Canvas: Edit Course Participation Dates

By default, Canvas sites apply the University-set Term dates.  While students can view their course for as long as it's open, they will note be able to submit work (such as Assignments, Quizzes, Canvas Discussions, etc) outside of those dates.

In order to change this, most often to allow students to correct an Incomplete grade, Instructors will need to modify the Course Participation Dates.

1. Navigate to your Canvas course at

2. Click 'Settings' in the left-hand course navigation menu

Screenshot of a Canvas course menu with Settings circled

3. Check that you're on the 'Course Details' tab located at the top of the page

Tabs across the top of the Settings page, Course Details is circled.

4. Locate the 'Participation' Settings 

5. Change 'Term' to 'Course'. This will override the University-set Term dates.

Participation field in Settings with the drop-down menu expanded to show the Term and course options. Course is circled.

6. Use the Start and End Date fields below to adjust the dates as needed.  Note that leaving the End Date blank will allow students to participate indefinitely.

End Date field expanded to show the calendar that displays to set a date.

7. Scroll to the bottom of the page to click 'Update Course Details' to save your changes.

Screenshot of the blue Update Course Details button located at the bottom of the Settings page.


Any students needing to submit work should have the ability to.  Use the contact information below for additional assistance from the Instructional Services team.


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Article ID: 7791
Thu 4/14/22 9:21 AM
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