Admin Control to Lock Course Starts and Ends Dates

Canvas Admins need the ability to lock course Starts and Ends dates from teachers at the account level without using unsupported custom Java Script.
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The Issue: Teachers and school administration need all students to have similar experiences. 


Here are four scenarios that occur without control of the Course Dates:


1) Let's say the math teacher changes their Course Starts date to 2 weeks before the Term starts, but the biology teacher leaves the Course Starts date blank.  Student A can see their math course, but Student A cannot see their biology course. Student A will contact the Canvas Support to find out why they cannot see their biology course.  
2) Let's say Student B and Student C are friends take accounting 101 but not in the same section.  The section one teacher has changed the course Starts date to one week before the Term Date.  Student B can see their accounting 101 course but Student C cannot see their accounting 101 course. Student B has an advantage already over student C. Furthermore, Student C contacts Canvas Support to find out why they can't see their class.


3) Let say the teacher has accidentally changed the dates to be a 1-day course. See the screen capture below. The 30 students on day three are not able to see the course on their dashboard anymore and all contact Canvas Support.
Course dates are incorrectly entered
4) Let's say a new teacher has imported course content from a fellow seasoned teacher choosing the wrong dates for Adjust Events and Due Dates and now the course dates are two years outside the Term Dates. The teacher is not able to see the course on their dashboard and make a call to Canvas Support.  The course is off to bumpy start.:smileyplain:
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The Problems with Controlling Courses:
1) The hierarchy of control of the course dates is confusing.  
Course, Term, and Assignment dates are confusing
I've gathered the guides and links below to try to understand the control of Course Starts and Course Ends dates. These guides are related to Term Dates, Course Start and Ends dates, Assignment Dates, and Copy/Import Course Content. If I have missed any please post them in a comment.

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2) The only way to remove teacher access is by using Custom Java Script which is NOT supported by Instructure. 

No more unsupported java script

Twice in the past year Canvas has made changes that has broken our custom Java Script. I submitted tickets with a cry for help, "Please provide us with the JavaScript object path to the Course Starts and Course Ends and their date pickers on the course Details tab within Course Settings."  
This is the response I received:

  " Hi all,
Thank you for contacting Canvas Support. Happy to help!
I have taken a look into this and I regret to inform that the JavaScript requested is not within our scope of Canvas Support.
In order to get assistance with CSS and JS, please access GitHub as these are not supported by Canvas Support.
I apologise for the inconvenience this may cause you.
If you have any further questions or anything else you need help with, please do not hesitate to contact us by replying to this email.
I look forward to hearing from you!
Have a great day!
Marco - L1 Tech Support
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The Solution
The solution could be a checkbox on the Term Details page, see mock-up below.
Force Dates
Or, the solution could be on the Account Settings page, see mock-up below.
Or, it could be how the Awesome Instructure Engineers design it!
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This idea has been developed and deployed to Canvas


For more information, please read through the  Canvas Deploy Notes (2021-04-14).

Instructure Alumni
Instructure Alumni

@michelle_powell Yes, admins will still have access to change individual dates within courses.

Community Participant

@Stef_retired thank you so much!  We're in the same boat as Michelle and this helps us out immensely.  

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