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Can you Create Two Deadlines in Discussion Post?

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Can you create two deadlines in a discussion post?

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kona
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 @u0806611 , greetings! There is no direct way to add two due dates for a discussion in the discussion settings. What I've seen some people do is either set the due date as either the initial-post due date OR the follow-up due date and then add an "event" in the Calendar for the second due date reminder. 

After trying this a few different ways, what seems to work best for me and my students is to set the discussion due date as the initial post due date (Ex: Thursday). Then in the calendar, I add an event that is the for the follow-up due date (Ex: Sunday). In addition, in the syllabus, discussion directions, etc I explain that there are two due dates and go into more detail on what is required for each due date. The first few weeks I also send out a reminder email to students about the two due dates and overall this seems to work and students catch on quickly and don't have any problems.

Hope this helps! Kona

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kona
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 @u0806611 , greetings! There is no direct way to add two due dates for a discussion in the discussion settings. What I've seen some people do is either set the due date as either the initial-post due date OR the follow-up due date and then add an "event" in the Calendar for the second due date reminder. 

After trying this a few different ways, what seems to work best for me and my students is to set the discussion due date as the initial post due date (Ex: Thursday). Then in the calendar, I add an event that is the for the follow-up due date (Ex: Sunday). In addition, in the syllabus, discussion directions, etc I explain that there are two due dates and go into more detail on what is required for each due date. The first few weeks I also send out a reminder email to students about the two due dates and overall this seems to work and students catch on quickly and don't have any problems.

Hope this helps! Kona

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This is the biggest and most problematic issue in Canvas. If we were able to set two deadlines, we wouldn't have to keep sending out reminders. Why is it that Canvas can't seem to add this to discussion functionality since everyone I know wants to be able to do this. My students are constantly posting their contributions late no matter how much I remind them and post that they must set a reminder for a day ahead for their contribution. This should have been one of the primary changes to make - I remember the thread going back several years. 

By creating dual dates, we won't need all the reminders and our discussions will be more robust. This seems like a no-brainer.