Adaptive Release Canvas Course Design

Setting Discussion Availability

When creating Discussions, it is possible to set the date and time availability of a forum. Unfortunately, it does not appear to be possible to make discussions available to different sections at different dates/times either from within the Discussions area or in Sections.

For workarounds, see the Module is Complete When section within the instructions outlining Modules: Controlling Content Availability via Modules noted below this section.

To Set Discussion Availability:

  1. Click Discussions in the course menu.
  2. Click on the Discussion you wish to edit.
    Note: If you have not yet created a Discussion, click [+ Discussion] then jump to step 4 below.
  3. Click [Edit] located at the top right.
  4. At the bottom of the page, set the Available From date.
  5. If applicable, set the Available Until date.
  6. Click [Save].
Adaptive Release

Adaptively Releasing Content

Setting Content Availability

Content release scenarios can be created by combining availability dates and settings on:

  • Files/Folders in the File Area of the course
  • Assignments and Quizzes
  • Discussions
  • Pages
  • Modules

A few possible scenarios are outlined in the images below.

Scenario 1: When a Module is locked, the content within it is locked until the Module becomes available.

Scenario 2: Module is unlocked, but content within it is locked because content must be viewed/completed first.

Scenario 3: Module is unlocked, but content within it that has set availability dates is locked until the specified date.

Scenario 4: A page is available, but linked content within the page that has set availability dates is locked.

Adaptive Release Functions

The following links will take you to detailed instructions on managing content release variables in Canvas.