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Multiple Due Dates (checkpoints) for Discussions

Multiple Due Dates (checkpoints) for Discussions

With the way that many schools set up forum discussions and require "check-ins" to the forum throughout the week, it would be great if we could include multiple due dates in the discussion activities. For instance, I have classes that require everyone respond to the prompt by Thursday night and respond to at least 2 peers by the following Sunday. Being able to remind students that they have responses due, especially if we could scatter responses over multiple days, would likely increase participation.


<Sorry if this is a repeated idea. I couldn't find it elsewhere and I'm a newbie>

Community Participant

@dspiel Yes!  It should be a no brainer, but then, I am still trying to explain to instructors how to grade group assignments when one student's grade needs to be different from the rest of the group.  That seemed like a simple process to me, but...  So while multiple due dates on certain assignments (especially discussion boards) seems like a no brainer, for some they need more explanations.  (No offense, Canvas Developers; I am sure you have a lot going on right now).  But please, if you could make this an option for Discussion Boards and projects that have multiple due dates, we would all be sooooooo appreciative!

New Member

Another vote here, However, I am a bit discouraged because this has been a suggestion for 5 years now.

Community Participant

@deegardner8If you saw the CanvasCon opening keynotes discussions is on deck this academic year for improvements, and this feature is on the list. We're all keeping our fingers crossed that it gets prioritized.

New Member

Wow! I cannot believe this has been discussed for so long. My students are complaining that the discussion prompts do not populate their calendar for both due dates - one for their initial post and one for the replies. 

I am hopeful that Canvas can update this feature to more realistically represent the assignments we are creating. 

New Member

This totally needs to be done.  Now that we are having to have courses online, I find this feature very necessary.  

Community Participant

I'm just here to echo how ridiculous it's been that this is taking more than 5 years to get done. It seems just obvious that it should have happened in the first place.

New Member

Would love to see this feature on all assignments, not just discussions.  For instance, if a student has a journal due weekly - shouldn't have to create an assignment for each submission - should just be able to have a due date on the same assignment for all applicable students.

New Member

I'd love to see multiple due dates for Discussions!  How has this been on the list for 5 years already?

New Member

I agree that this is a very necessary feature.  I know that others mentioned that with schools going virtual, this is even more imperative.  I am concerned that this has been a suggestion for 5 years and there is no resolution.  This seems like a simple fix.

Community Participant

This would sure help students with their due dates.  Without an assignment sitting out there in their to-do list for the peer reply they sometimes forget.

New Member

Hi. I am an instructor and I would like to create a discussion post where the original post is graded, then the subsequent comment is graded on a different day, then a second comment is graded on a third day, all tied to the original post. In this way, students will not forget to do the comments because the comment due date will appear in the "syllabus" and assignments list.


New Member

When students post anything on canvas, it should be graded as soon as possible if not then it should be acknowledged that they had turned it in before the due date. They're required to make a post and email it to the appropriate teacher. If  anything should happen to the point where an email assignment "magically" disappears, then they should be able to send another copy and not be faulted for the technical errors in the system. That being said, make sure the students have copies of all assignments and don't trash or delete it. Therefore, there won't be any issue nor irritation when told to redo it. 😊

New Member

Hi! I want this feature too! How do I "upvote"?

Community Champion

@MarieT  Until this idea is added to canvas, there are two ways to have your discussion due dates show up in the syllabus and calendar.

1. Create canvas pages and add a to-do date.  The to-do date appears on the calendar and syllabus, and the page can include simple instructions to return to discussion ___ and post a reply.  This will not create a separate grading item, but you can attach a rubric to the discussion that includes criteria for the initial post, the first reply and the second reply.  When you grade the discussion you will see the student's initial post and all their replies in speedgrader, and the rubric will open next to it.

2. Create assignments with a submission type "no submission" and put the instructions in that.  It will work the same way as the page for students, but it will add a spot for you to grade in the gradebook, separate from the initial discussion.  When you grade these additional assignment you will not see any of the student's posts in speedgrader.

Neither solution is perfect, but as a work-around to-do dates on canvas pages are an improvement to communicating discussion dates.

Community Member

Forgive me if this has been raised already in this discussion - but if multiple check-points/due-dates are being considered for discussions, would it also be possible to get proper annotation function in speedgrader for them as well?

We use discussions as a journaling space for students and need to give more pointed feedback through annotations than is possible by just replying or leaving comments alongside the submission.

It doesn't make sense to me that discussions can be graded without the ability to properly annotate the writing.


Community Participant

I thought this feature was coming out soon - at least that's what I understood from CanvasCon2020. Please help us understand the timeline for implementation. 

Also I really agree with the need to provide more specific annotations (like for assignments) for discussions.

Community Participant

If there is a way to upvote @cmeyer42 , then I second the request!  What is the timeline for this implementation?

New Member

Strongly support this idea. 

Community Member

How this isn't a feature in Canvas in the year 2021 is beyond me.

Community Participant

What is the status of this "hot topic?" It seems it has generated enough traffic and support to be moving up the ladder in feature requests. Could we get an update on the status of where this requests is at on that ladder? 

Thank you!