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Setting Due Dates in Canvas

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Setting Canvas Due Dates Helps Students

Many students rely on the Canvas TO DO LIST to know what to complete and when. An assignment must have a due date for it to appear on a student's To Do list. By setting Canvas due dates, you can help students manage their assignments.


Graphic depicting a student holding a Canvas To Do list. A clip art person holding a list of due dates in Canvas that is a pop out from a clip art calendar. The list of due dates includes To Do at the top. Under this heading are listed Introduction Discussion for PSY 2123 with a due date of August 25 at 11 59 pm, Topic 1 Paper for ANTH 1223 with a due date of September 2 at 11 59 pm, and Essay 1 for ENGL 1234 with a due date of September 2 at 11 59 pm. Next is a heading of Coming Up. Under this heading are listed Module 1 Discussion for HIST 3443 with a due date of Sept 3 at 11 59 pm, and Research Project for ANTH 1223 due on September 4 at 11 59 pm. At the bottom of the graphic is text which reads Image adapted from one created by on


To learn more about how to set assignment Due Dates view this guide:
How do I add or edit details in an assignment? (scroll down to “Edit Due and Availability Dates”)


Pro Tip:

You can also set due dates for Pages in Canvas. To learn more, use this guide:
How do I add a page to the student To-Do list as an instructor?

Please Note: Pages with due dates will only appear on the course To Do list and not the main Canvas Dashboard To Do list. Some students may be more likely to view the Dashboard To Do list that has assignments for all their classes instead of the course-specific To Do list


Other Helpful Guides:

Did you know you can change multiple dates all at one time (including due dates)? To learn more, view this guide: How do I bulk update due dates and availability dates as an instructor?

There are several different dates you can set for assignments in Canvas. Find out more: What is the difference between assignment due dates and availability dates?

What does the To Do list look like for students? See this student guide to find out: How do I use the To Do list and sidebar in the Dashboard as a student?



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