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Instructors can set date restrictions for deadlines and availability on
modules or topics in Content to indicate when students can access materials or when assignments are due. Instructors can also hide items so they are present in the course but not accessible to students:
There are 3 types of dates in D2L:
Note: End Dates are not recommended for Content modules or topics because they end student access to those materials.
Dates for a Content module specify when a module is available for access, will become unavailable from access, or when its expected completion is due. Any dates set will be displayed beneath the module title, and the module name and set date(s) will also display on the Calendar widget on the Course Homepage.
Setting Start Dates and End Dates at the module level controls the access of not only the module, but also all of the topics within that module.
Note: To reset or remove a date and time set on either a module or a topic, simply select the date setting to expand the date options. From the date options, either select a new date restriction, or select
X next to the date and time options to remove the date setting completely. Select the
Update button to apply changes.
When creating a module, the default setting is Visible. To hide a module from student view, set its status to Hidden. This will conceal the module and make all of its topics completely invisible to students. This setting can easily be reversed to make the module Visible again.
When a topic is added to a module in Content, it inherits the visibility of the module by default. Within a module, individual topics can be set to Hidden, so they will not appear to students.
To reorganize modules and topics within the Content area in a course, view Reordering Modules and Topics.