How do I change the start and end dates for a course?

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By default, courses inherit term dates set for your entire institution. However, as an instructor, you may need to change the start and end dates for your course. Dates can be shorter than or overlap the term dates.

Adding course dates can override the term dates, which may also affect the Courses page and the placement of the course in the Past, Current, or Future Enrollments list.

Limit User Participation Dates

You can also set whether or not students can only participate in the course during the specified course dates. Participation means that students can submit assignments, post discussions, upload files, or take part in any other action-based task within a course. If you limit students to only be able to participate during the course dates, they can accept the course invitation, access the course, and look at content, but they cannot fully participate until the first day of the course. When the course is concluded, the course is placed in a read-only state.

Restrict Course Access

If you do not want students to be able to view any content in your course until the course start date, Course Settings also allows you to restrict students from being able to access content. You can also choose to restrict all course access after the course has concluded.

Note: You can only change the course end date when your enrollment is active. Course dates cannot be changed once your enrollment has concluded for the course.

Open Settings

Open Settings

In Course Navigation, click the Settings link.

Open Course Details

Open Course Details

Click the Course Details tab.

Set Course Start Date

Set Course Start Date

Click the Starts calendar icon [1]. Click a new start date for the course [2].

Set End Date

Set End Date

Click the Ends calendar icon [1]. Click a new end date for the course [2].

View Date Warning

Note: In your end date, if you do not set a time, or you set the end time to midnight, a warning icon displays notifying you that the date prior to the set end date will be the last available day in the course. For instance, if the course were set to end September 3, the last full available date for the course would be September 2.

Limit User Participation

Limit User Participation

If you do not want to let students participate in the course outside of the course dates, select the Users can only participate in the course between these dates checkbox. Selecting this checkbox creates a course override for the term dates and tells Canvas to conclude the course on the course end date.

Note: If this checkbox is not selected, students can participate in the course before and after the start and end date, and participation will still be determined by the term dates.

Update Course Details

Update Course Details

Click the Update Course Details button.

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