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Desire2Learn 9.0

Releasing Course Content

Desire2Learn offers several options for releasing course content to students when certain conditions are met. Instructors also have the option of hiding course content from all users. You can release course content based on availability date, group membership, quiz grades, quiz completion, survey completion, and checklist completion. In addition, you can modify these release conditions for your content.

For information on creating course content, see Publishing Content: Creating Modules and Publishing Content: Creating Topics.

NOTE: The Hide option should only be used to manually hide content from all students. Use this option if you have not yet decided when or to whom your content should be released. Using the Hide option will override all other conditions you have set for your content.

return to topUnderstanding Release Conditions

Availability Date
This option allows you to release content only after and/or until a specified date.

Group Enrollment
This option allows you to release content only to specific groups of students in your course. For more information, refer to Releasing Content to Specific Groups.

Quiz Scores or Completion
This option allows you to release content only to students who have completed a specified quiz in your course. You also have the option of releasing content only to students who have obtained your chosen minimum or maximum quiz score. For more information about quizzes, refer to Quizzing: Process Overview.

Survey Completion or Attempt
This option allows you to release content only to students who have completed or attempted a specified survey in your course. For more information about surveys, refer to Creating Surveys.

Checklist or Checklist Item Completion
This option allows you to release content only to students who have completed a specified checklist in your course.

return to topReleasing Content Based on Availability Date

This section explains how to release content to students based on dates you choose. If the release conditions are set on the module, all topics within that module are affected.

  1. From the Course Home page, click CONTENT
    The Manage Content pane appears.

  2. For the desired topic or module, click EDITEdit button
    The Edit pane appears.

  3. Select the Restrictions tab
    The Availability and Release Conditions options appear.
    Release conditions pane

  4. To set a date when the content will first be available,
    1. Select Has Start Date
    2. Using the Has Start Date pull-down menus, select the desired starting date and time
  5. To set a date when the content will no longer be available,
    1. Select Has End Date
    2. Using the Has Start Date pull-down menus, select the desired starting date and time
  6. OPTIONAL: To display the dates in the course Schedule, select Display in Schedule

  7. Click SAVE
    Your availability dates are set.
    NOTE: In the Manage Content pane, content with availability restrictions bear this iconAvailability Restriction icon.

return to topAdding Additional Release Conditions

This section explains how to release content to students based on the various release conditions described in the Releasing Content Based on Availability Date section.

  1. From the Course Home page, click CONTENT
    The Manage Content pane appears.

  2. For the appropriate topic or module, click EDITEdit button
    The Edit pane appears.

  3. Select the Restrictions tab

  4. Under Release Conditions, click CREATE AND ATTACH
    The Create a New Release Condition dialog box appears.
    Create a New Release Condition dialog box

  5. From the Condition Type pull-down menu, select the desired condition
    A Condition Details pull-down menu appears.

  6. From the new pull-down list that appears, select the name of the group, quiz, survey, or checklist
    The dialog box is refreshed.
    NOTE: Some of the conditions require you to enter additional values (e.g., if you are releasing content based on a minimum or maximum quiz grade, in the Minimum Grade or Maximum Grade text box, type the desired grade as a percent).

  7. Click CREATE
    You are returned to the Restrictions tab on the Edit pane.

  8. In the Edit dialog box, click SAVE
    NOTE:
    In the Manage Content pane, content with additional release conditions bear this iconRelease Conditions icon.

Removing Additional Release Conditions

  1. From the Course Home page, click CONTENT
    The Manage Content pane appears.

  2. For the appropriate topic or module, click EDITEdit button
    The Edit dialog box appears.

  3. Select the Restrictions tab

  4. In the Release Conditions section, for the condition you want to remove, click REMOVERemove This Condition button
    OR
    To remove all conditions, click REMOVE ALL CONDITIONSRemove All Conditions button
    The condition(s) appear in gray with a strike-through. Next to the condition, instead of REMOVERemove This Condition button, RESTORE Restore button appears.
    NOTE: To reattach a condition, click RESTORE Restore button

  5. Click SAVE

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