Managing Course Dates

Instructors have options for managing availability dates, such as start dates, end dates, and due dates for items in their course. These dates can be managed:

  1. Collectively in the Manage Dates tool
  2. Individually from within each respective tool

Why should I add dates to course items?

Developing good organization and time-management skills is crucial for students’ and their learning success. Adding dates to course items in TCU Online helps support students’ development of these skills.

When dates are added to items in your course, these dates become visible to students and automatically populate in the Calendar tool. This helps students better manage their time, and take more responsibility for due dates, deadlines, and course requirements.

Adding dates to course items also helps leverage the functionality of the student app called Pulse. Pulse is a mobile app that helps students keep track of important updates. It brings news, deadlines, and grades together in one place so students can spend less time organizing and more time learning. To learn more about Pulse, see Make Your Course Pulse Friendly.

About the Manage Dates Tool

Instructors can use the Manage Dates tool to manage all course dates from a single location. This allows for a robust global view of all course dates, and a quick one-stop shop for editing dates.

Within Manage Dates you can view a comprehensive list of course items (Announcements, Activities, Content topics and modules, Grades, manual Calendar events) and edit their date availability values. The top of the Manage Dates page also includes the course start and end dates, which can be edited, but also act as a reference for instructors when editing the dates of various individual items.

In addition to editing the dates of course items, you can open a course item in a new window by clicking on its name. This launches the item’s Edit page where you can edit additional properties for the item without leaving the Manage Dates tool.

Some tools have additional features visible in the Manage Dates tool:

  • Quizzes- submission view names and dates
  • Quizzes- report names and dates
  • Discussion Topic- unlock dates
  • Discussion Forum- unlock dates

Managing Dates in the Manage Dates Tool

  1. Locate and select the course in which you want to manage the dates. Select Course Admin from the navigation bar.
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  2. Click Manage Dates.
    Manage Dates
  3. To quickly locate certain course items, use the filter options to narrow down the list of items by tool. Or, use advanced filter options to further filter by Name, Date range, Duration, and Calendar status. If you filter your course items, any bulk changes you make will apply only to the filtered results. This enables you to update multiple availability dates based on specific criteria.
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  4. Course items display in a grid and can be sorted by any of the column headings. Items display alphabetically by tool type, then in the order in which an instructor would see them in their respective tools.

Editing Dates

Within the grid, you can edit dates for individual course items or multiple items. While editing dates, you can also choose to display item availability in the Calendar tool.
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To edit dates, do one of the following:

  • Edit dates for an individual course item.
    1. Select the context menu of the item that you would like edit, then click Edit Dates.
    2. Set the start and end date, or clear the date by unchecking the box. Then choose whether the object displays in the Calendar tool.
    3. Click Save.
  • Edit dates for multiple course items.
    1. Select the check boxes beside the items you want to edit dates for and click Bulk Edit Dates from the top of the grid.
    2. Set the start and end dates, or clear them by unchecking the box. Then choose whether to add the objects the Calendar tool.
    3. Click Save.

Offsetting dates

Within Manage Dates you can also move start dates and end dates forward or backward by a specified number of days. You can use this feature to bulk offset all dates after copying course content forward to a new term.

Watch how to offset dates in Manage Dates

To offset dates, do one of the following:

  • Offset dates for an individual course item.
    1. Select the context menu for the item that you would like edit, then click Offset Dates.
    2. Next, specify which dates you want to offset.
    3. Select Offset by direction and range to specify whether you want to offset the dates forward or backward, and by how many days and hours.
    4. Select Calculate range between two dates to quickly generate the number of days between two relative dates. (For example, the first day of the previous semester to the first day of the current semester.)
  • Offset dates for multiple course items.
    1. Select the check boxes beside the items you want to offset dates for and click Bulk Offset Dates from the top of the grid.
    2. Next, specify which dates you want to offset.
    3. Select Offset by direction and range to specify whether you want to offset the dates forward or backward, and by how many days and hours.
    4. Select Calculate range between two dates to quickly generate the number of days between two relative dates. (For example, the first day of the previous semester to the first day of the current semester.)
    5. Click Save.