What are Varied Due Dates?

Varied due dates is a Canvas feature that lets you create Assignments, Graded Discussions, and Quizzes with different due dates for each section of your course. Examples of this feature include a course that meets on different days of the week or in different formats (online vs. face-to-face).

This lesson is an overview of varied due date placement throughout Canvas. Varied due dates do not affect your students since they will only see the date associated with the section they are enrolled in. However, Multiple Due Dates will appear across your entire course including Quizzes, Assignments, Discussions, Syllabus, Modules, Course Analytics, Calendar, and SpeedGrader™.

Quizzes View

Quizzes View

Varied due dates are located within individual Quizzes. Open a Quiz from the Quizzes Page and view the due dates for each section.

Assignments Page View

Assignments that contain varied due dates or varied availability dates will read Multiple Due Dates on the Assignments Index Page [1]. Users can hover over multiple due date links and view each section’s individual due date [2].

Assignment Due Dates

Assignment Due Dates

When you click the title of an assignment, the assignment details will also display the list of due dates for each section.

Discussions View

Discussions View

Varied due dates are located within individual Discussions. Open a Graded Discussion from the Discussions Page, then click Show Due Dates.  

Discussions Due Dates

Discussions Due Dates

View the due dates for each section.

Syllabus View

Syllabus View

The Syllabus lists all Assignments according to due date, which causes Assignments with varied due dates to appear more than once. For example, Initial Ideas about Biosynthesis [1] appears on three different dates, corresponding with each section's individual due date—Section 1 on November 4, Section 2 on November 5, and Section 3 on November 6.

Assignments that do not have varied due dates will not have a section associated beneath the Assignment title. For instance, Biosynthesis [2] does not have any associated sections, meaning it is due on the same date for all students and only appear once in the Syllabus.  

Modules View

Module contents with varied due dates will only be listed once within the Module. Multiple Due Dates will appear next to the affected Module items [1]. Users can hover over multiple due date links and view each section’s individual due date [2].

Course Analytics View

Course Analytics View

Course analytics display each Assignment in a bar graph. Hover over the Assignment bar to view details. Assignments with varied due dates will appear just the same as all other Assignments except for the due date, which will display as Multiple Dates.

Calendar View

Calendar 2 displays all Assignments according to due date, which causes Assignments with varied due dates to appear more than once. For example, Initial ideas about Biosynthesis [1] appears on three different dates, corresponding with each section's individual due date—Section 1 on March 25, Section 2 on March 26, and Section 3 on March 27.

Assignments that do not have varied due dates with not have a section associated beneath the Assignment title. For instance, Pre-Assessment [2] does not have any associated sections, meaning it is due on the same date for all students and only appears on the Calendar due date.  

SpeedGrader View

SpeedGrader™ displays the assignment as having Multiple Due Dates. Users can view each section's individual due date by opening the assignment.

(Optional) Lesson Feedback (0)

Please let us know if any information in this lesson appears to be incorrect in terms of Canvas functionality only (please do not submit feature requests here). This is not a help site, and submitted comments cannot be answered. If your Canvas course/account is having trouble completing any of the tasks outlined in this lesson, please contact Canvas Support by submitting a HELP TICKET via the Help Link within Canvas or emailing support@instructure.com. Thank you.

E-Mail me if a reply is posted