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Conditional release

Conditional release is a feature that allows course administrators and tutors to release resources and activities for their students based on specific criteria such as date, received grade or participation.  E.g if you require your students to read a resource, or add a post to a forum before they can take a quiz, you can use conditional release to ensure the prerequisite activities are completed.

Table of contents:

Turn on activity completion

  1. Login to Moodle with your UCL username and password at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/moodle
  2. Navigate to your Moodle course 
  3. Click on Settings > Course Administration > Edit Settings
  4. Scroll down to the Student Progress section and ensure Completion tracking is set to Enabled, control via completion and activity settings
  5. Click Save changes

Once you have followed these steps, and returned to your course, to the right of any resource or activity on your course, you will see some unchecked boxes to the right of the course elements:


This indicates that you can use conditional release on these items.

Enabling activity completion for individual resources or activities

Once you have done this, you now have to ensure all of the items you want to apply restrictions to have the correct Activity completion settings

  1. In the top right hand corner of your course, Turn editing on
  2. Select the resource you would like to apply the activity completion to, and click on the icon
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to the Activity completion:


Here, you can select how you would like your students to indicate that they have completed this activity. You have three options:

  • Do not indicate activity completion
  • Students can manually mark the activity as completed
  • Show activity as complete when conditions are met.

Select from the second or third option, depending on how you would like your students to indicate that they have completed the activity.
The conditions might be something simple like 'Require view' for a document, or a certain grade for an assessed element.
You can also choose a date when you expect the activity to be completed; leave this blank if you do not have a clear date in mind.

Applying conditional release

Now you have enabled the activity completion for the required resources or activities, you can now apply the conditional release.

  1. In the top right hand corner of your course, Turn editing on
  2. Select the resource you would like to apply the activity completion to, and click on the icon

You have two options here, Grade options or Activity completion conditions:

  • Grade condition allows you to select a grade you want the student to achieve before the item is made available to them.
  • Activity completion condition allows you to implement conditions for non-graded items.
    *NOTE: Questionnaires have an option where the 'Student must receive a grade to complete this activity', which means when a student submits the questionnaire they get 100% for the questionnaire and it is marked as complete. This means you can restrict activities and resources to only those students who complete the questionnaire. E.g. you might provide additional exam tips for those who complete the module feedback.

For both options, you can apply more than one condition by clicking on the Add 2 activity conditions to form
Once you have chosen the conditions, you can then choose how you want to display the item to students before they have completed it. The item can either be greyed-out, with the restriction information available, or it can be hidden entirely.
Click Save and return to course or Save and display
On the course home page, you will see your activity with the restriction message appearing underneath:

Restricting access to an entire section

You can now restrict access to an entire section of your Moodle course area based on date, name, grouping, activity completion, or grade condition.

  1. Go to your area and Turn editing on.
  2. Go to the section for which you want to restrict access.
  3. Click its Pen icon; a page displays on which you can edit its Summary.
  4. Scroll down to the Restrict access settings.

  1. Change the settings as needed, then scroll down and Save changes.
  2. Check your section is displaying as intended, either by using a test student account, contacting E-Learning Environments or by enrolling a colleague in one of the roles affected.
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