In this tutorial you will learn how to unlock stories based on a specific time.

The time based unlocking feature allows you to release stories in a prefigured order, at predefined moments. For example, the first story is directly available when the user creates an account (preboarding) but the second story becomes available upon the first day of your new hire. 

*We recommend to use Google Chrome to ensure an optimal experience when using AppicalNow.

Step 1. After logging in as an Administrator or Editor click on ‘Courses’ in the menu on the left.  

Step 2. Click on the gear-icon in the top right corner of the course that you want to style and select ‘Settings’.

Step 3. Scroll down to option 10 'Runtime' and set a runtime for a course. This option gives you the possibility to make the course available for a certain amount of time. For example, if you want to make this course available to your users for one month. You will have to type '30' in this field.

Step 4. Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page and click on 'Save Changes'. 

Step 5. Navigate to the course where you want to add a new story a click on ‘Editor’ on the bottom-left side.

Step 6. Navigate to the desired story and click on the gear-icon in the top right corner and select ‘Settings’.

Step 7. The number that you enter at the text field at 'Unlock this story at runtime dat (optional)' is the day that the story will unlock after a users first day. 

Example: If a user has his start date/first day set on January 1st, and the unlock of a story is set to 0 the story will be unlocked at the start date/first day. If set to 7 it will release January 8th.

When inviting new users you can set a 'course start date'. If the course start date is set then that date will be used to calculate the 'unlock moments'. If the start date is not set AppicalNow uses the 'first day' to calculate the 'unlock moment'. Start date is especially useful if a user is already active for a while but still needs to unlock in a specific order. Using 'first day' in that situation might lead to automatic unlocking of all stories. If neither are present than the day the course was assigned to the user will be used as a reference point.

It's possible to unlock a course before the first day of a new hire. You can use this if you want to to use the story for a pre-boarding cause. Putting a - in front of a number allows you to unlock a course for a set amount of days prior to their first day. In the example below, the story will be available 4 days before the first day of the new hire.

Congratulations! You now know how to unlock stories based on a specific time!

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