What is the difference between due dates and availability dates?

In addition to setting a due date for an assignment, instructors can specify a specific date range that students can submit the assignment. These dates are called availability dates.

Note: Beneath the Due Date and Availability date fields, Canvas will display the time zone date and time according to context. If you manage courses in a time zone other than your local time zone and create or edit a due date for an assignment, the course and local times are displayed for reference.

View Due Dates

View Due Dates

The due date is when you want students to turn in the assignment or quiz.

Note: Students can still submit the assignment after the due date unless you create an Until date using Availability dates.  

View Availability Dates

View Availability Dates

Availability dates are the date range where students can submit the assignment or quiz. The first available date is the Available From date, and the last available date is the Until date. After the Until date, students will not be able to submit the assignment or quiz.

Note: If a student starts the quiz but does not finish by the due date, Canvas will automatically submit the quiz on the due date, even if there is a later Until date. However, a student could start the quiz after the due date and will have until the available Until date or the set time limit.

Edit Quiz Details

The Until date does not restrict student access to view the result of their assignment. For instance, in Quizzes, you may not want students to view the results of their quiz after the Until date. To make this change, you need to edit the quiz options and restrict the quiz results.

View Due and Availability Dates

View Due and Availability Dates

After you save the quiz, view the details of the quiz. The assignment due date displays under the Due heading [1]. The availability dates display under the Available from and Until headings [2].

If the Until date is after the Due date, students can still submit the assignment, but the assignment will be marked as late.

Student View

Student View

When students open an assignment with availability dates, they will see the assignment details for when the assignment is due [1] and available [2].

If the available date is current, students can submit the assignment or take the quiz.

If the assignment is not yet available, students will see the date that that they can submit the assignment.

Gradebook Results of Due and Availability Dates

In the example above, with availability dates from July 23 until July 31, Canvas views and scores the assignment as follows:

  • Canvas opens the assignment on the Available date, July 23 at 8am
  • The assignment is on time if submitted by the Due date, July 31 at 11:00pm
  • The assignment is marked late in the Gradebook if submitted between the due date and the Until date, July 31 at 11:15 pm
  • On July 31 at 11:16pm, Canvas closes the assignment to all student submissions

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