Adaptive Release is a tool available in Blackboard that allows an instructor to set multiple types of availability settings for folders, content items, tests and assignments to name a few.


Adaptive Release settings include:

  • Date and Time release - reduces the availability of content to a specific time and date range.
  • Membership - allows access to the content via choosing one or more specific people (by pawprint) or by previously set up Groups.
  • Grade - can be set up to require users to get a passing grade on a quiz before they can access the next set of content.
  • Review Status - requires the user to mark the item as reviewed before they can access the next set of conten


To set up Adaptive Release

1. Go to the area of your course where the item is located.
2. Click on the gray arrow  and choose Adaptive Release (See, Fig. 1)



Fig. 1, Adaptive Release

  1. Choose the type of adaptive release you would like to use
    1. Date and Time: Input the dates and times that you would like the item to be available for users to access.
    2. Membership: Type in or browse for the pawprints of users that you would like to be able to view the item. Or, select and use the arrow arrow_grey.png to move the desired Group into the Selected Items area.
    3. Grade: Choose the grade center item that you want the users to recieve a particular grade on before they can access the current item.  Then, input the score or percent that the user needs to achieve.
    4. Review Status: Select the item that the students must check as reviewed before gaining access to the current item.

NOTE:  You do NOT have to use all of these options, you may not need to use any of them.

Further notes on MEMBERSHIP:
The most common use of Adaptive Release is to allow a specific student to take a quiz at a different time than the rest of the class. The quiz can be made available to just one student via the Membership option.

Further notes on REVIEW STATUS:
Enabling Review Status for an Item in Blackboard creates a button below the item (see Fig. 2, below). Students can click the button to indicate that they have reviewed the content item.


Fig. 2, The Mark Reviewed and Reviewed status positions

Why is this useful?

Enabling Review Status for an item creates a Review Status column in the Performance Dashboard. You can click rows in this column to see a summary of all items with Review Status enabled and the status of each item for the individual student. Obviously, for this information to be meaningful, students must remember to mark as Reviewed any items they have reviewed. Further, students can change the status of any Review Status item without leaving a record of the previous status (e.g., a student can mark an item for review after marking it as reviewed).