Topics in this article include:

Setting Multiple Release Dates for Content (Adaptive Release)

Test Availability Exceptions



Setting Multiple Release Dates for Content (Adaptive Release)

In many courses, instructors set up release dates to manage when students are able to access content. This may be set on a folder or module level (ex weekly content) or on individual items or tools (ex files, Assignments, discussions, etc.). In some instances you may need to modify your release dates in order to accommodate a student (or a few students) who need to access the content earlier than the rest of the class. 


The Adaptive Release tool will allow you to create one rule to release the content for the student(s) with accommodations, and then create a second rule for the rest of the students. This will allow your first student(s) to receive the content in advance while the other students will receive it at the regularly scheduled time.


To do so, locate your module in the course and hover over it until the chevron appears. Click the chevron to open a menu.

image of myLesley content folder with callout to menu button


This will open a menu. Select Adaptive Release: Advanced

image of folder menu with callout to Adaptive Release:Advanced button


This will bring you into the Adaptive Release: Advanced area. Click Create Rule.

image of Adaptive Release Advanced area with callout to Create Rule button


Give your rule a name and click Submit

image of rule name


Now that you have created your rule, you will need to add criteria to the rule, including membership and date. Click Create Criteria to open a menu.

image of create criteria button


Select Membership to add a specific student to the rule. This rule will only apply to those selected.

image of criteria membership button



Add members to your group. You may add students by username or by group. Once you have added members, click Submit.

image of membership criteria. You may add individual users or course groups.


You will be brought back to your rule criteria page. Click Create Criteria to add dates to the rule.


Select Date to specify the date the content will be available to the rule member(s).

image of date button



Set the date and time when you want students to access the content. Click Submit to save changes.



You will be brought back to your Rule. Click OK to return to the Adaptive Released: Advanced page and create a second rule.

image of completed rule criteria page



Repeat the same steps as before. This time you will add the remainder of the students to the membership rule and select a second release date for the date rule. Once both rules have been created, your first student(s) will be able to access the content early and the rest of the students will be able to access the content at the regularly scheduled time.



Test Availability Exceptions

You may add various exceptions for students using the Test tool. Exceptions include the number of attempts, the timer, the availability date/time, and force completion.


To add exceptions, locate your test in your course. Click on the chevron to the right of the test name to open a menu.

click the chevron to the right of the test name to open a menu


Select Edit the Test Options.

from the menu, select edit the test options


In your Test Options, scroll down to the Test Availability Exceptions. Click Add User or Group to begin adding exceptions.


in the test availability exceptions section, click on add user or group


You will then see a list of users and groups in your course. Select the user(s) or group(s) to which the exception will apply. You can add more than one exception to a test.



select the users or groups



Once you have selected your user(s) or group(s), add the exceptions. For example, User 1 may have unlimited attempts and a longer availability window.


select the exceptions


Repeat the process for the exceptions. You may have multiple people with exceptions for each test.


Once you have finished adding exceptions, click Submit to save your changes.