It seems if an instructor uploads a file to a course, then restricts access to only available to students with link, the link provided to notified students of the file's being uploaded in the first step immediately gives access to the restricted file. Is this correct? Has anyone else run into this?
Hi Clint Jacobsen,
We just received this same question from a faculty member and did some testing to see what would happen. I realize that this question is years old (and presumed answered) but we just wanted to be sure.
A notification email did not get sent to the students if the only file uploaded was a restricted file. So students will not receive a link to a link-only restricted file in a notification.
Other file notification emails did get sent so the only difference is the fact that the file was restricted.
I think I understand your question. Basically, you have restricted file access to only students who are provided a link to your file. If I understand your question correctly, then yes, those with the link will immediately have access to the file. Do you prefer a different outcome? If yes, perhaps I can help with settings to help you reach your desired outcome. I've played with the file restrictions a little bit.
Another thought I had is that if you wanted students to have access to some files, but restrict access to others based on dates, consider the following:
- Hide files completely from students
- Create a module in your course called 'resources' or something to that effect
---Note: you could also use the Redirect tool so that your student resources showed up in the left navigation instead
- Within your resources module, create pages based upon when you would want students to have access to specific files
---For example, the first page would be always available resources, the next is resources available beginning xyz date, and so on
Then publish the pages according to the timeline you set
This would give students a repository that you had sure control of.
A third thought would be to link resources within each module. For me, this is ideal because students might have access to all resources, but now the resources are linked to content/context. Therefore, it is unlikely students would access resources unless they were contextually relevant to the learning path(s) you created for them.
Clint, did any of the suggestions/advice offered help/work for you?
Clint, since we haven't heard back from you, we're going to mark this question as "Assumed Answered." The question remains open for participation, so if you still need help with this, please feel free to post a follow-up comment to "bump" the discussion.
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