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Setting Early Access in Canvas

Course dates determine when students can view and/or participate inside of a live site. Additional information about how term dates, course dates, and section dates work in Canvas can be found here.

This page will explain how to provide students early access to the course and which notifications students will receive.

 

Course Dates Settings

The settings portion of the course is available to instructors and TA’s. In Course Navigation, click the Settings link, then scroll down to the Course Dates:

screenshot of canvas settings for course dates

  1. Course Start Date: When course sites are created, the default date is set to the start of the academic term. Different schools have earlier or later start dates. This dates can be changed by the instructors or at the request of the department.

  2. Course End Date: The course end date is set approximately 1 month after the end of the academic term to prevent students from getting locked out immediately. This date can be changed if the instructor would like to extend access after the semester has ended.

  3. Students can only participate in the course between these dates: This checkbox ensures that students can only participate in the course between the specified dates. Outside these dates, the course is in a read-only state for students and observers.

  4. Restrict students from viewing course before start date: This option will restrict students from viewing course content before the course start date. If this is unchecked when a course site is published, students can view course content at any time before the course begins.

  5. Restrict students from viewing course after end date: This option will restrict students from viewing course content after the course end date. If this is unchecked in a published site, students can still view the course but all content is displayed in a read-only state.

 

Early Read Only Access

Read-only provides students to access the course and look at the syllabus and non-date restricted content. Students will not be able to submit assignments, discussions, or quizzes.  To provide students early read-only access, set the following Course Date Settings:

Course Start Date: Leave default term start dates
Course End Date: Leave default term end dates
Students can only participate in the course between these dates: CHECKED
Restrict students from viewing course before start date: UN-CHECKED
Restrict students from viewing course after end date: UN-CHECKED
(Click for Early Read-Only Access screenshot)

With these settings, you can send students a message in Canvas and post course announcements that will be visible in the Canvas LMS.

  • Students will receive a email notification if you send them a message.
  • Students will not receive a email notification if you post a new course announcement. If you want the students to receive an email notification for announcements, you will need to open the course to Early Full Access.

 

Early Full Access

Early full access means starting the course before the official term start date. Students will be able to start the course and submit assignments/quizzes, unless you set individually available from/to dates on each assignment, quiz, or discussion. To fully open the course early, set the following Course Date Settings:

Course Start Date: Empty Field
Course End Date: Leave default term end dates
Students can only participate in the course between these dates: CHECKED
Restrict students from viewing course before start date: UN-CHECKED
Restrict students from viewing course after end date: UN-CHECKED
(Click for Early Full Accessscreenshot)

With these settings, you can send students a message in Canvas and post course announcements that will be visible in the Canvas LMS.

  • Students will receive a email notification if you send them a message.
  • Students will receive a email notification if you post a new course announcement.