what is a lock date? how can i extend it?
I cannot seem to set up assignments dates because they are past "lock date."
I am assuming you are referring to creating a new assignment in a created module. It is possible to lock a module until you are ready for it to be accessed by your students. In order to unlock your module you need to click on the gear or setting to change the date for the module to be viewable and/or unlock the module so you can upload new assignments. Hope this helps!
Oh, good call, COREYANNE DOSTERT,
Jennifer Babcock you can also create assignments from the Assignments screen and then later associate them with Modules, but as CoreyAnne mentions you have module availability dates to content with as well.
The term "locked" is also used in association with course files, by the way.
I am going to assume you are a teacher in the course in question. If that is not the case, please let me know.
If you want to create a date range for students to view and submit an assignment, you can set availability dates. Availability dates are also sometimes called lock dates but you won't find that terminology anywhere in the user interface I don't believe, except when a user clicks on an assignment that is past its period of availability in which case they see a message that "This assignment is locked".
There are three dates associated with assignments - the available from and until dates, and the due date. Any assignment submissions that come in after the due date but before the until date are automatically marked as late.
Hope that helps!
also, can i delay posting an announcement but without selected the delayed
post date? I dont want students to see my announcement until i decide to
publish it (if at all) at a later date.
You can adjust the post date once you have set it, so you could just set dates to be years into the future and then later adjust them to a date within the time that the course will run. Read more here: How do I delay posting an announcement until a specific date in a course?
A lock date is a date that will publish the assignment on a certain date. For example, I do not want my assignment to be published until the second week of the new school year. Therefore, I have selected the lock date to be September 15, 2015. When creating assignments, you need to make sure the assignment date coincide with the lock date. Hope this was helpful.
So a lock date is different than an Available From date, and actually delays publishing? I am familiar with due dates and availability dates, but did not think either of them could affect when an item is published. . . We can do this?
Lynn, the lock date is a Module setting. Any assignments, pages, links, etc contained in a Module can be "locked" until a certain date. This date over-rides any assignment availability dates/settings. For example, if your assignment is set to be available starting on 5/18/2015, but the Module the assignment is in is locked until 5/20/2015 the students will not be able to access the assignment until the Module opens. Here's the guide for more information on this - How do I lock a module?
Publishing (aka Draft state) is something slightly different. Publishing a Module means that the Module and it's content (unless otherwise un-published) is visible to students. It does not mean that students can access everything in the Module. If the module is published, but locked until a specific date, students will be able to see the module and it's content, but not access any of it until the it's unlocked. Yet, if the module isn't published and has a lock date, the module WILL NOT automatically publish and become visible at the unlock date. In this case the Module will remain hidden from students even thought the content is unlocked. Here's the guide for more information on this - How do I use Draft State in Modules?
For publishing and assignments, you need to have an assignment published in order for students to access the assignment. Publishing is not effected by due and availability dates on assignments. If the assignment isn't published then it doesn't matter if it should be available - it won't be visible to students. Here's the guide for more information on this - How do I use Draft State in Assignments?
Whew! I know this is a lot, but I hope it helps!
Thanks, Kona, I'm familiar with the locking modules, publishing, etc.; your explanations are great. What's missing (I believe) is the ability to schedule when an individual assignment (or other graded item) is published.
Yes, you are exactly correct! We had this feature in our previous LMS and faculty really appreciated it. I did a quick search in The specified item was not found. and didn't see a request for something like this. You may consider adding one - How do I create a new feature idea?
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