Canvas End of the Semester options for InstructorsEnd of the Semester options for Instructors

End of the Semester options for Instructors

Instructors have 3 options at the end of the semester regarding their Canvas course site.

1- Take no action
2- Allow students “Read-Only” access to the course site
3- Prevent students from viewing or accessing the course site

Below are details and directions for each option

Option 1 - Take no action

By default, students continue to have access to any Canvas course site on which they have an account after the semester term ends. If the instructor takes no action, students will continue to:

  • Access the site via their Dashboard class card
  • View all published content
  • Participate in published Assignments, Discussions and Quizzes (if still open)
  • View grades and feedback

Option 2 - Allow students “Read-Only” access to the course site

-Go to Settings and click the Course Details tab.

-In the “End” box enter a date/time for when you want the students to have read-only access to the site and checkmark “Users can only participate in the course between these dates”

-Click “Update Course Details”

With these settings students can:

  • Access the site via their Courses / All Courses page
  • View all published content
  • View grades and feedback

Students can view published Assignments, Discussions and Quizzes, but cannot submit or participate in these activities.

Option 3- Prevent students from viewing or accessing the course site

-Go to Settings and click the Course Details tab.

-In the “End” box enter a date/time for when you want the students to no longer have access to the site and checkmark “Users can only participate in the course between these dates”

-Checkmark “Restrict students from viewing course after end date” (checkbox located farther down the settings page)

-Click “Update Course Details”

With these settings students cannot access or view the course site.

If you want to limit or turn off access to your course site but you have one or two students who need to submit late work or access site resources, see Setting course site access for individual students.