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a1222679
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Is there any way to discern when a course was published (became 'available')?

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I'm looking at the Course Dimension table from the Canvas data but can't find this info.  Does anyone know if it is available somewhere?

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tchilt
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You can see when a course was published (and by whom) by going to Admin Tools and then click the "Logging" tab. Select "Course Activity" from the drop-down. Put the Course ID (from the course URL) in the "Course ID" field and click Find. You will see a list of events when this course was changed. One of the line items will be "Published" and will include the date, time, and user who performed this change.

More info can be found in this guide. How do I view course activity for an account? 

I have to say this information was (nearly) impossible to search for. I kept searching for publish date or something like that. Thanks to Ben Nelson from support who helped me find this. Thought I'd post it here because this topic kept coming up in my searches.

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rubyn
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I had this question a while back when CanvasData first became available and here is that thread:  How to tell if a course is published? Not sure if there is better/updated info now - I'd have to defer to Canvas!

a1222679
Community Contributor

Thank you for the link Ruby.  What I'd like to find out is when a course's workflow state changed to 'available'.  I don't see a way to do this.

James
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There was a similar discussion about telling when assignments were published here:

I think much of the discussion and the answer is the same.

a1222679
Community Contributor

Thank you James.  It's basically the same issue.  It seems it's currently not possible to establish timelines of workflow state changes.:smileycry:

tchilt
Community Participant

You can see when a course was published (and by whom) by going to Admin Tools and then click the "Logging" tab. Select "Course Activity" from the drop-down. Put the Course ID (from the course URL) in the "Course ID" field and click Find. You will see a list of events when this course was changed. One of the line items will be "Published" and will include the date, time, and user who performed this change.

More info can be found in this guide. How do I view course activity for an account? 

I have to say this information was (nearly) impossible to search for. I kept searching for publish date or something like that. Thanks to Ben Nelson from support who helped me find this. Thought I'd post it here because this topic kept coming up in my searches.

a1222679
Community Contributor

Thanks Todd,

I don't have the Admin Tools option so will have to request it.  Unfortunately it seems that this data is not available in the portal.