The Feature Highlights series shares information about neat and useful things users can do with Canvas features. Please email Courseware Support at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the features discussed in this series.
More Control over Student Access to Canvas Sites
The April 4th Production Release introduced many improvements to Canvas, with the new student access settings being perhaps the most exciting of them all. When enabled, these settings prevent students from accessing a Canvas site before or after the site’s start or end date, respectively.
How to Enable Student Access Settings
The first step to enabling these setting is to make sure start and end dates have been established for a Canvas site. For instructions on establishing start and end dates, please see:
If start and end dates are not added, the student access settings will use the term start and end dates scheduled for Canvas sites at the University of Pennsylvania.
Once an instructor sets start and end dates, or if they decide to stick with the University’s scheduled dates, they can enable student access settings. To do this, enter the Canvas site and click on Settings > Course Details, if you are not already in the “Course Details” tab from setting start and end dates, and then click in the check-boxes for the access settings you want enabled.
The settings will determine when your course displays in your students’ Courses menu.
The student access settings only affect published Canvas sites for the term in which they will be used. If you don’t want students to access a Canvas site after a term starts, you can leave it unpublished, which is the default state for all newly created Canvas sites. For more information on publishing Canvas sites, please see:
Additionally, term restrictions on Canvas sites prevent students from using certain parts of Canvas sites from past semesters. You can learn more about term restrictions here.
The most compelling reason for using the end-date student access setting is to completely cut off student access to Canvas sites from previous semesters.
Please contact Courseware Support at email@example.com if you have any questions about student access restrictions.