Manage Dates - D2L Brightspace Tool Of The Month (June 2018)

For some, it is time to update courses for Fall, and while you may be familiar with the Import tool in D2L Brightspace, there is another handy tool to cut down the work of leveraging your previous course session.

When courses are imported the dates and times for Due, start and end for all items come too. There is an easy way to offset more of these dates and reduce the amount of updating you need to do for these fields. Found under Edit Course > Manage Dates. Manage dates allows you to offset the dates of most things in Brighspace.

The May 2018 D2L 10.8.1 update brought added functionality for managing dates via the Offset Dates tool in the Calendar.  Specific changes include:

  • Offset other activity dates – In addition to offsetting start, end, and due dates, instructors have the option to offset other dates associated with activities. Affected dates are: discussion topic and forum locking dates, quiz submission view dates, quiz report dates, and survey report dates.

  • Manual calendar events – Instructors can edit the start and end dates of events that were manually created and not tied to existing activities or content topics. As a result, instructors can manage all course dates from a single location.

  • Improved sorting of items to follow tool sort order – Manage Dates display activities in the order in which an instructor would see them in their respective tools.

  • Display of course start and end date – The course start date and end date appears at the top of the Manage Dates page and acts as a reference for instructors when operating on the dates of the various activities. If instructors have the Manage Courses > Change Start and End Dates permission, they can launch a dialog box and then edit the dates.

  • The Tool column on the Manage Dates page has been removed – You can use the Type column to sort the Manage Dates page based on the tool-specific order.

  • New links to the Manage Dates page – The new Review and Manage Dates button appears at the end of copy course components, course import, and course import advanced.


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