Customized Forced Progression

This article provides steps, tips, and suggestions on how to create customized forced progression in Buzz.

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Forced Progression allows you to prevent a student from moving through a course freely. Forced progression can be set up for one student, a group of students, or your entire class. This article will explain the different ways to customize forced progression.

Different Forced Progression Considerations

Forced progression is often determined by a teacher, based on student need, content delivery, and class expectations.

Where to Place Forced Progression Restrictions

Below are a few options teachers may consider as to where to place the restriction. The settings you determine are similar to each option listed, but where you place the settings will differ.

Content Level: One approach is to create required pieces of content at the lesson level to ensure a student completes essential activities prior to accessing the next lesson. In our directions below, you will see adjusting the settings at the lesson level. This approach can also be taken to any activity level, not just at the lesson level.

Assessment Level: Another approach is to create required pieces of content before a student can access a specific assessment. Teachers may do this at the Mastery Assessment level, lesson level assessments, etc. The steps are similar to the lesson level, but you adjust the settings on the assessment verses the lesson folder.

Options for Applying Restrictions

Once determining where to place the access restriction, teachers will need to decide how to apply the restriction.

Block Access until Student Completes the Other Activity: This option allows you to force a student to complete an activity or a series of activities before moving to the next.

Block Access until Student Masters Objectives: This option allows you to block the selected item until a student has mastered the objective you have selected.

Student Must Enter a Password to View this Activity: This option requires a student to enter a password to access the activity.

How to Apply Forced Progression

TIP: Once you locate the forced progression settings, you can click the redirects below for quick steps on how you want to apply your restrictions.  

Block Access until Student Completes the Other Activity

Block Access until Student Masters Objectives

Student Must Enter a Password to View this Activity

Locating Forced Progression Setting Options

Within the Editor of your course, select the Edit icon on the lesson (or activity) on which you want to restrict access.

Click Settings.

IMPORTANT: If you are doing this for a single group, make sure you select that group type. The default is for the full class.

Locate the Visibility and access tile. The settings you adjust will be applied to the single Lesson or activity you previously chose to edit.

NOTE: There are three different options for you to choose from that will impact the student’s progression. Although you can combine these options, they are best used on their own.

Applying Block Access until Student Completes the Other Activity

Checking Block access until student completes the other activity allows you to force a student to complete an activity or a series of activities before moving to the next.

If you choose Block access until student completes other activity, you must then select Choose Activity.

WARNING: You will also have the option to Require a passing score if gradable for mastery while using this setting, simply check the box. Requiring a passing score can affect the Gradebook view and interaction. 

IMPORTANT: You are clicking the activity or activities you want a student to complete prior to being able to access the blocked material.

In the example below, the Lesson 2 folder was selected (thus, you do not see that in the list of Lessons). For this folder, the desired items to complete are the Read it, Show It, and Watch it in Lesson 1. Once completed, the student can access the Lesson 2 Folder.

Click Done when you have checked the box next to the items you want the student to complete prior to the item you are editing.

WARNING: Since only Lesson 2 is blocked, the students will have access to all other lessons.

Click Save to apply changes.

Applying Block Access until Student Masters Objectives

This option will block this activity until a student has mastered the objective you have selected. If you check Block access until student masters objective(s), you must then select Choose objective.

A list of Objectives will appear. Here you will want to select the appropriate objective you would like the student to master before having access to this activity. Then select, Done.

 Click Save.  

Applying Student Must Enter a Password to View this Activity

Student must enter a password to view this activity is where you can create a password your students must enter before having access to this activity. This may be a good option if you want your students to reach out to you before accessing their assessments. Just type the password in Activity password under the checked box.

Click Save.

IMPORTANT: Adding customized forced progression within a course does require the desired steps to be repeated per desired stop-gap . This may be at an assessment level, a lesson level, a topic level, or other designated locations identified by the teacher.

NOTE: Adjusting settings at the activity or assessment level may block global updates if applied, or updates must be applied manually post adjustment of settings at the activity or assessment level.

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