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What Are Terms in Canvas?
In Canvas, a “term” is the length of time when a site is fully active. Courseware Support collaborates with the Courseware Advisory to determine a term’s duration.
When a course must start considerably earlier than a term should begin, that course can be placed in the “Penn Term,” which doesn’t have date restrictions, upon an instructor’s request.
Courses that run a full academic year can be placed in the “Academic Year” term upon an instructor’s request.
Canvas sites are fully available to all enrolled users (faculty, TAs, students, etc.) for the duration of a site’s associated term.
Teachers, TAs, and Designers are typically granted full access several months before the start of a term
Students are granted access a few weeks before the start of a term
What’s a “Concluded” Canvas Site?
A Canvas site “concludes” once a term ends.
Concluded sites are in a read-only state, which means all enrolled users, including instructors, can access content in the site but cannot perform actions (e.g., students can’t submit assignments in concluded sites).
Upon an instructor’s request, we can place a concluded site in the “Penn Term”to temporarily activate it when necessary.
Example “Penn Term” Scenario: A student with an “Incomplete” grade needs to submit work, so an instructor writes to Courseware Support (email@example.com) and requests to have a site reactivated temporarily, which is done by placing it in the “Penn Term” in Canvas.
Important: Sites should only be in the “Penn Term” for as long as need due to certain potential risks of leaving it active (e.g., a student who shouldn’t be able to perform actions does [e.g., submits an assignment]).
Concluded sites appear in the “Past Enrollments” list (Courses > All Courses). Concluded sites cannot be favorited (“starred”), which means they can’t be added as course cards to the User Dashboard.
Current & Upcoming Terms
|Academic Year 2020-2021|
|Term runs||August 18, 2020-May 17, 2021|
|Students can access from||August 1, 2019-May 17, 2021|
|Teachers can access from||Whenever-May 31, 2021|
|TAs can access from||Whenever-May 31, 2021|
|Designers can access from||Whenever-May 31, 2021|
|2020B (Summer 2020)|
|Term runs||May 1, 2020-August 31, 2020|
|Students can access from||May 1, 2020-August 31, 2020|
|Teachers can access from||Whenever-September 30, 2020|
|TAs can access from||Whenever-September 30, 2020|
|Designers can access from||Whenever-September 30, 2020|
|2020C (Fall 2020)|
|Term runs||August 18, 2020- January 5, 2021|
|Students can access from||August 1, 2020-January 5, 2021|
|Teachers can access from||Whenever-February 28, 2021|
|TAs can access from||Whenever-February 28, 2021|
|Designers can access from||Whenever-February 28, 2021|