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Setting Dates and Restricting Availability for Modules and Topics in D2L's Content Area

These instructions cover setting due dates on modules and topics in the Content area, as well as restricting students from accessing certain modules and topics, either indefinitely or by specific dates. 

There are three types of dates in D2L: start dates, due dates, and end dates.

  • Start dates: These dates modify when a student can see content in a module or topic. Students will see that the module or topic exists, but they cannot open it.
  • Due dates: These dates specify when a student should complete materials in a module. The dates will appear in the course calendar and students will be able to see and submit materials in the module after the date has passed.
  • End dates: These dates restrict access to content in a module or topic. They remove all access once the date has passed. (End dates are not recommended for content modules and topics.)

Set Dates for a Module

Setting a due date communicates to students when everything in a module is due. The date will be displayed beneath module's title in the Content are, and the module's name and due date will be added to the Calendar widget on your course's home page.

Setting start and end dates controls the visibility of not only the module, but also all of the topics in it.

  1. Go to the module you'll be setting dates for.
  2. Click Add dates and restrictions… under the module's title on the right side of the page. Several settings options will be displayed.
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  3. Click the date restriction option you want to set: Add a start date, Add a due date..., or Add an end date.... Date and time options will appear.
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  4. Enter the time and date you want to set by either using the selectors or entering text. You must set both a date and a time.
  5. Click the Update button when you're done setting dates. Start and/or end dates will be displayed below the module's title in the Table of Contents, and if a module is open, both the date and time for any type of date you set will appear below its name.
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Set Dates for a Topic

Setting start and end dates controls a topic's visibility. Setting a due date communicates to students when all activity related to a topic should be completed. The date and time for all dates you set will be displayed beneath topic's title in the module, and some dates will be added to the Calendar widget on your course's home page.

  1. Click the drop-down arrow next to the name of the topic to open its settings menu, then select Edit Properties In-place. Properties options will be displayed below the topic’s title.
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  2. Click Add dates and restrictions…. Several settings options will be displayed.
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  3. Click the date restriction option you want to set: Add a start date, Add a due date..., or Add an end date.... Date and time options will appear.
  4. Enter the time and date you want to set by either using the selectors or entering text. You must set both a date and a time.
  5. Click the Update button. The date and time you set will now be displayed below the topic's title.
  • NOTE: Changing dates that you've already set in the Content area

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    To reset or remove a date and time that you've already set on either a module or a topic, simply click it. The date options will open again, and you can either select a new date and/or time, or click the gray X to the right of the date and time options to remove them completely. Be sure to click the blue Update button when you're done making changes, or they will not be saved.

Hide Modules from Students' View

To hide a module from students' view for an indefinite period of time, set its status to "draft." This will make not only the module, but also all topics within it completely invisible to students.

  1. Go to the module you want to hide from students.
  2. Click Published to the right of the module’s title to open the status dropdown menu, then select Draft. The module’s status will be reset, and it will be hidden from students until you change its status back to published.
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Hide Topics from Students' View

To hide a topic from students' view for an indefinite period of time, set its status to "draft." This will make the topic completely invisible to students until you return its status to "published."

  1. Click the dropdown arrow to the right of the name of the topic that you want to hide, then click Edit Properties In-Place. Properties options will be displayed below the topic’s title.
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  2. Click Published to the right of the topic’s title to open the status dropdown menu, then select Draft. The topic’s status will be reset, and it will be hidden from students until you change its status back to Published.
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NEXT STEPS

You might need to reorganize your modules and topics within the Content area. View the Reordering Modules and Topics guide for more information.​

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