How to: Apply adaptive release on modules

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What is adaptive release?

This blog assumes that you already know what modules are, and how you can set them up in Canvas.  If you are not sure, we recommend you to read our blog on How to: Create and Manage Modules in Canvas first and then return to these instructions.

When working with Modules, Canvas allows instructors to release course content based on prerequisites and requirements; in other words, you can control when content is made available to students.

It is important to understand the difference between prerequisites and requirements.  When you apply prerequisite to a module, students must have completed the prerequisite in order to access the content of that module. Module requirements are the actions that the students must take in order that the module is considered complete.

In other words, if you wish to restrict access to Module 2 based on completing certain actions in Module 1, you must add requirements for completion to Module 1, then add a prerequisite to Module 2.

How do I apply requirements to a module?

To apply requirements to a module, follow the steps below:

  1. In Course Navigation, click on Modules.
  2. Locate the name of the module and click on Settings.
  3. Select Edit.  The Edit module settings window will pop up.
  4. Under Requirements, click Add Requirements.
  5. If you want students to complete all requirements, select Students must complete all of these requirements.  You can also request students to complete requirements in a sequential order, this is done by selecting Students must move through requirements in sequential order.
  6. If you require students to complete only one requirement, select Student must complete one of these requirements.
  7. Select the module item that students must complete from the drop-down menu.
  8. You must also select the requirement for each item.  The requirement indicates to students what they are required to do for each item.
  9. To add additional requirements, click Add Requirement.
  10. Click on the Update Module button.
  11. The prerequisite(s) applied to each module will be reflected in the module header.

How do I apply prerequisites to a module?

To apply prerequisites to a module, follow the steps below:

  1. Follow steps 1 -3 above.
  2. Under Prerequisites, click the Add Prerequisite link.
  3. In the drop-down menu, select the module you want students to complete before moving on.
  4. If you wish to add additional prerequisites, click on  Add Prerequisite.
  5. Click on the Update Module button.
  6. The prerequisite(s) applied to each module will be reflected in the module header.

For more information on modules check the guides below:

How to lock modules.

Using MasteryPaths in modules.


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