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jilowen
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Showing/hiding content after a set date/time

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I am teaching a conversation course this semester during which our students will watch films through links to our library's streaming services. Due to new regulations through our media center, we can only make the links to these streaming films available during two-hour periods. Is there a way in Canvas to automatically set up the link to show and then hide between certain dates? I have tried doing this through Assignments with the Available From/Until dates. It will hide the assignment content (which contains the link) before the assignment is available, but once it is made available, even after the "Available Until" date, the content does not come down unless I un-publish the assignment manually. As far as I can tell Modules don't have the "available until" function, so I can lock it until a certain time, but I still don't have the option to assign a time for it to automatically come down.

Do you know of a better way to do this, if one should exist? Thanks in advance for the help!

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chofer
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Hi  @jilowen ​...

Have you looked at the settings in Quizzes?  What if you set the quiz up so that it was an ungraded survey or quiz (so that it doesn't appear in your Gradebook)...and then one of your questions contained a link to the streaming content?  You could potentially set the quiz up so that students can only take it one time (or multiple attempts if that was ok).  Or, you could set it up using an access code for the quiz, too.  I'm not 100% any of these suggestions would even work, but I wanted to at least suggest them to you for you to try.

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chofer
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Hi  @jilowen ​...

Have you looked at the settings in Quizzes?  What if you set the quiz up so that it was an ungraded survey or quiz (so that it doesn't appear in your Gradebook)...and then one of your questions contained a link to the streaming content?  You could potentially set the quiz up so that students can only take it one time (or multiple attempts if that was ok).  Or, you could set it up using an access code for the quiz, too.  I'm not 100% any of these suggestions would even work, but I wanted to at least suggest them to you for you to try.

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kona
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 @chofer ​, I really like where you're going with the quiz suggestion - quite brilliant!

I have to agree that the only way I can think to do this is with a quiz (set it up as a non-graded survey) and instead of having a question you could use the "Text no question" question option with the link to the media. This way it wouldn't look like there was a question that students needed to answer. You could then set up the quiz to have a time limit and/or a date/time of when the media was available and when the link became unavailable.

jilowen
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Thank you Chris Hofer and Kona Jones! This works exactly how I need it to! I set up a non-graded survey with the "Text, no question" option, as you mentioned Kona, and had it available until a certain time, being sure to un-check the option "Let Students see their responses". Then I went in through the student view and let the time expire so I could see what it looked like. Sure enough, the question with the link to the film will no longer appear once the quiz has timed out. Thank you both for the help!!