How do I change the start and end dates for a course section as an instructor?

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By default, sections inherit course dates set for your entire institution. If a course does not include specific dates, the section dates default to term dates. However, as an instructor, you may need to change the start and end dates for a course section. Dates can be shorter than or overlap the course or term dates.

Adding section dates may also affect the Courses page and the placement of the section's course in the Past, Current, or Future Enrollments list for students.

Limit User Participation Dates

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

Section Override Dates

Section override dates are only created if the Student Participation checkbox is selected as part of creating section start and end dates (both dates are required). Students can participate in the course section before and after the start and end date, and participation will always be determined by the course dates. If a course does not include override dates, dates are determined by term dates.

Dashboard Considerations

The Student Participation sections checkbox may also affect courses that have been marked as a favorite and display in the Dashboard. If a section includes an override date and the Student Participation checkbox is selected, students cannot participate in the course after the section end date, and the course will be removed from the Dashboard.

Moreover, if the Student Participation checkbox is not selected, the course will still display in the Dashboard as a favorite course after the section end date since the course section still allows participation as an active course. The course will not be removed until the course section is concluded via course/term dates. However, if the Student Participation checkbox is not selected for the section, the section dates determine the placement of the course section in the Past, Current, or Future Enrollments list regardless of the course/term dates.

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

Open Course Settings

Open Course Settings

In Course Navigation, click the Settings link.

Open Sections

Open Sections

Click the Sections tab.

Open Section

Open Section

Click the name of the section.

Edit Section

Edit Section

Click the Edit Section button.

Set Start Date

Set Course Start Date

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

Set End Date

Set End Date

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

Limit Student Participation

Limit Student Participaton

If you do not want to let students participate in the course section outside of the section dates, select the Students can only participate in the course between these dates checkbox [1]. Selecting this checkbox creates a section override and overrides the course dates. Students can only participate in the course section between the section dates, and the course section will be in a read-only state outside the course section dates.

This checkbox only affects student and observer roles; all other roles default to term access dates.

Notes:

  • Section override dates are only created if the Student Participation checkbox is selected.
  • If the Student Participation checkbox is not selected, students can participate in the course section before and after the start and end date, and participation will always be determined by the course dates. If a course does not include override dates, dates are determined by term dates.
  • When the Student Participation checkbox is not selected, the section dates determine the placement of the course in the Past, Current, or Future Enrollments list for students.

Update Section

Update Section

Click the Update Section button.

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