Restrict Access is a section in the settings of an activity/resource that allows you to set who can access and item or when it can be accessed. You can restrict access based on date, group enrollment, completion status of another course item, and/or grade on another course item. You can use restrict access in many different situations. For example, if you want to prevent students from accessing a file before (or after) a certain date and time. Or if you want to provide files just for specific groups. You could also use it to ensure students have read a document, completed preparatory work, or have demonstrated understanding or mastery of concepts, procedures, principles, etc., before they move on to the next activity.
You do not need to restrict access by date for most activities as they have open and close/due dates already in the settings that prevent students from accessing too early or too late. However, you might want to prevent students from viewing a module/week or resource (file, URL, page, etc.) before a certain date and time.
You might want to restrict access to items to certain groups. For example, if you have a group project you might want to provide different resources for the different groups. You do not need to restrict access by group for most activities like Assignment or Forum as they allow for all groups to submit/interact within the one activity. However, there might be times when you want students in different groups to take different quizzes or fill out different surveys.
If you want to use Restrict Access to ensure students have read a document, completed preparatory work, or have demonstrated understanding or mastery of concepts, procedures, principles, etc., before they move on to the next activity, then there are a few extra steps you will need to take before setting up the access restriction.
When planning which activities you want to restrict access to and how you will restrict access, it might be easier to visual by creating a diagram or flow chart indicating the path you want the students to take. Example: The Instructor wants to ensure that the students read the syllabus. She sets the activity completion on Task A to “completed when the student has viewed it”. She then adds the Mediasite lecture link (Task B), and restricts access by setting the conditions “syllabus” and “must be marked as complete.” And so on.
On the course homepage a resource/activity that has an access restriction that has not yet been met will have a lock icon in the upper right. Click on the lock icon and the access conditions will be displayed. If the student does not meet the condition, they will not be able to access/open the item. If the student does meet the condition, the lock will not be displayed and they will be able to access/open the item.
If the student does not meet the condition and you closed the eye icon, the item will be completely hidden from the student.