Due Dates and Availability

Due Dates and Availability








Due Dates and Dates of Availability
Unless a course is open-ended, most will have some homework deadlines. When you add
content (assignments, assessments or interactive tools) to your Blackboard course you will
be prompted to set these deadlines by communicating Due Dates or by restricting access
via Availability Dates. While these sound similar they have different functions.
Availability Date is a date/time after which an item will become available or a date range
within which it is available to students. Some things to know about availability dates:
 What it Does: Setting dates of availability controls when the item will be displayed
 Student Notification: Setting dates of availability does not inform students when the
item will be available – instructors must include “expiration” or “availability dates” in
the item description or elsewhere.
 How Availability Dates Are Set: Availability dates are applied individually to items (or
to folders containing a number of items) which controls student access. Dates must be
individually updated for each item they have been applied to if the course is re-used
Due Date is simply a date the instructor expects an item to be completed by. Some things
to know about Due Dates:
 What it Does: Due dates do not restrict the availability of an item. Submissions are still
accepted after the due date but are marked late
 Student Notification: Students are automatically notified of due dates
 How Due Dates Are Set: Due dates can be applied globally to all content items or by
item type from one page in Blackboard

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How to Set Availability Dates
1. Availability can be set when an item is created (see instructions for individual content
items – Adding Content > Assignments , Interactive Tools, Using tests, Surveys and
Pools) or can be edited later using the edit menu for that item in the content area (Edit,
Edit Test Options, Edit Properties, etc.)
2. Check the box for Display After and type in or select a date using the calendar.
Similarly, select a Display After time. If desired, select a Display Until date and time.

3. Click Submit.
4. Include dates of availability in item/folder description.

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Example
Availability Settings

What the Student Sees

After Instructor Editing of the Content Link’s Description

How to Set Due Dates
Due Dates can be set when an item is created (see instructions for individual content items
– Adding Content >, Assignments, Interactive Tools, Using Tests, Surveys and Pools) or can
be edited later using the edit menu for that item in the content area (Edit, Edit Test Options,
Edit Properties, etc.)

To Set Due Dates During Item Creation:
1. Check the box in front of Due Date
2. Type in or select a date using the calendar.
3. Type in or select a time using the clock.

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To Set Due Dates for All Items Simultaneously
1. Access the Date Management link from the Course Tools menu

2. Select a date adjustment option and click Start.
a. Use Course Start Date – if an item has a due date of 25 days after the start of the
semester in the original course, when you “Use Course Start Date” and change
the start date of the course for a subsequent semester, the due date for that item
will still be 25 days after the start of the semester
b. Adjust by Number of Days – use this option to move all items ahead or back by
a specified number of days. If you want to ensure that due dates fall on the same
day of the week as they did in the original course use this option. Type in the
number of days to shift all dates by (positive to move ahead, negative to move
back).
c. List All Dates for Review - Use this when you want to review dates before
adjusting them.

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3. Wait for the Data Management Progress status page to successfully complete. Click
Next.

4. Click Next to move to Date Management Review page

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4. Items can be filtered by item type or by date type

5. To edit an individual item check the box next to the item, click Adjust Dates button and
add or subtract days

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6. To edit several at once check the box in front of each item then click Adjust Dates

7. Click Run Date Management Again to return to the Select a Date Adjustment Option
page

Student View of Due Dates
Students can see Due Dates in the Calendar and in the Notifications Module (if created – See
Communication Tools > Notifications) accessible under Global Navigation
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Additional Resources: Blackboard Help https://help.blackboard.com

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