Applying progress locking to pages in your course can be a useful way to ensure the learner interacts with your content without skipping ahead. Learners on a locked page will have to complete the page, depending on what has been applied in the Page Completion settings, before the page is unlocked and they can progress further in the course. Progress locking can be applied to individual pages in a course or applied globally for all pages in your course.
Individual Page Locking
This is useful for occasions where you want to ensure that the learner completes specific pages within your course without skipping ahead. For example, a course could have a compulsory quiz at the end that the learner needs to complete before they reach the end. If the quiz pages are both locked and set to be completed by the learner submitting a score, this will ensure the learner is unable to progress to the next page until they have submitted an answer to the question.
To apply a progress lock to an individual page:
1. Open the page in the Project you want to lock.
2. Select Page Settings
3. Select the Scoring & Completion tab
4. Enable the setting Prevent progress until complete:
5. Select the Save button to save the changes
|Note: Chapter title pages (the first page of a chapter) are exempt from page-based progress locking. This means that the first page of each chapter will always be accessible by the learner from the in course menu or in course navigation. To ensure Chapter title pages are affected by progress locking, you’ll need to enable the global progress lock. You can learn how to do this in the next section.|
Global Progress Locking
Global progress locking is suitable for courses which are designed to have the learner progress through linearly. Applying global page locking will mean that the learner will need to complete each page in sequence - they are unable to skip ahead to future chapters or pages. For example, a learner on page 1 will be unable to skip ahead to page 4 until they have satisfied the page completion requirements of pages 1, 2 and 3.
Once a page has been unlocked, the learner will be able to go back and revisit these pages without having to complete the page again.
To lock all pages in your Project at once:
1. Open your Project
2. Select Configure
3. In the Scoring & Completion tab, deselect the Allow progress past the last uncompleted page setting:
4. Select the Save button to save the changes
|Tip: You may want to consider how you’d like your learner to be able to navigate through your course before deciding on the type of progress locking you use. While the global progress lock offers more control over your learner’s journey, it can also be restrictive and is not recommended for courses that require non-linear navigation. Using individual progress locking offers the learner more flexibility in their journey but this means that you won’t have as much control over their path. See Best Practice: Working with non-linear Projects for tips on how to build an effective non-linear course.|