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Start and End Dates for Announcements

Start and End Dates for Announcements


I would like to be able to put an end date on my announcements at the time I create the announcement.  Then, for example, the announcement I make about textbooks at the start of the semester could be hidden within two weeks.  I do not want to have to remember to go back and hide the announcements.


Voted!  @thjackson , I love this idea and think that it would be great for Announcements to have publishing and Available From/To dates, similar to other Canvas features.

In case you haven't already seen them, here are some currently open ideas about the Announcements feature:

Adventurer III

 @thjackson ‌, I second Rob's comment. I love this idea and know most of my faculty would love it as well.

Adventurer III

Great idea,  @theresajackson7 ‌. The easier it is for us to set-it-and-forget-it when it comes to the mundane adminsitrivia of communicating with students, the more time we will have for focused attention on their immediate and unique needs.


This would definitely be an improvement.  It would move announcements being more like. . Well, announcements instead of open discussions.

Explorer II

Just a note to Canvas engineers - this will be really good for students as the announcements page will end up being less cluttered and they will be able to see the forest for the trees.

Community Member

Having brought this up last year, it's nice to see there is a renewed interest in it from fellow educators.  I just learned recently that administrators have had this feature for some time:  "open announcement date, close announcement date, and publish/unpublish.  Since the code is already in the system, it needs to be incorporated into instructor websites.

Community Member

I think it would be better if any user could dismiss or show any announcement as well as archive it as opposed to start and end dates.  This isn't Blackboard.


I love this idea for another reason. When I copy a course in to a new semester, I LOVE having all of the prior announcements saved for me to use again. Having open/close dates for student viewing allows my new course to have all announcements NOT viewable to soon. 

Community Member

I agree with Brian. I have to course copy over 20 courses for our department each semester. It is so nice to have all the announcements there where I can input the open and close dates. Students stop reading announcements if they see old one's there for awhile. One of the very few features I liked from Blackboard that isn't in Canvas. 

Community Member

There are announcements I use for each class and would like for all to remain for next semester.

Also ----- some announcements I only want up for a week or two, then once we're finished discussing the issue, I want it to disappear -- but not be deleted.

Someone mentioned 'Blackboard' which I never used as I've been teaching since only 2010 at VT.  We used 'Scholar' and this open/close feature was great for recurring announcement for future classes.

Can't be that hard.

Community Member

I agree with everyone else's comments - if Blackboard could do it I expect Canvas to be able to do it. I hope they add this feature soon!

Community Member

I agree. After being off this summer I was hopeful this had been changed. What a disappoint to see it has not. We all love to close these announcements when needed and Canvas should implement that feature asap. Students don't want to see a lot of announcements still up.


Julie Brooks-Fason

Psychology and Sociology Lead Instructor

Lake-Sumter State College

South Lake Campus

Bldg. 2, Office 322

Phone: 352-536-2264<http://<br/>>;

Surveyor II

I agree. This would be helpful. I actually would prefer that the announcement not be deleted completely in case I teach this class again. My difficulty with announcements is that certain ones get "buried" and students are unable to find them.

Learner II

Just to clarify a little on the admin thing.

Admins do not have an option/button to publish or unpublish course announcements or add a close date to a course announcement. We see the same options (in a course) as a teacher.

That said, the options at the Global Announcement level are start date and end date [along with some other options like domain and announcement type]. There is no publish or unpublish button for Global Announcements. What we have do have is the ability to edit the end date which will then hide the announcement. Once it is published it is available until either: (a) the end date (b) it's deleted or (c) the end date is changed.


As far as I can see there it's still not possible to fill in an end date on an announcement. We have multiple teachers working with multiple section in a course. It's very annoying and user unfriendly that announcements won't disappear by date. Most of the times an announcement is only needed before the next lesson or so. If there's a trick to do this I would love to hear about it. 


Hi Jean-Pierre,

There is no fix that I am aware of at the moment. The way I work around the issue is I have an un-published discussion thread in my course and I call it "saved announcement". It copies in to my class each semester. When I want to post an announcement I used the prior term I copy/paste the text in to the Announcements page; after about one week I delete the announcement (but of course it is still saved in my unpublished discussion thread for next semester).


Thanks a lot for your reply Brian. It still would be very helpfull if they added an end-date to an anouncement indeed.
By the way: been to Valencia several times. One of my favorite cities 😉


Yes, Canvas! Please add an end date for Announcements for all the reasons provided by voters of this post! Other LMSs provide this feature and it would be a great addition!

Community Member

Yes, please add the ability to "hide from students/not send" announcements and to schedule them  with a send/appear, and hide/disappear date and time feature. 


I would like to be able to re-order my announcements. The last announcement that I write and publish becomes the first announcement that students see, and vice-versa. I would like to be able to order my announcements as I determine.

Jim Reynolds