Adaptive Release Canvas Course Design

Setting Assignment Availability

When creating Assignments, it is possible to make the assignments available at various dates and times to different sections and individual students. It is important to note that the sections must be created prior to applying them to the Assignment.

To set assignment availability:

  1. Click Assignments in the course menu.
  2. Select the Assignment you wish to edit from the Assignments list,
    Note: If you have not yet created the Assignment, select Add Assignment at the far right of the page.
  3. Within the expanded Assignment , click [Edit].
  4. Within the Assignment, scroll down the page to the Assign area.
  5. At the bottom of the page, click in the Assign To field and select a section or student as appropriate.

Note: If setting availability for all students in the course, select Everyone.

6. Click on the calendar icon to select a Due Date for that section.

  1. Click on the calendar icon to select an Available From date/time.
  2. If applicable, select the Until date.
    Note: By selecting an Until date, the assignment will automatically become locked once that date/time is reached so students will not be able to submit the assignment after that date.
  3. Click [+Add] to add another due date.
  4. Repeat 5 – 9 for all sections.
  5. Click [Save] to apply the settings.

Quizzes can also be moderated to give users additional attempts if necessary. See the moderate quizzes tutorial.

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.