Permitting Student to Participate in Canvas Course After Term is Completed




After the term end date, teachers, TAs, and Designers maintain full access to the course, however students will not be able to participate (have read-only access) in the course.

How can instructors permit students to participate in the course after the term has ended?


  1. (optional) Add end dates to sections to prevent the majority of students from having participation access to the course (maintain read-only access). If end dates are not placed on sections then steps 2-5 below provides participation access to the course for all students.
    1. Edit all sections by navigating to the course > Settings > Sections tab
    2. Select a section and click the Edit Section button
    3. Add a past Ends date
    4. Check the box "Students can only participate in the course between these dates"
    5. Click the Update Section button
    6. Repeat for each section
    7. On the Sections tab, create a new section by entering a section name in the Add a New Section box
    8. Edit the section and add a future Ends date (this will be the date when student(s) will no longer have participation access)
    9. Check the box "Students can only participate in the course between these dates"
    10. Click the Update Section button
    11. Navigate to the People tool and select the three dots next to the student(s) who will have participation access
    12. Select Edit Sections
    13. Enter the name of the new section and select it from the list, then delete the original section, and click the Update button
    14. Repeat for each student
  2. Click Settings in the left navigation menu.
  3. On the Course Details tab change the Participation dropdown to Course.
  4. Add a Start and End date using the calendar.
  5. Scroll to the bottom and click Update Course Details.

Note: If the student(s) will be accessing a quiz or assignment, that quiz or assignment must still be available. For example, on an assignment with a past due date, edit the assignment and create a new Assign to block and add the student(s) with a future due date.

Additional Information

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Mon 1/31/22 2:52 PM
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