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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

Echoing the calls for an update on where this feature idea is.  Currently trying to grade 50 posts and replies and having to keep track on paper who turned in the initial post on time.

Community Member

Disregard this statement. I noticed my post was merged this morning. I was confused so I contacted CANVAS again. The representative I just spoke to this morning said everything of the same topic gets merged so, at this point, it's a long waiting game. It's extremely frustrating that CANVAS refuses to see how important this is. We don't need workarounds, we need it as a feature. 


Hey everyone! I just spoke to a CANVAS rep and they told me to submit a an idea ticket here: Apparently, the more people who request it, the better and faster it works. So post away, not on the same thread. I posted already.


Community Member

Almost every professor has a student submit on one day of the week (typically Wednesday) and then they need to respond to at least two peers by the end of the week (typically Sunday). We have tried the workaround by adding due dates to calendars but this takes up too much time. It would be great if everyone student could have a mandatory day one submission for their discussion and a cut off date for their responses to their peers so it automatically gets added to their to-do list and calendars without staff or students having to remember. 

Community Member

We need a Canvas features that allows for discussions to have multiple due dates. One due date would be for the original post and the other would be for responses to the posts of others.

Community Member

To get around this, I have had to put two due dates for each discussion in my syllabus, then grade discussions once after the due date for the initial post, then go in and change the due date, and then after the due date go in and change the points required, then grade it again.  If I chance the number of points at the same time I change the due date, then suddenly students are failing the assignment, so I have to wait until I am ready to grade it to change the points possible.

It's doable but can be confusing for students to have a due date not passed but see that they have all of the points.

Community Member

Please allow us to have multiple due dates for one assignment.  This would be particularly useful for Discussion Boards which typically have a mid-week initial post requirement and an end-of-week responses-to-other-posts requirement.  I know there has been discussion on this for several years now, but it doesn't seem to be going anywhere!

Also, if a student has a project they are doing either individually or as a group, multiple due dates could be useful there too.

Thank you!

Community Member

To be honest, it is amazing to me that this suggestion was posted more than 5 years ago and nothing has changed. I just wrote to a customer service representative suggesting this change. They said that nobody had suggested this before and that I should post my suggestion on this idea board. 

I'm not surprised that so many students had this idea before me. Like many students, I rely primarily on the Canvas Dashboard to keep track of my assignments. With discussion posts in particular, my professors have only chosen one due date to assign both our initial discussion posts and responses to peers. It would make my life a lot easier if professors had the ability to use multiple due dates on the same assignment.

Community Member

For a Discussion, it would be immensely helpful to be able to post 2 due dates:

1) for students to enter their initial contribution to the discussion

2) for students to replies to other classmates.

As is, if they are doing the assignment last minute, and they enter their initial contribution, they don't have time before the due date to respond to other students who are also working last minute. It would be helpful to have these due dates about 3-4 days apart. 


Community Participant

This is still a massive issue and needs to be resolved. Students struggle with doing discussions because this isn't an option. 

Community Participant

So many of our faculty members have requested this feature for discussions. It would make grading so much easier and it easier for students to track what is due and when. 

Community Member

Yes, this is needed! 

Community Participant

Not just for discussions, this is pretty useful for larger ASSIGNMENTS as well.  This has been an ask for at least a decade...  Instructure, why isn't this a thing yet?  Too much time allocated to making unpopular RCE updates?

Community Member

This would be a great feature to add, thanks!


Community Participant

This is much needed at our institution as well!  This would resolve half of the emails I receive each quarter.

Community Member

Please add this feature, many faculty have requested this feature for discussions. It will make life easier for faculty and students.

Community Participant

The Harmonize DB by 42 lines does this.

Community Member

Love this idea...would like to see it applied to Assignments as well.  Esp. powerful during writing process when students/teachers are going to be working on a single product in multiple stages.

Community Member

I'm very surprised (and disappointed) to find that this still has not been made a feature after almost 6 years. It seems like a no-brainer that students would need one reminder to post and another to reply. Teachers also need a way to grade those two steps separately. Please add this ASAP.

Community Member

Yes! This would be amazing. I think the developers would need to create a formula. Something like 1 post = due date 1, 2 or most post - due date 2. I think the issue from the developing end would be the linking of the due dates since there would be two (or maybe more) listed within a particular discussion.

Community Member

Yes, please make multiple due dates possible in Discussions. Students see that it is "due" on the last day and they fail to do the initial post two days prior. 

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