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Setting start and end dates for discussions

You can control access to a discussion topic by setting start and end dates. You may want to cover content that pertains to the topic before students have access to post. An end date will prevent students from posting while you are assessing individual posts.

  • What is required: A D2L Brightspace course that uses discussions

Step 1: The Restrictions tab

You can control the availability of a discussion topic from the Restrictions tab.

  1. Availability Start Date and End Date
    • Visible with access restricted before start and/or after end: discussion will be visible to students before the Start Date and/or after the End Date, but they cannot click or open it. They can only view the title, dates, and restrictions. Similar to the previous ‘availability’ dates.
    • Visible with submission restricted before start and/or after end: discussion will be visible to students before the Start Date and/or after the End Date. They can access and view the activity but cannot complete it. They can access the description and evaluation requirements, such as rubrics. Similar to the previous ‘locking’ dates.
    • Hidden before start and/or after end (This is a new feature starting Sep 2021): discussion will be hidden from students until the Start Date and/or after the End Date.

    Calendar events for Availability Start and End dates are hidden until the start/end date. Additionally, notifications are not sent until the start/end date. Previously, the hidden status of a discussion topic was decided by the tool displaying the topic.

  2. The Display in Calendar checkbox option is now consolidated with the Availability Start Date and End Date options, which adds the start date and end dates to the calendar. Previously, the tool decided which calendar event should be added to the calendar. With this change, calendar events for availability dates may change and additional events for Availability Start Dates may be added.
  3. After making your choices, click Save and Close.

Step 2: Setting dates for forums

  • The same availability options that are available for a topic are available for a forum.

New discussion dates updated Sep 2021, Infographic