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Canvas, Behavior With Term, Course and Section Dates

This article summarizes the behavior of the start/end date hierarchy between terms, courses and sections.

Section, course and term dates make up the hierarchy of dates within Canvas. Here are some behaviors you can expect within Canvas, in general and within our institution (UIUC):

  • Terms in Canvas are defined with a start/end date acquired from Banner

  • Unless otherwise specified, courses in Canvas are built using availability dates for the term in which they reside

  • Students inherit the term start and term end date, while Teachers, TA's and Designers inherit a "whenever" start date to the term end date

  • Students are currently restricted from accessing the course before the start date (institution setting)

  • Individual accounts/courses can determine if they want to allow students to access their course following course end (institution setting)

  • When beyond the course/term dates, a Canvas course "archives", locking content and membership for the course as "read only" for teachers, etc. (can still be used as a source for content copy to a new course)

Keywords:canvas term course section start end dates   Doc ID:117344
Owner:Mark R.Group:University of Illinois Technology Services
Created:2022-03-14 14:53 CDTUpdated:2022-03-15 10:47 CDT
Sites:University of Illinois Technology Services
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