What is the Difference between Start, Due and End Dates?
There are multiple ways to set dates within MyCourses. This tutorial will explain the difference between start, due, and end dates. It is important that you understand how these dates affect the student's experience. Below is an explanation of each of three possible dates that you can set within the Course Content area.
- Start Date - students will not be able to access content, submit to a dropbox, post to a discussion, or take a quiz until this date is reached. They cannot see any instructions that are set on dropboxes or discussion topics but if you set up your quiz to show the description it can be seen.
- Due Date - students will be able to access content, submit to a dropbox, post to a discussion, or take a quiz at any time. When the due date is reached, students will still have access to all content including quizzes, dropboxes, or discussion topics. Dropboxes are the only item where you could see a submission flagged as late. Quizzes and Discussions that have due dates set will not be flagged as late.
- End Date - students will not be able to access content, submit to a dropbox, post to a discussion, or take a quiz after this date has passed. They can, however, access their submissions on quizzes and dropboxes. They will not be able to view any discussion topic threads or posts. The discussion topic becomes hidden from their view.
If you do not set any dates, the content, discussion topics, quizzes, or dropboxes are always available to the student. You also have a choice to set either the start, due or end date or any combination of the three. In most cases, faculty should use only the start and end dates if you wish to restrict content, discussion topics, dropboxes, or quizzes when setting dates. The due date should only be used when you do not want to restrict the students access to content, discussion topics, dropboxes, or quizzes but want to provide an idea when the items are due.