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reidbyrd
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Turning links on and off

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I am linking study guides to Canvas from Google Docs. Is there a way to set a time and date (like you can do for a quiz) to turn them on and off?

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kona
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 @reidbyrd ​, in addition to what Chris provided, I had two thoughts. My first was to add your student guides as files in Canvas. If you do this then you can easily decide when to release them to students - How do I restrict files and folders to students in Canvas? My second thought was to put the study guide (link to the Google Doc) in a separate Module with a lock date so that way the students couldn't access until the correct date/time - How do I lock a module?

Hope this helps!

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chofer
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Hi  @reidbyrd ​...

If I am understanding your question correctly, you have some study guides housed in Google Docs that you want to link to or embed in Canvas, but you essentially would like them with limited time access (maybe start and end dates like you can do with Quizzes).  I did a brief Google search to see if I could find anything that might meet your needs, but I didn't come up with anything promising that would be a quick and easy solution.  There was this article, Google Docs lets you limit access with an expiration date, but it requires Google Apps...which I have next to no knowledge about.

Have you considered using anything besides Google Docs?  What about Dropbox?  In doing another Google search, I came across this help article: How can I set an expiration for a shared link? - Dropbox Help - Dropbox (US).  Do you think this might meet your needs?

reidbyrd
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Thanks. I will look into these options. I have used Moodle for the last 8

years and anything that was loaded into Moodle had the option to put a date

and time it would open and close. Canvas has that for quizzes and

assignments, but not for files. I hope I can find a work around. Thanks for

your help.

Reid Byrd

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kona
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 @reidbyrd ​, in addition to what Chris provided, I had two thoughts. My first was to add your student guides as files in Canvas. If you do this then you can easily decide when to release them to students - How do I restrict files and folders to students in Canvas? My second thought was to put the study guide (link to the Google Doc) in a separate Module with a lock date so that way the students couldn't access until the correct date/time - How do I lock a module?

Hope this helps!

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reidbyrd
Community Member

This is exactly what I need ( How do I restrict files and folders to

students in Canvas? <https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-2770> ),

thanks.

Reid Byrd

Architecture/Drafting Instructor

*West Johnston High School919-934-7333inChristaloneYou can't take my joy,

'cause the world didn't give it to me. - Andy Mineo*

Employees or students of Johnston County Schools who feel that they have

been discriminated against because of their gender, race, age, or

handicapping condition should contact: Dolores Gill, Johnston County

Schools, Post Office Box 1336, Smithfield, NC 27577, (919) 934-6031

kona
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Yay! Glad I was able to help!

reidbyrd
Community Member

Another question. Is there a way to have the file open in a new tab instead

of being downloaded?

Reid Byrd

Architecture/Drafting Instructor

*West Johnston High School919-934-7333inChristaloneYou can't take my joy,

'cause the world didn't give it to me. - Andy Mineo*

Employees or students of Johnston County Schools who feel that they have

been discriminated against because of their gender, race, age, or

handicapping condition should contact: Dolores Gill, Johnston County

Schools, Post Office Box 1336, Smithfield, NC 27577, (919) 934-6031

On Tue, Aug 9, 2016 at 12:54 PM, kona@richland.edu <instructure@jiveon.com>

kona
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Yep, highlight the word(s) you want to create a link to (so the name of the file or what you want to name the file), click Ctrl+K, and then fill in the fields - specifically for Target change it to "new window."

Hope this helps!

reidbyrd
Community Member

It opens a new window, but still requires you to download it. I want it to

open in a new window like a Google Doc would. If the students download it

on their computer there is always the possibility they could try to cheat

while taking the test. Any ideas?

Reid Byrd

Architecture/Drafting Instructor

*West Johnston High School919-934-7333inChristaloneYou can't take my joy,

'cause the world didn't give it to me. - Andy Mineo*

Employees or students of Johnston County Schools who feel that they have

been discriminated against because of their gender, race, age, or

handicapping condition should contact: Dolores Gill, Johnston County

Schools, Post Office Box 1336, Smithfield, NC 27577, (919) 934-6031

On Tue, Aug 9, 2016 at 2:04 PM, chofer@morainepark.edu <