A gatekeeper is an activity within a course that has certain requirements that must be met before a student can either move on to new course material, or pass the course.
Some examples of using a gatekeeper might be:
- Require students to complete a pre-assessment before accessing the project entry event.
- Require a group to submit their collaboration contract before starting the project.
- Require students to read two articles with opposing views before posting their own view to a discussion board.
Within an activity's settings there are two places you can access gatekeeper settings:
- Advanced activity options (Activity Gatekeeper)
- Here you can decide what requirements a student needs to meet in order to move on to the next activity in the course. If the student does not meet these requirements, they cannot move on to course material listed below this activity in the course.
- Advanced gradebook options (Course Gatekeeper)
- Here you can make an activity require a passing score for course credit. We call this the mother of all gatekeepers! If a student doesn't pass this activity, they will receive a 0% for the course this activity lives in until a passing score is earned.
To make an existing activity a gatekeeper, enter a course through the editor tool.
Locate the activity you would like to make a gatekeeper.
Click the edit icon.
Select the settings tab and scroll down to advanced activity options.
First, select an option for determining when the system will mark the activity complete.
To make this activity a gatekeeper, select student must complete this activity before continuing to the next one.
When finished adjusting the gatekeeper settings, click save.
To set an existing activity as a course gatekeeper, enter a course through the editor tool.
Locate the activity you would like to make a course gatekeeper.
Click the edit icon.
Select the settings tab and scroll down to advanced gradebook options.
To make this activity a course gradekeeper, select require a passing score for course credit.
NOTE: You do not need to enter a passing score in the passing score (%) field, unless the passing score of this assignment is going to be different than the passing score set at the course level.
Activities that require a passing score for course credit, are denoted by the "thumbs up, thumbs down" icon in the student's gradebook. Hovering over the icon reveals that the particular activity requires a passing score for course credit.
If the student does not pass the assignment, their overall course score will appear as a 0% until they receive a passing score.
The activity will then have a red "thumbs down" icon in their course gradebook.
If the student does pass the assignment, their overall course score will appear.
The activity will then have a green "thumbs up" icon in their course gradebook.
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