Schedule a Conditional Release Restricted Assignment

You can require each of your students to achieve a threshold score on a previous assignment before starting work on the assignment with the conditional release restriction.

Conditional release restricted assignments are indicated with a conditional release icon conditional assignment icon.

Conditional release restricted assignments for which a student has not yet achieved the threshold score on the prerequisite assignment are listed with a disabled appearance. When the student attempts to open the assignment, the restriction is listed. For example:
You must achieve 70% or higher on Homework 1 to access this assignment.

You might want add a conditional release restriction in order to:

  • Ensure your students understand certain concepts or gain skills through an assignment before they move on to an assignment that requires a more advanced skill level.
  • Allow your students to work at their own pace, completing assignments in a particular order, as long as they achieve the release score you set.
  • Require your students to complete a starter assignment, such as a placement quiz or a survey, before they begin assignments for your class.
You determine how to work with students who are unable to achieve the threshold score on the prerequisite assignment. You can:
Option Description
Waive the restriction for specific students. Either the students must contact you to request a waiver, or you must review your students' scores on the prerequisite assignment to determine who needs the restriction to be waived.
Tip This is a good way to identify students who are struggling. Then you can, as needed:
  • provide the student with additional instruction
  • grant an extension or additional submissions on the prerequisite assignment
  • manually waive the restriction
Specify a date after which the conditional release restriction is automatically waived for all students.

This ensures that every student has an opportunity to complete the assignment without your intervention. Allow enough time after the waiver release date for struggling students to complete the conditional release restricted assignment before it is due.

Do neither. The conditional release restricted assignment will be available only to students achieving the threshold score on the prerequisite assignment.
Note Use this strategy only to challenge or reward your top students with bonus assignments.

Before scheduling a conditional release restricted assignment, schedule the prerequisite assignment. This is the assignment your students must complete before they start the conditional release assignment. It must be available for students to begin work before the conditional release restricted assignment is due.

  1. Schedule the assignment, if you have not already done so.
  2. Open the Schedule page and navigate to the assignment.

    From My Classes, click Class Schedule under Class Tools.

    Tip Click a scheduled assignment in the Assignments list to view the week for which it is scheduled.
  3. Beside the assignment, click Actions button > Edit Restrictions.
  4. On the Edit Restrictions page, select Conditional Release.
  5. Enter the threshold score that your students must achieve.
  6. Select the prerequisite assignment on which your students must achieve the threshold score.

    You can choose from other assignments for this section that will be available to your students before the current assignment is due.

    Important Do not change the prerequisite assignment after students have begun work on the current assignment.
  7. Optional: Allow all students to complete the assignment after a specified date, even if they did not meet the threshold score on the prerequisite assignment.
    1. Select Automatically waive restriction for all students after.
    2. Set the date and time after which the restriction is automatically waived.

    Students who do not achieve the threshold score on the prerequisite assignment can work on the current assignment after the restriction is waived automatically.

  8. Click Save.