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Desire2Learn 9.0

Manage Dates

The Manage Dates tool allows you to view and change the availability dates for a variety of course objects, including items in Content, Discussions, Dropbox, Grades, and Quizzes. It can also be used to add or remove those objects from the Schedule. This tool could be particularly helpful if you have copied components from a previous course.

return to topAccessing Manage Dates

  1. From the desired course, on the Navigation bar, click EDIT COURSE
    The Course Administration pane appears.

  2. From the Tools section, click MANAGE DATES
    The Manage Dates pane appears.

return to topFilter Options

By default, the Manage Dates tool displays all the course objects from Content, Discussions, Dropbox, Grades, and Quizzes. This can be overwhelming when you are looking for a particular object. You can filter the results so that there are fewer results to sort through.

Basic Filter Options

Use these options to look through objects for a specific tool.

  1. Access the Manage Dates tool

  2. In the Filter Options section, for Tools, select Specific Tools
    The Specific Tools options no longer appear in gray, but in black.
    Filter Options section: Specific Tools selected

  3. Deselect any undesired tools
    NOTE: An option is selected when a checkmark appears before it.
    Filter Options section: Quizzes only selected tool

  4. Click APPLY FILTER
    The page refreshes and only items from the selected tool(s) appear.

Advanced Filter Options

Use these options if you know the name, start date, or end date of the object you want to view or edit.

  1. Access the Manage Dates tool

  2. In the Filter Options section, click SHOW ADVANCED FILTER OPTIONS
    The Advanced Filter Options appear.

  3. Select the option(s) you want to use
    EXAMPLE: Select Name.
    Advanced Filter Options: Name

  4. From the Name pull-down menu, select the desired option
    EXAMPLE: Select Contains.
    Advanced Filter Options: Name pull-down menu

  5. In the Name text box, type the desired text

  6. Click APPLY FILTER
    The page refreshes and only items from the selected tool(s) appear.

return to topEdit Availability Dates

Once you have found the object you wish to edit, changing the availability dates is fairly simple.

  1. Access the Manage Dates tool

  2. Apply any desired filters

  3. Select the desired object(s)
    NOTES:
    An object is selected when a checkmark appears.
    All selected objects will receive the same changes.

  4. Click EDIT THE AVAILABILITY DATES FOR ALL SELECTED ITEMSEdit the availability dates for all selected items button
    The Edit Selected Dates dialog box appears.
    Edit Selected Dates dialog box

  5. To have the object(s) available from the beginning of the course, select Clear Start Dates
    OR
    To set a new start date, select Set Start Dates to » select the desired date
    Edit Selected Dates dialog box: Start Dates

  6. To have the object(s) available until the end of the course, select Clear End Dates
    OR
    To set a new end date, select Set End Dates to » select the desired date

  7. To remove the object(s) from the schedule, select Remove all selected objects from schedule
    OR
    To have the start and end dates appear in the schedule, select Display all selected objects in Schedule
    NOTE: For information about the Schedule, see Using the Schedule Tool.

  8. When you have made any desired changes, click SAVE
    Your changes are saved.

return to topOffset Availability Dates

If an object already has a start or end date, you can shift those dates by however many days you choose. Perhaps you have decided to extend a unit by a week; instead of selecting the date in the Edit Selected Dates dialog box, you can choose to offset the end date by 7 days in the Offset Dates dialog box.

NOTES:
To offset a start or end date, a start or end date must have been previously set.
To set a later date, type a positive number (e.g., 7); to set an earlier date, type a negative number (e.g., -7).

  1. Access the Manage Dates tool

  2. Apply any desired filters

  3. Select the desired object(s)
    NOTE: An object is selected when a checkmark appears.
    Example of a selected object

  4. Click OFFSET THE AVAILABILITY DATES FOR ALL SELECTED ITEMSOffset the availability dates for all selected items button
    The Offset Dates dialog box appears.
    Offset Dates dialog box

  5. To change both the the start and end date by the same number of days, select Offset both dates (days)
    NOTE: An option is selected when a checkmark appears before it.

  6. In the Offset both dates text box, type the desired number
    OR
    Click OPEN OFFSET CALCULATOROpen Offset Calculator button

    1. From the Previous Date pull-down menus or the calendar button, select the currently set date
      NOTE: Either the start or end date will work
    2. From the New Date pull down menus or the calendar button, select the desired date
    3. Click INSERT
      The appropriate number will appear in the Offset both dates (days) text box
  7. If you do not wish to change the start and end dates by the same number of days, select Offset dates separately
    NOTE: An option is selected when a checkmark appears before it.

  8. Select Offset Start Date (days), Offset End Date (days), or both

  9. In the appropriate text box, type the desired number
    OR
    Click OPEN OFFSET CALCULATOROpen Offset Calculator button

    1. From the Previous Date pull-down menus or the calendar button, select the date currently selected
    2. From the New Date pull down menus or the calendar button, select the desired date
    3. Click INSERT
      The appropriate number will appear in the Offset both dates (days) text box
  10. When you have made any desired changes, click SAVE
    Your changes are saved.

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