About Manage Dates

The Manage Dates tool enables you to view, edit and offset the date availability and set the Calendar status of all Content topics and modules; Discussion topics and forums; Dropbox folders; Grades categories and items; News items; and quizzes in your course from one central location.

These course objects display in a grid that you can sort by any of the column headings. You can also filter the grid by specific tool and use advanced filter options to work with smaller sets of objects. If you filter your course objects, any bulk changes you make apply only to the filtered results. This enables you to update multiple availability dates based on specific criteria.

In addition to managing dates, you can open each course object in a new window by clicking on its name. This launches the object's edit page where you can edit additional properties for that object without leaving the Manage Dates tool.

Access Manage Dates

Do one of the following:

Advanced filter options

Basic filter options in Manage Dates enable you to narrow your results based on tool. Advanced filter options enable you to further narrow your results by a course object's name, dates, duration, and Calendar status. Click Show Advanced Filter Options to access these additional filter options.

Filter option Additional instructions

Name

Enter a keyword and use the drop-down list to specify how the system should compare your keyword with existing object names in your course.

Start Date

Choose "blank" from the drop-down list to return course objects that do not have a start date.

End Date

Choose "blank" from the drop-down list to return course objects that do not have an end date.

Duration

Use the drop-down list to specify how the system should compare the number you enter with existing durations within your course.

Choose "blank" from the drop-down list to return course objects that do not have a specific amount of days they are available to users. Objects with unspecified durations include those containing only a start date or only an end date.

Calendar Status

Use the drop-down to specify whether filter results return objects that are displayed in Calendar or not displayed in Calendar.

Editing dates

You can edit dates for individual course objects or multiple objects. While editing dates, you can also display course object availability in the Calendar tool. If you filter your course objects, any bulk changes you make apply only to those filtered results. This enables you to update multiple objects based on specific criteria.

Edit dates

  1. Open the context menu for the object you want to edit dates for and click Edit Dates.
  2. Set or clear the start date and end date.
  3. Choose whether the object displays in the Calendar tool.
  4. Click Save.

Bulk edit dates

  1. Select the check boxes beside the objects you want to edit dates for and click Edit Dates from the top of the grid.
  2. Set or remove the start dates and end dates.
  3. Choose whether to add the objects to the Calendar tool.
  4. Click Save.

Remove dates

Click Remove beside an object's start date or end date.

Offsetting dates

Manage Dates enables you to move start dates and end dates forward or backward by a specified number of days. You can use this to move course content forward to a new term.

Offset dates

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Open the context menu for the object you want to edit dates for and click Offset Dates.
    • Select the check boxes beside the objects you want to offset dates for and click Offset Dates from the top of the grid.
  2. Specify which dates you want to offset.
  3. Use the Days drop-down list to specify whether you want to offset the dates forward or backward and enter the number of days you want to offset those dates by. Or choose Calculated based on two dates to quickly generate the number of days between two relative dates.

    Tip To help ensure the dates you choose do not land on weekends or holidays, enter the current date associated with your course object as your From date and click the Select Date icon to select your To date.

  4. Click Save.

 

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