Assignment Due Date Means Of Egress

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Availability dates define when students are able to view assignments and when the last date and time to submit to an assignment is. Availability dates are not required, but may be useful in limiting access if desired.

Available From: The date and time for when assignments will become accessible by students.

Available Until: The date and time for when students can no longer submit to an assignment.

The Due Date defines the date and time when a submission to an assignment is considered late. If there is no due date defined, submissions can be made to an assignment until the course ends. Due dates in addition to availability dates, are notrequired, but one or the other is required when creating an assignment.

Use Cases:

No Late Submissions

If no late submissions for an assignment is desired, set the Available Until date and time as the same as the Due Date. This will prevent students from submitting to the assignment after the defined dates and times.

Allow Late Submissions

If late submissions for an assignment until a certain date is desired, set the Available Until date to a date and time later than the Due Date. Students who submit by the due date will not be considered late in Canvas. Students who submit after the due date will be considered late.

Open Assignment with Due Date

If you would like to have an assignment open for submissions throughout the period of the course, but would like to set a due date to reward those who submit to the assignment by the due date--set the due date, and leave the Available Until field empty.

Limit Early Access/Submissions

If you would like to limit when students are able to view and submit to an assignment, set the Available from date and time. In the figure above, the available from date will prevent students from accessing the assignment before May 2nd at 12:00am. The available from date is useful in preventing students from proceeding to a future assignment.

Note: An assignment will be closed once the Available Until date and time has been reached. At this point students will not be able to submit to the assignment.

If you want to allow students to submit an assignment until a specific date, set an Until date. The date you set depends on whether you want to accept late submissions. When the Until date has passed, students can still view or download their submissions and view any submission comment.

No late submissions—Some instructors do not allow any late submissions by setting the Until Date as the Due Date. For example, If you want to allow students to view the assignment at any time with a due date of September 19 at 11:59 pm, but you do not want to accept any late submissions, also set the Until Date as September 19 at 11:59 pm.  

Canvas views and scores the assignment as follows:

  • Canvas opens the assignment to all student submissions on the first day of the course (according to term date and course time zone)
  • In the Gradebook, the assignment is on time if submitted by September 19 at 11:59 pm (according to course time zone)
  • Canvas closes the assignment to all student submissions on September 19 at 11:59 pm (according to course time zone)

 

Allow late submissions—Some instructors allow late submissions within a specific period of time after the due date. For example, if you want to allow students to submit a late assignment up to three days after the due date, set the Until Date as September 22 at 11:59 pm.

Canvas views and scores the assignment as follows:

  • Canvas opens the assignment to all student submissions on the first day of the course (according to term date and course time zone)
  • In the Gradebook, the assignment is on time if submitted by September 19 at 11:59 pm (according to course time zone)
  • In the Gradebook, the assignment is marked late if submitted between September 20 at 12 am and September 22 at 11:59 pm (according to course time zone)
  • Canvas closes the assignment to all student submissions on September 22 at 11:59 pm (according to course time zone)

 

Note: In Quizzes, the autosubmit feature is tied to the Until date, which may affect student submissions. For more details, view the Quiz availability dates lesson.

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