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Adding release conditions

How does release conditions work?

Release conditions allow you to create a custom learning path through the materials in your course. When you attach a release condition to an item, your students won’t be able to view or access that item until they meet the associated condition. Let them know that you have set up these release conditions by posting in the Announcements, or post in the descriptions of the module/topic, etc. Note: Once users meet an associated condition, a pop-up notification appears to inform the user that additional content is now available.

  • What is required: A D2L Brightspace course and activity to put the release condition

For example:

  1. Require students to complete an activity (i.e. Syllabus Quiz, Introduce Yourself,etc.) before accessing course content.
  2. Require students to obtain a certain percentage on an activity (i.e. 100% on Syllabus Quiz) to access content items.
  3. Require student to complete a non-graded activity before accessing a graded activity.
  4. Release an answer key to students who completed the assignment.

If you attach multiple conditions to an item, students must meet all conditions before they can access the item. For example, you could require users to visit the first three content topics in a unit before gaining access to an associated quiz.

Once a user meets a release condition, the condition is cleared for that user and cannot be reset. For example, if you attach a release condition to a discussion topic requiring users to achieve more than 60% on a quiz before they can access that topic, and one of your participants receives 72% on the quiz but you adjust their grade to 55% they will be able to access the topic because they did meet the requirement at some point.

How do you add Release Conditions?

The Release Condition iconcontent and discussion release condition icon or assignment and quiz release condition iconwill be displayed any time a release condition is involved with a tool. You always place the release condition on the item that you would like to be released, not on the item that triggers its release. For example, if I want a content topic to be released after a quiz has been taken, I will place the release condition on the content topic, not the quiz.

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Which area in Brightspace can I use Release Conditions?

You can access release conditions for any of the following course items: Checklist, Content modules, Content topics, Custom widgets, Discussion forums, Discussion topics, Assignments, Grade items, Grade categories, Intelligent Agents, Announcement items, Quizzes, and Surveys. Below we just show you some course items that are commonly used.

Learn more about release conditions types and what the condition means

Content modules
  1. Under the module title, click Add dates and restrictions…
    Add dates and restrictions... under Content module's name
  2. Click Create and choose the condition type and details from the list and click Create.
    If you have more than one condition, choose between “All conditions must be met” (default) or “Any condition must be met.”
    Create release conditionsSave release conditions settings
  3. Click Update to save.
    You should see the release condition icon below the module’s name.
    release condition for content module
  4. To remove the release condition, click on the release condition item below the module’s name, click X next to the condition item, and click Update to save.
Content topics
  1. Click the topic action menu and select Edit Properties In-place.
    content topic, click edit properties in place
  2. Click Add dates and restrictions…
    content topic add dates and restrictions...
  3. Click Create and choose the condition type and details from the list and click Create.
    If you have more than one condition, choose between “All conditions must be met” (default) or “Any condition must be met.”
    choose release conditions from the list
  4. Click Update to save.
    You should see the release condition icon below the topic’s name.
    content topic release conditions status
  5. To remove the release condition, click on the release condition item below the topic’s name, click X next to the condition item, and click Update to save.
Discussion forums and topics
  1. Go to the Discussions tool
  2. Click the forum or topic action menu and select Edit forum or Edit topic
  3. Click Restrictions tab
  4. Click Create and Attach and choose the condition type and details from the list and click Create.
    If you have more than one condition, choose between “All conditions must be met” (default) or “Any condition must be met.”
    discussions restrictions tab to create release conditions
  5. Click Save and Close to save.
    You should see the release condition icon below the discussion forum or topic’s name.
    discussions forum and topic release conditions status
  6. To remove the release condition, follow the steps above and click on the X next to the release condition item. Then click Save and Close to save.
Assignments
  1. Go to the Assignment tool
  2. Click the assignment action menu and select Edit Submission Folder
  3. Click Restrictions tab
  4. Click Create and Attach and choose the condition type and details from the list and click Create.
    If you have more than one condition, choose between “All conditions must be met” (default) or “Any condition must be met.”
    assignments restrictions tab to create release conditions
  5. Click Save and Close to save.
    You should see the release condition icon next to the assignment’s name.
    assignments release conditions status
  6. To remove the release condition, follow the steps above and click on the X next to the release condition item. Then click Save and Close to save.
Quizzes
  1. Go to the Quizzes tool
  2. Click the quiz action menu and select Edit
  3. Click Restrictions tab
  4. Click Create and Attach and choose the condition type and details from the list and click Create.
    If you have more than one condition, choose between “All conditions must be met” (default) or “Any condition must be met.”
    quiz restrictions tab to create release conditions
  5. Click Save and Close to save.
    You should see the release condition icon next to the quiz’s name.
    quiz release conditions status
  6. To remove the release condition, follow the steps above and click on the X next to the release condition item. Then click Save and Close to save.
Best practices for creating release conditions
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