How Do I Assign Content to Students?

Assigning Content to Students

To assign content to students, the first step is to add it to the Learning Path.  If the content isn’t in the Learning Path, the students will not be able to see it.

Once you place the content in the Learning Path, there are two ways to assign content to students within Courseware.  You can either use Rules (conditional release) or Dates to hide and show content when the students are allowed to access it.

To do either of these tasks, you first must be in Edit mode.


The first way to assign content to students is by setting rules.  Rules allows you to set a condition on a piece of content, which provides access for students to that content.  Once you are in edit mode, you will see Rules in the top navigation.

You can release content by Students, Resource, Assessment, or Competency.  You can release based on one of these or multiple settings.  If you use multiple, it will be an ‘and’ statement. In other words, they must complete all criteria set before the content is released to the student.

To set criteria for a content item, you will click on the plus sign next to the content and in the column of the criteria you want to use.

The various settings you can use for each criteria are below:

Students – you can choose the students you want to release the criteria to, this can be one or multiple.  You can move over one student at a time, by using the arrow next to the student or move multiple students at once, by checking the box next to the student and use the large arrow in the blue box to move them over.  If you move over someone accidentally or decide you don’t want to release it to that student at a later date, you can always move them back.

Resources–you can release content by the access of a resource.  Through this release, you can make sure students access a resource before they are released to see another piece of content.  You can do this by amount of time they spend on the resource or the number of times they access it.

You do this by selecting the resource that the student must access (can be more than one) and then setting the criteria.

Click ‘Save’ when you are done.

Assessments – you can release content by the access or completion of an assessment. Through this, you can make sure students take an assessment before they continue with the content.  You can release a resource, another assessment or a module.

You do this by selecting the assessment next to the piece of content you want to release and then set the criteria. Criteria includes score, amount of time, and access settings.

Click ‘Save’ when you are done.

Outcomes – you can also release content on how well someone is or is not doing on a particular outcome within the course.  All content within the course is aligned to learning objectives that are then aligned to learning outcomes.

To release based on outcomes, select the plus sign under outcomes for the content piece you want to release.  You will then select the outcome or objective you want to release by and if you want them to not meet, meet, or exceed that outcome/objective.

Click ‘Save’ when you are done.


The second way to assign content to students is by adding dates.  Within the course, you can add visibility dates to any resource or assessment.  This allows you to determine when the students can view the content.  In addition to visibility, you can also add attempt dates to assessments.  You can do this at an individual content level or you can do this at an Instructional Unit (IU) level.  If you place dates at the IU level, the system will place that date on all items within that IU.  This is a great way to open up a module one at a time. 

To set dates, make sure you are in edit mode and click on any module or content item in your Learning Path and you will be able to adjust the dates.  To apply date settings, at an individual item level you will expand the ‘Dates’ area and if you do it at an IU level, you will expand ‘Dates’ and click on ‘Set Dates.’

You can also set a specific time for your date.  The default is 00:00:00, which means the resource will open at midnight.

If you add a visibility date you will automatically need to add an attempt date.  Along with an attempt date, which is the first date they can submit the assessment, you also have the ability to put a due date on it.  This can be the end of the semester or on a specific date.

As you see by the red asterisk, Dates are mandatory.  The default for dates is “Always Visible.”  If you want to apply specific visibility dates, select “Visible From.” 

You can also allow for late submissions.  The students will never see this information, but it will tell you and the student that they submitted it late.  You can set it to the end of the semester (which is the default) or offset it by so many days.

The students don’t see the course calendar, so you can ignore the option to ‘Add to Student Calendar.’

Important Note: If you set dates at the IU level and want to adjust a content item within that IU, you can do that, you just need to stay within the date range of the IU.

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