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Set Dates and Restrict Availability for Modules and Topics in Content

Set date restrictions for deadlines and availability for items in Content, such as when students can access materials or when assignments are due.

There are 3 types of dates in D2L: Start Dates, Due Dates, and End Dates.

  • Start Dates modify when a student can view or access content in a module or topic. Students will see that a module or topic exists, but they cannot access it if the Start Date has not yet occurred.
  • Due 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 access materials with a Due Date after the date has passed.
  • End Dates restrict access to modules, topics, or items. They remove all access once the date has passed. (End Dates are not often recommended for Content modules or topics, as they affect the entire class access to course materials.)

Set Dates for a Module

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.

  1. To set dates on a module, go to the Content and select the desired module.
  2. Select Add dates and restrictions… under the module title to display settings options.
    date and time restrictions setting
  3. Choose the desired type of date to apply (Start Date, Due Date, and End Date) by selecting the respective text:  Add start date, Add due date, or Add end date.  
    date settings
  4. Enter the time and date restriction desired by either using the calendar and dropdown selectors, or by entering text [4].  For any date type, both a date and a time are required. Select the Update button to apply the selected date restrictions [5]. Any dates set will be displayed below their respective module title in the Table of Contents. If a module is selected, all set dates will be displayed beneath the module title on the page.

    click update on date changes

Set Dates for a Topic

  1. Select the dropdown arrow next to the topic title to reveal its settings options [A], then select Edit Properties In-place [B].  The topic properties will expand below the topic title.
    edit properties in place
  2. Select Add dates and restrictions… 
    add dates and restrictions
  3. Several settings options will be displayed. Select the date restriction option you want to set:  Add start date..., Add due date..., or Add end date.... [3].

  4. adjust date and time and update
  5. Date and time options will expand below the item title.  Enter the desired time and date by either using the selectors or by entering text. Both a date and a time are required in order to apply the setting.
  6. Select the Update button [4] to apply the date restrictions: the date will be displayed below the topic title. 

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 to the right of the date and time options to remove the date setting completely. Select the Update button to apply changes.

Hide a Module From Student View

To hide a module from student view, set its status to Hidden. This will conceal the module and all of its topics completely invisible to students.

  1. Select the module to be set to Draft.
  2. Select Published [A] to reveal the status dropdown menu, then select Draft [B]. The module status will now be hidden until its status is changed to Published.
    set draft and publish

Hide a Topic from Student View

In the same way a module can be hidden from view, an individual topic within a module can be hidden or visible.

  1. By default, all new content topics are Hidden. Select the eye with slash icon to the right of the topic title, then select the toggle to either make the item Visible. Select the toggle again to hide the topic.


To reorganize modules and topics within the Content area in a course,view the Reordering Modules and Topics guide for more information.​

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