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Set Start and End Dates on Discussion Topics

 

 

Description

 

This tutorial reviews setting the start and/end dates on a discussion topic.  The instructor options for discussion availability and locking options were updated in December of 2021. 

The former settings included the ability to set a start and end date range, and the ability to set a range of dates where the post is unlocked. Now, you are now able to choose from a set of three options that determine what a student experiences before the start date or after the end date. You can also manually hide the discussion at any time. 

 

Step-by-Step

  1. Whether you are creating a new discussion topic and setting dates, or adding dates to an existing discussion topic, navigate to Submission Review, then Discussions
  2. Either select to Edit an existing discussion topic, or click "New Topic" 
  3. From the Discussion Settings page, click the Restrictions tab

     
  4. To add a start date, click the checkbox next to Has Start Date



Once this box is selected, you can choose from the following three availability settings for before the start date:
 

Start Date Availability Options


 a. Students can see the discussion in course content and its start date, but cannot click to view the full prompt or post. 

 

b. Students can view in course content, click the discussion topic title to read the full prompt, but cannot post to the topic.

 

c. Topic is fully hidden from students in course content and under the submission review tab before the start date (not advisable)

 

 

 

 

   5. To add an End date, click the checkbox next to Has End Date


Once this box is selected, you can choose from the following three availability settings for after the end date: 
 

End Date Availability Options


 a. Students can see the discussion in course content and its end date, but cannot click to view the full prompt or post to it. 

 

b. Students can view in course content, click the discussion topic title to read the full prompt, but cannot post to the topic.

 

c. Topic is fully hidden from students in course content and under the submission review tab after the end date (not advisable)

 

 

 

 

   6. Once you have set the dates and availability options, click Save and Close

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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