Just the Basics: Adaptive Release

Blackboard 9.1

The Butterfly Scenario

Here's the scenario: Your recently enrolled student, like a little butterfly, is flitting around your course, flying from Unit 1 to Unit 4 and back to Unit 2. It's becoming obvious that our little butterfly is going to have a difficult time gaining the skills he needs to succeed on his final exam if he continues down this wayward path. How can we help our butterfly to fly straighter and reach his destination?
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Adaptive Release

Adaptive Release is a Blackboard bool that can help you keep students on track. You can use it to control a student's access to course content, to monitor student progress, and to more clearly understand how a student is progressing--or NOT--through your course.
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Adaptive Release Criteria

Four criteria can be used to set rules for Adaptive Release:

-Date: To open and close units using a calendar

-Review Status: To track progress

-Membership: To provide special learning options to groups of students

-Grade: To control access based on an assignment or assessment score.

Grade rules are the easiest to set up, so this is a good starting point for understanding Adaptive Release.

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Step 1: Prepare your Content

To prepare, move your course content into folders. This will allow you to hide an entire folder from students until the criteria you set has been achieved.

Then, in Edit mode, select the folder you want to control and using the dropdown menu behind the title, choose "Adaptive Release."

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Step 2: Select the Adaptive Release option

Here is where you see all four criteria, but we will work only with Grade rules.
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Step 3: Set the rule

Using the "Select a Grade Center Column" menu, choose the assignment or assessment upon which you will base the rule. In this case, I have selected the Unit 1 Lesson 1 Quiz, which has only two questions. (See the number in parentheses at the end of the quiz title? That tells you how many questions there are in this quiz.)

Now, set the Score or Percentage that you will accept as evidence that a student should move forward, and click Submit.

Note: Before you test your rule, make sure that the quiz options are set to multiple or unlimited attempts so that students can keep trying to earn the required score and move forward.

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Step 4: Test it!

Now, using the Student View option in Bb, enter your class. You see Unit I Lesson I but NOT Unit 1 Lesson 2.

Enter Unit 1 Lesson 1, and take your quiz two times-- pass it and then fail it--to make sure your Adaptive Release rule works.

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