Canvas - Early Access / Extending Course Access (UW-Madison)
This document outlines how to control course access for enrolled students
Modify Course Access for all 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.
Restrict students from viewing course before start date: When a student enrolls in a future course, the course displays in the Future Enrollments section in the student Courses list. Once a course is published, the course displays an invitation to join the course, where the students can view course content at any time before the course begins. However, when the student restriction for the course start date is enabled, students cannot view a link to the course until the start date, even if the course is published.
Restrict students from viewing course after end date: Once a course has concluded, students can still view the course but all content is displayed in a read-only state. However, when the student restriction for the course end date is enabled, students can no longer view the course in the Courses list after the course has concluded. This setting can be used if your institution uses the course across multiple terms and want to restrict students from accessing prior content for future students, or if students have to re-enroll in the course.
These restriction settings also apply to the over ride start and end dates for the course. If no override dates are specified, the start and end dates apply to the term dates. Learn how to change course start and end dates.
To modify these settings, click on "Settings" on the left-hand navigation panel.
View Restriction Options
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, click the Restrict students from viewing courses before start date checkbox .
To set a default so that students cannot access the course after the course end date, Restrict students from viewing courses after end date checkbox .NOTE: You will also have to make sure your course is published if you want students to have access to your course. Setting the course dates will not provide students access if your course is unpublished.
Extend Access to Your Course for a Subset of Students
Instructors may want a few students to stay in the course beyond its term and/or course end date. An instructor may want to do this for students who have not fulfilled all their course requirements and are marked as incomplete until they finish their work. The following outlines how to extend student access to your course: