Would you like to require students to participate in a discussion, view a file, or some other prerequisite before moving forward in your Canvas course? Faculty who enjoyed Blackboard’s adaptive release tool will be pleased with what Canvas offers, as it’s easier to use, and more flexible.
You have multiple ways to release content conditionally:
- By date and time
- By requiring completion of another module, in its entirety
- By requiring students view a file, or mark it as done
- By requiring students participate in a discussion
- By requiring students to submit an assignment
- By requiring a performance threshold on a submitted assignment
It’s recommended that you build a module or two before configuring the conditional release settings. However, we encourage you to experiment with the tool at any time, as it opens up ideas for how you can design and facilitate your course.
To Get Started:
Go into a Canvas course, navigate to your Modules page, and click the three dots, as shown below, to edit the module. The settings will appear on the page.
Module Conditional Release Settings:
An Instructure-developed video provides a walk-through on setting up the settings. You’ll need to navigate to the two-minute mark for the demonstration on module settings.
When you set up prerequisite modules, students must complete a module before moving to the next module.
For each module, you can only set prerequisite modules that come before a specific module. You may need to reorder modules to create correct prerequisite availability.
Please note that you cannot prevent a student from accessing an upcoming module unless requirements have also been set for the prior modules. Requirements indicate the order that students are required to complete module items.
Note: You can only add prerequisites if you have added at least one module.
How does this align to Canvas training materials?
Priming the Canvas: Module 6 “Structuring the Course”
- How do I lock a module? (make a module unavailable until a specific date and time)
- How do I require students to move through each module item in order? (require students complete assignments, readings or other content in specific order)
- How do I set up prerequisite modules? (force students to complete each module in order before starting the next one)
- How do I add requirements to a module? (force students to meet certain requirements before progressing forward in coursework)
- Visit canvas.wcu.edu
- Contact the 24/7 Canvas Help if you need help with issues as you are working in Canvas. (NOTE: 24/7 Canvas Help goes away on June 30 and Help will be taken over by the WCU Helpdesk which is not manned 24/7).
- Canvas Migration FAQ
- Register for one of the Zoom sessions which will be held on Thursdays and Fridays at 11:00 A.M. after reviewing the Priming the Canvas Course. This week’s sessions will cover Discussions in Canvas as well as How to release content conditionally in Canvas.
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