Canvas End of Semester / Term

The following will help instructors understand how the end of semester is handled in Canvas, and how to update related Canvas course settings if necessary. By default, students who complete a class continue to have read-only access to the concluded class’s course materials, discussions, and grades. If you wish to restrict concluded class access, you must change the class settings before the end of the term, or get a Canvas administrator to help you after the end of the term.

Everything below applies to typical term-based Canvas classes. Canvas sandbox classes and Canvas shells used for organizations, departments, groups, etc. are not tied to any particular terms and thus remain available indefinitely.

Closing your Course

There is nothing you have to do to close your Canvas course; at the term end date (see below), your course will be set to Concluded status and moved onto the Past Enrollments course list for you and your students. By default you and your students will continue to have read-only access to the course.

Canvas Term End Dates

SemesterDateTime
Spring 2020June 112 am
Summer 2020August 14 12 am
Fall 2020Dec 3112 am

Concluded Course Access

For both instructors and students, concluded courses can be found by clicking Courses in the main Canvas menu, then the All Courses link. Concluded courses are listed there under Past Enrollments. Concluded courses may not be moved back onto the Dashboard – they must be accessed in this way.

Instructors can perform the following actions with a concluded course

Instructors cannot perform the following actions within a concluded course (do these before the end of the term!)

  • Edit course content
  • Edit Grades
  • View/download Analytics
  • View/download Item Analysis within Quizzes
  • Send a message to the class within Canvas
  • Change class access settings
  • Change class navigation

Students can perform the following actions by default within a concluded course

  • View Grades
  • View course content
  • View Discussions and Assignments
  • Send a message to the instructor

Students cannot perform the following actions within a concluded course

  • View Quiz questions and answers
  • Submit discussions, assignments, quizzes, and other course activities

Restricting Students from Viewing Some or All of a Completed Course

As described above, by default in Canvas, students have ongoing read-only access to course content in Canvas after the term ends. This can be a great feature, allowing students to review key learning resources from previous semesters. If, however, you wish to limit this access, follow one of the methods below before the end of the term. (If you need to make these changes to a course that is already concluded, contact Karen Turpin for assistance at kturpin@miracosta.edu or 760-795-6787.)

Method 1: Hide Course Navigation menu links

If an instructor would like to limit access to major areas of course content, one method is to hide Navigation menu links. Note that if Navigation menu links are hidden, the instructor will also be unable to access them after the course concludes. This may be appropriate if you would like to leave Grades available to students, yet close off certain course content. The instructor may copy the course into another course to regain access to hidden menu items.

How to hide Course Navigation menu links

  1. Click Settings in the Canvas course menu
  2. Click Navigation in the tabs at the top.
  3. Drag and drop the menu items from the top (viewable) area to the bottom (hidden) area or click the gear icon to the right of the menu item and select disable.
  4. Click the Save button.

Method 2: Hide select course content

For more fine-grained control, certain course content such as files, pages, modules, or module items (but not assignments or discussions where students have participated) may be unpublished. As with hidden Navigation menu links, unpublished items are also inaccessible to the instructor after the course concludes.

If you wish to hide course items where students have participated, such as discussions or assignments, you cannot unpublish those. But there is a trick: simply set the availability date to sometime far in the future.

These options may be useful if you want students to be able to access most course content, but have select content that you prefer not to be accessed/shared in the future. The instructor may copy the course into a current course to be able to revisit/reuse hidden content.

Method 3: Restrict students from accessing entire course after end date

If an instructor would prefer the entire course and its course materials not be visible to students after the course end date:

  1. Click Settings in the Canvas course menu
  2. Select the checkbox for ‘Restrict students from viewing course after end date’Restrict past end date
  3. Click the Update Course Details button.

This option will completely remove the course from the student’s view in Past Enrollments. Students will not see the course and will have no access to course materials or grades. Instructors will continue to be able to access the course in Past Enrollments.

Resolving Incompletes

If you have assigned a student an incomplete ‘I‘ grade for the semester contact Karen Turpin at kturpin@miracosta.edu or 760-795-6787 as soon as the paperwork is complete with Admissions and Records. Karen will create a new Canvas course section based on the original course.  This new section will allow the student access to the course with the ability to submit work, and will give you access to grade the student’s work, for the time allowable by the Office of Admissions and Records.

Working with Concluded Courses to Build New Courses

As noted above, you may always export a concluded course for import back into Canvas (Text instructions), or use a concluded course as the source for copying into a new course (Text instructions | Video tutorial). If you wish to update the content of a concluded course for use in the future, but you do not have a current term course in which to do that, you may wish to request a Sandbox course to copy into and work with, since you cannot edit a concluded course directly.

Teaching a short course and/or need to close your course prior to the official term end date?

You can manually end your course by updating the course end date.

To change the Course Start and/or End Date

  1. Click on Settings in the Canvas course menu
  2. Change the Course Start and End Dates to reflect when you want students to have full access to the course.
  3. Select the checkbox for Users can only participate in this course between these dates.
  4. Click the Update Course Details button.

In the example below, students will not be able to access the course, even if it is published, until Jan 16 at 12 am. The students will no longer be able to participate in the course after May 30  at 5 pm and the course will be visible to students in the ‘Past Enrollments’ list by clicking on Courses, then All Courses.

Start / End Term Canvas Dates

  • Note: If you select a course end date prior to the official end of term date, but do not check the box Users can only participate in this course between these dates, students will still be able to actively participate in the course until the official Canvas end of term (as shown in the table above).

PlayPosit in Canvas

Playposit logo

PlayPosit 3.0 is an interactive video learning tool that is now fully-integrated with Canvas. Playposit allows instructors to create content using videos from 3C Media or other video hosts, assign bulbs and monitor analytics, all within Canvas.  

PlayPosit allows you to:

  • Add video interactions (bulbs) to your class assignments
  • Automatically sync students’ grades from video interactions in Canvas grade book

PlayPosit in Canvas

Getting Started

Building a Bulb in PlayPosit 3.0

Click here to edit the advanced iframe block.

CCC TechConnect – 3CMedia Hosted Video

Click here to edit the advanced iframe block.

Assigning Bulbs in Canvas

Click here to edit the advanced iframe block.

Monitor Analytics

Click here to edit the advanced iframe block.

Contact Support

Canvas User Profile Names

Faculty

The first and last name displayed in your Canvas profile is stored in the preferred name field within the Workday HR system. Once your preferred name is updated in the Workday HR system it will then update to Peoplesoft / SURF and update to Canvas during the next scheduled data transfer.

To update your first or last name for your Canvas profile:

  1. Log on to Workday
  2. Follow the directions in the handout: Workday – Manage your Preferred Name.

Any questions about Workday should be directed to the Workday Help Desk.  When a ticket is entered there, it is routed to the individual who can assist.

Human Resources can also be contact via email at :  HRCalendar@miracosta.edu

Note: If you update your preferred name in the Worday HR system for Canvas it will also update your instructor name on the SURF class schedule.

Please be advised that your permanent HR and payroll record will reflect your legal name unless you legally change your name and notify HR.

Students

The first and last name displayed in your Canvas profile is stored in the preferred name field within the Peoplesoft / SURF registration system. Once your preferred name is updated in Peoplesoft / SURF it will update in Canvas during the next scheduled SURF data transfer.

Please be advised that your permanent record will reflect your legal name unless you legally change your name through the courts and complete MiraCosta College Change of Information form.

Blackboard Ally

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Blackboard Ally is a tool that integrates seamlessly into Canvas and focuses on making digital course content more accessible.

With Blackboard Ally, you can:

  • Gain an understanding of your institution’s accessibility performance
  • Proactively tackle accessibility and target both instructors and content
  • View accessibility trends and detailed graphs to monitor improvement

Faculty Instructions


Ally First Steps Guide for Instructors in Canvas –Blackboard Ally first steps guide to help instructors learn about and improve the accessibility of their files within the context of their Canvas course.

Ally Instructor Feedback: Canvas LMS – Identify and correct accessibility issues with your Canvas course content. Learn about accessibility issues, why they matter, and how to fix them with Ally’s Instructor Feedback.


Instructions for your Students


How to Use Ally as a Student – The following video explains how students convert content into accessible content such as Tagged PDF versions, HTML versions, ePub versions, electronic braille version, and the audio version.

Ally First Steps Guide for Students – Alternative accessible formats from pages in Canvas

Add Labster to your Canvas Course

Labster is an online lab simulation software. Funded by the OEI.

Labster Training

Adding Labster to your Canvas course menu

Once you add Labster Dashboard to your course menu following the directions below, click the Labster Dashboard link to begin lab setup.

1 – Click Settings at the bottom of your course menu

2 – Click the Navigation tab

3- Click the gear icon to the right of Labster Dashboard

4- Select +Enable

5- Click the Save button

Labster Dashboard link now appears in your course menu.

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