Release Conditions

How do 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, users cannot see that item until they meet the associated condition. For example, you could attach a release condition to the second topic in your course’s content area that would hide that topic until users viewed the topic before it. Or you could create a condition that required users to view a content topic before gaining access to a quiz, or one that required them to post to a discussion topic before they could see a content module.

Release conditions can also be added to intelligent agents to create email notifications for users. For example, you could create an intelligent agent that sends a reminder email to users who have not yet completed a required quiz or assignment in the course. This scenario is ideal for using release conditions with the "not" operator.

If you attach multiple conditions to an item, users 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.

Tools that support release conditions

You can access release conditions for any of the following course items:

  • Checklist
  • Content modules and topics
  • Custom widgets
  • Discussion forums and topics
  • Dropbox folders
  • Grade items and categories
  • Intelligent Agents
  • News items
  • Quizzes
  • Surveys

Access Release Conditions

  1. Navigate to the course item you want to add release conditions to.
  2. From the context menu of the course item, click the Edit icon [course item].
  3. Do any of the following:
  • To access release conditions for a discussion forum or topic, checklist, dropbox submissions folder, grade item, quiz, or survey, click the Restrictions tab.
  • To access release conditions for a News item, scroll to the Additional Release Conditions area.

Release Condition Types

There are several types of release conditions. For a current list, please visit this D2L support page of release condition types. You may also want to review this list of best practices for creating release conditions. Please note, some of the terms may be slightly different on the D2L Brightspace support pages because they are not customized for Vol State.


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