How do I use adaptive or conditional release in my Blackboard course?

Blackboard's "adaptive release" function allows instructors to set pre-conditions (or rules) students must meet before gaining access to content. These rules can include date, membership, grade or review status.

Adaptive Release is Conditional Release in an Ultra course.

If you use ORIGINAL for your course

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  1. Navigate to the content item you wish to add the Adaptive Release rule to.

  2. Click on the contextual menu (down-facing chevron) and choose Adaptive Release from the drop down menu.

  3. A basic Adaptive Release rule allows you to set availability based on individual or mixed criteria.

    1. Select a date and time for an item's availability to students (the same feature is available when you edit an item).

    2. Select usernames or groups of students whom you wish to see certain content (Remember to click Go to pull up members of the course, if you use the browse menu).

    3. Select a Gradebook Item, such as an exam. Then, select a condition for the item to be visible (i.e. if students received at least an 80% on Exam 1, the Word document will become available).

    4. Select another item that you wish the students to mark as reviewed, prior to gaining access to this item.

  4. Click Submit

More Information

See Blackboard's own FAQ page on adding adaptive release rules.

If you use ULTRA for your course

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  1. Access a folder, module, or individual content item in your course.

  2. Select Release conditions from the Visibility menu.

  3. Choose to display content to All members of the course (default) or specific members or groups in the course.

    If you do not yet have a group set up, you can prepare this within the release conditions interface.

  4. Choose to show/hide content based on date or performance:

    1. Date:  Choose this to release an item or folder on an exact date, until a certain date, or during a defined period of time. If you set a folder for release on a specific date, students can't expand or view the contents in the folder until that date, even if you make the folder visible before students have access. After the release date, if all the contents have no date restrictions, students can view everything in the folder.

      TIP - if you need to restrict access to a test or assignment, please use the access code feature. See → How do I add a password to lock a test or assignment or prevent late submissions?

    2. Performance: Select the graded item you want to base the rule on. The Grade requirement list appears with a range of scores, based on the item's grade schema and maximum point value. A custom range can be based on the item's grade schema and maximum score, or you can use score percentage. At this time, you cannot release content based on an attempt.

  5. Ultra will display the criteria required for students to access the content, but not the content itself.