Q. Is there a way for me to post my PowerPoint lectures on Blackboard in such a way that each time a student consults the Powerpoint, he or she must first check a box that speaks of copyright restrictions on material in the Powerpoint?
A. You can add an adaptive release rule on the Powerpoint file that requires students to click on a button associated with the copyright restriction text before they can see the Powerpoint. But there isn’t a way to require them to click the button every time they want to view the Powerpoint, only the first time. Here are instructions for creating the adaptive release rule:
- Upload the Powerpoint file to your course.
- Add an item for Copyright Restrictions, typing the restrictions, or copying and pasting the restrictions in the text box. (Technically, you can attach a document at this point, but if you do, you will only get a link to the text and students may not click on the link to read it.)
- Click the Manage button for the Powerpoint, then select Adaptive Release.
- On the Adaptive Release page, beside 4. Review status, click Browse and then click on the Copyright Restrictions item you added.
- Click Submit, then click OK.
At first, when students log into your course, they will not see the Powerpoint. They will see the copyright restrictions in the content area where you posted that item, with a “Mark Reviewed” button to the right of the item. When an individual student clicks the Mark Reviewed button, indicating that he or she has read the copyright restrictions, the Powerpoint will become visible for that student.
You can find out which students have reviewed the Copyright Restrictions item by going to Control Panel, then to Performance Dashboard, under the Assessment heading. There is a column for “Review Status” and it will have a number in it for each student who has clicked the Review Status button.