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Add Start, End, Availability and Locking Dates to Discussions

 

 

Description

 

 

In this tutorial, we cover how to add dates to a discussion questions through the course content, and through the discussion list.

 

Step-by-Step

*You should never set both visibility and locking! Choose one or the other. Setting both of these dates can cause confusion for the students.

    To add start, end, or due dates via the Course Content:

     

    *Adding Start and End dates within the Course Content will automatically add the dates to the calendar

    1. Click on Course Content in the Navbar
    2. Click on the Module from the Table of Contents panel where the Discussion resides
    3. Click on the dropdown arrow  to the right of the Discussion Name
    4. Click on Edit Properties In-place
    5. Click on Add dates and restrictions  (If there are already dates, click on the date)
    6. Click on Add Start date, or/and Add End/Due date (Do not add both an end date and due date, that can cause issues with your calendar)
    7. Click on Update

    To Set Locking Options dates via the Discussion List:

     

    Setting locking option dates will not allow students to post to the discussion module or topic until the start date is reached and tehn will not allow them to post to it after the end date is reached.  However, the student will be able to read posts after the end date.

    1. Click on Submission Review on the Navbar
    2. Click on Discussions
    3. Click on the dropdown arrow  to the right of the Discussion Name
    4. Click on Edit Topic
    5. Click on Show Locking Options (You may need to scroll down)
    6. Click on the radio button  next to Unlock topic for a specific date range
    7. Check the Has Start Date box, if you want to add a start date and click in the date box to bring up the calendar
    8. Check the Has End Date box, if you want to add an end date and click in the date box to bring up the calendar
    9. Check  Display in Calendar
    10. Click on Save and Close (You will see the dates appear underneath the Discussion topic)

    To Set Availability dates via the Discussion List:

     

    Setting availability dates will keep the discussion topic hidden from the student until the start date is reached and then will hide it after the end date has been reached

    1. Click on Submission Review in the Navbar
    2. Click on Discussions
    3. Click on the dropdown arrow  to the right of the discussion title
    4. Click on Edit Topic
    5. Click on Show Topic Visibility Options (You may need to scroll down)
    6. Click on the radio button  next to Topic is visible for a specific date range
    7. Check the Has Start Date box, if you want to add a start date and click in the date box to bring up the calendar
    8. Check the Has End Date box, if you want to add an end date and click in the date box to bring up the calendar
    9. Check  Display in Calendar
    10. Click on Save and Close (You will see the dates appear underneath the Discussion topic)

    Additional Resources

    Have Questions? Contact the OLS iTech team at mycourses4faculty@spcollege.edu or call 727-341-3500 (Mon.- Fri. 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Eastern) or the SPC Helpdesk at 727-791-2795 or onlinehelp@spcollege.edu during nights and weekends.

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