How do I change the start and end dates for a course?

By default, courses inherit term dates set for your entire institution. However, as an instructor, you may need to change the start and end dates for your course. Dates can be shorter than the term dates or overlap the term dates. Changing the course dates creates an override for the term dates and students can only access the course during the specified course dates.

Note: Course date overrides only manage student participation in the course. After students accept the course invitation, they can access the course and look at content but they cannot fully participate, meaning they cannot submit assignments or make discussion replies. If you do not want students to be able to view any content in your course until the course start date, Course Settings also allows you to restrict students from being able to access content. You can also choose to restrict all access to your course after the course has concluded. Learn how to restrict course access.

Open Settings

Open Settings

In Course Navigation, click the Settings link.

Open Course Details

Open Course Details

Click the Course Details tab.

Set Course Start Date

Set Course Start Date

Click the Starts calendar icon [1]. Click a new start date for the course [2].

Set End Date

Set End Date

Click the Ends calendar icon [1]. Click a new end date for the course [2].

View Date Warning

Note: In your end date, if you do not set a time, or you set the end time to midnight, a warning icon will appear notifying you that the date prior to the set end date will be the last available day in the course. For instance, if the course were set to end May 15, the last full available date for the course would be May 14.

Limit User Participation

Limit User Participation

Select the Users can only participate in the course between these dates checkbox.

Update Course Details

Update Course Details

Click the Update Course Details button.