Restrict access is a feature in iLearn that will lock an activity until a student has met a specific criteria. It is best used in conjunction with activity completion, by basing a student's ability to access an activity based on whether they have completed the previous activities. For example, an instructor can restrict access to Quiz 2 until the student meets the completion criteria for Quiz 1.
Note: Restrict access has many different criteria settings, including those based on date and time. It is highly recommended to use an activity's normal open and due date settings rather than restrict access for time-based availability as improperly setting restrict access can have unwanted side effects and lock students out of completing assignments unnecessarily if used improperly. Restrict access is not intended as a way of locking students out of learning opportunities and should only be used in cases of directed learning, where something is locked until they have the ability and resources to complete the activity or view the resource.
This guide will specifically cover using restrict access in conjunction with activity completion. It is best to set up activity completion first before continuing with this guide as some options will not be available until you have set up at least one activity to have completion criteria.
To set up restrict access based on activity completion
- After choosing all of your activity's normal settings (this will vary by type of activity), scroll down to the Restrict Access section and select it to expand it
- Select Add restriction
- Select Activity completion
- In the first drop down menu, select which activity will be checked for completion
- In the second drop down menu, select a condition, noting that not all conditions may apply to all types of activity.
Note: It is safest to select must be marked as complete and let the other activity define what that means as not all activities that have completion criteria have a concept of grades or "passing grades". Note also that you can select an inverse of "Not marked as complete" where you can have this item open if another item is not completed yet.
- Save your changes and return to course
Upon successful configuration, your item should look something like this.
In this example, the forum titled Discuss your history with hardware synthesizers is restricted until a student completes the glossary called Synthesizer terms and definitions.
For additional assistance, contact Academic Technology: (415) 405-5555, firstname.lastname@example.org, LIB 80