This document outlines how to control course access for enrolled students
As an instructor, you are able to change restrictions for student access in your course. These restrictions include student access to courses before or after the start and end date.
Note: While courses with graded submissions cannot be unpublished, restricting student access can prevent students from accessing the course after a certain date.
By default, your course will use the term start and end dates for your course.
If no override dates are specified, the start and end dates apply to the term dates. (tutorial: change course start and end dates)
In the Courses tab, view the Visibility section. By default, student access check boxes are not selected, meaning students can view courses before and after course dates. To retain this default for the course, do not select any check boxes.
To set a default so that students cannot view a link to the course before the course start date, select the Restrict students from viewing courses before start date checkbox .
Instructors may need to provide a student with access to a Canvas course beyond its term and/or course end date. For instance, they may need to do this for students who have not fulfilled all course requirements and are marked as incomplete until they finish their work.
This document explains how a student can be granted extended access to a Canvas Course.
Note: Instructors in a for-credit course cannot perform all of the following steps by themselves; the steps require permissions that instructors do not have. To complete all steps, instructors need the help of their local Canvas sub-account administrator when indicated in the following instructions. To identify that person, contact the DoIT Help Desk.
The instructor can perform the steps in this section.
The Canvas sub-account administrator can perform the steps in this section, not the instructor.
Since the student(s) is already enrolled in the course, you can edit their course section enrollment from the People page. The student(s) does not need to be unenrolled or removed from previously enrolled sections in the course to be added to the ad hoc section. The document How do I edit section for an enrollment in a course? provides step-by-step instructions on adding enrolled students to a course section.
Preparation for extended access to a Canvas course does not end with creation of an ad hoc section and student enrollment in that section. Instructors can set Availability Dates, or lock dates for assignments, including quizzes, in their course. Availability Dates specify a date range when students can submit an assignment. If Availability Dates were used on assignments in the course, they need to be changed to reflect the agreed upon schedule for the ad hoc course section. If Availability Dates are not changed or removed within the Canvas course, the student(s) in the ad hoc section will receive an error message when attempting to access assignments.
The document What is the difference between assignment due dates and availability dates? may be a useful resources that explains the differences between due dates and availability dates as well as how to change both of theses features for multiple assignments at the same time.