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stk
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Hiding Due Date

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Hi Everyone

We are migrating from Blackboard to Canvas and have an issue that we were hoping others have seen and maybe have a work around. In Blackboard we have our assessments set to be open from say June 1st at 12:01 AM until June 10th at 11:59 PM. What we are finding is that students start taking the assessment at 11:50 (for example) and submitting it and when they do, it shows late so instructors have to manually grade it. So what we did in Blackboard is set the due date to 2AM. This way they can start the assessment before the 11:59 date but when they submit, it will not show late and require instructor intervention.

Canvas has a problem with this. The Due date cannot be past the Available until date. For example I try to set the Available until date as 11:59 PM of that day and the Due date of 2AM the next day. When you try to do this you get a "lock date cannot be before due date" error.

Not sure how to get around this one. One thought here was to hide the due date from view. Is this possible that anyone knows of? I know we have hidden student using the theme editor but not sure that would work. What do others do to help with this?

Thanks

Scott

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kona
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Greetings, the "until" date is the drop dead date, students can't submit anything past this date and if they are in working on a quiz it will get auto-submitted at this time. This is why the due date can't be set after the until date, the until date would override the due date.

As for hiding the due date, no, this isn't possible on the front end of Canvas and while it might be possible using some custom global javascript on the back-end of Canvas, I would not recommend that anyone do this.

Due dates (for all assignments, quizzes, and discussions) show up on the students to-do list (dashboard and course home page), calendar, syllabus, Assignment Index, Quiz Index, Modules, Grades, as well as the assignment/quiz/discussion itself. So a LOT of different places. If all other types of assignments except quizzes had their due date show up it would probably be confusing to students.

To me there are a couple of things that would be better than trying to hide the due date:

  • Set the due date to 11:59pm and the until date to 2am (next day). Yes, it will show up late in the gradebook, but unless an Instructor wants to go review the quiz or there are questions that require manual grading, there isn't anything that requires the Instructor to manually grade a quiz if it's marked late. I just tested this myself and while yes, it shows up as late in the gradebook, I didn't have to go in and manually grade anything for the grade to show up.
  • Set the due date to 11:59pm and the until date at 11:59pm and make sure the students know that the due date is the date that the quiz is DUE and must be submitted by.

Yes, this might be different than Bb, but Canvas is a different LMS and when you're making the switch it's the perfect time to re-train students and faculty. We went through something similar when we transitioned to Canvas and we just made sure students and faculty knew what was required (through online training/orientations) as part of the new LMS.

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kona
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Greetings, the "until" date is the drop dead date, students can't submit anything past this date and if they are in working on a quiz it will get auto-submitted at this time. This is why the due date can't be set after the until date, the until date would override the due date.

As for hiding the due date, no, this isn't possible on the front end of Canvas and while it might be possible using some custom global javascript on the back-end of Canvas, I would not recommend that anyone do this.

Due dates (for all assignments, quizzes, and discussions) show up on the students to-do list (dashboard and course home page), calendar, syllabus, Assignment Index, Quiz Index, Modules, Grades, as well as the assignment/quiz/discussion itself. So a LOT of different places. If all other types of assignments except quizzes had their due date show up it would probably be confusing to students.

To me there are a couple of things that would be better than trying to hide the due date:

  • Set the due date to 11:59pm and the until date to 2am (next day). Yes, it will show up late in the gradebook, but unless an Instructor wants to go review the quiz or there are questions that require manual grading, there isn't anything that requires the Instructor to manually grade a quiz if it's marked late. I just tested this myself and while yes, it shows up as late in the gradebook, I didn't have to go in and manually grade anything for the grade to show up.
  • Set the due date to 11:59pm and the until date at 11:59pm and make sure the students know that the due date is the date that the quiz is DUE and must be submitted by.

Yes, this might be different than Bb, but Canvas is a different LMS and when you're making the switch it's the perfect time to re-train students and faculty. We went through something similar when we transitioned to Canvas and we just made sure students and faculty knew what was required (through online training/orientations) as part of the new LMS.

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klundstrum
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Hi  @stk ‌ -- It's been a couple of months since you posted your question for the Canvas Community, and I wanted to check-in. How are things going? Were the suggestions that  @kona ‌ helpful? If you could take a few minutes and provide an update, that would be great!

Robbie_Grant
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Community Coach

 @stk ‌,

Were you able to find an answer to your question? I am going to go ahead and mark this question as answered because there hasn't been any more activity in a while so I assume that you have the information that you need. If you still have a question about this or if you have information that you would like to share with the community, by all means, please do come back and leave a comment.  Also, if this question has been answered by one of the previous replies, please feel free to mark that answer as correct.

 

Robbie