Cobra Learning - Release Conditions

About Release Conditions

Release conditions allow you to create a custom learning path through the materials in your course. When you attach a release condition to an item, users cannot see that item until they meet the associated condition. For example, you could attach a release condition to the second topic in your course’s content area that would hide that topic until users viewed the topic before it. Or you could create a condition that required users to view a content topic before gaining access to a quiz, or one that required them to post to a discussion topic before they could see a content module.

If you attach multiple conditions to an item, users may need to meet all conditions before they can access the item. For example, you could require users to visit the first three content topics in a unit before gaining access to an associated quiz.  Or you can set it to completion of any of the conditions.

NOTE: if students cannot see an item, they may not know that it needs to be completed or that they need to return to Content to continue.  A checklist or instructions indicating that there are more items in the module can ease confusion over the hidden items.

Tools that support release conditions

You can put release conditions on the following items:

Note  Once a user meets a release condition, the condition is cleared for that user and cannot be reset. For example, if you attach a release condition to a discussion topic requiring users to achieve more than 60% on a quiz before they can access that topic, and one of your participants receives 72% on the quiz but you adjust their grade to 55% they will be able to access the topic because they did meet the requirement at some point.

Best practices for creating release conditions

Likewise on date-related items.  If you set a release condition and then an end date and the user misses the assignment, they are then locked out of the remainder of the path since they cannot meet the condition.

Example release condition scenarios

Setting up release conditions

Attach a release condition

  1. Locate the release conditions area, found in the item's editing mode. See the documentation for the appropriate tool for help editing items in that tool.
  2. Click Create and Attach.
  3. Select the Condition Type and complete the Condition Details.
  4. Click Create.
  5. Choose whether access to the item is dependent on meeting all or any of your conditions.
  6. Click Save.

Special considerations

Condition Notes

Content – All Content Topics Visited

This condition requires users to visit all modules within your course. You cannot specify only a single module. If you want to create a condition that would make a tool available only after a user has completed a specific module, create a condition using the Content Topic Visited option and require that they visit the last topic within the applicable content module or add each topic within the module, if all are required.

Discussions – Discussion posts authored in Topic

If posts to the selected topic require approval, this condition is only satisfied once posts are approved.

Reusing release conditions

If you’ve already created a condition and want to apply the same condition to another item, you can quickly select the condition from a list of existing conditions in your course by clicking Browse. This saves you entering the criteria a second time.

Note  When you attach an existing condition from another item to a second item, the two conditions are not associated in any way. If you change the condition on either item or remove the condition from either item it has no affect on the other.

Attach an existing condition

  1. Go to the edit page for the item you want to attach the condition to and locate the release conditions area.
  2. Click Browse.
  3. Select the condition.

    Tip  To narrow the list of conditions, choose the tool the condition is based on from the View Conditions for drop-down list.

  4. Click Attach.
  5. Click Save.

Removing release conditions

  1. Go to the edit page for the item you want to remove the condition from and locate the release conditions area.
  2. Click the Remove icon beside a specific condition to remove it, or click Remove All Conditions to remove all conditions for an item.
  3. Click Save.

See Also:

Tech Service Desk

Room A184, 217-353-3333

Fall/Spring: 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. M-Th. / 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Fridays

Summer: 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. M-Th

Submit an IT Help Ticket via