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Brightspace CI: Set Assignment Due Dates in Bulk

Intended Audience: Collaborative Instructors
This article pertains to courses taught by local teachers as part of a collaborative partnership


Brightspace's Manage Dates tool allows instructors to efficiently update due dates and availability dates for their course content in a bulk manner. To set assignment due dates that will be visible to students on their Lessons page and course calendar (if enabled), follow the steps outlined below.


  1. First, open the Brightspace course and then tap the Course Admin tab from the top navigation bar.
  2. Next, tap Manage Dates.
  3. Optional: To filter content shown tap Specific Tools, select the content you’d like to see and then tap Apply Filter.
    • If you would like to set due dates only for graded work, then you could select Assignments and Quizzes
    • To search for content related to a specific lesson, you can use the Advanced Filter Options and enter the lesson number as the name.
    • Note that Discussion Assignments do not allow you to set due dates from the Manage Dates page, but you can add it to the Calendar by creating an event from the Calendar page, if enabled.
  4. Next, select the checkbox of the items for which you want to bulk edit dates.
  5. Then select Bulk Edit Dates.
  6. In the Bulk Edit Dates dialog box, update the due dates and then tap the Save button. 
  7. The due dates will be visible to students on the following pages:
    • Calendar Widget and Page (if enabled)
    • Lessons Page
    • Brightspace Pulse App
  8. The due dates will be visible to the teacher from the following pages:
    • Calendar Widget and Page (if enabled)
    • Lessons Page
    • Quizzes
    • Assignments
    • Manage Dates

Additional Information

Students can submit their assignments after the due date, as the due date itself does not prevent late submissions. When an assignment is submitted late, the assignment detail page will show that the assignment was submitted after the due date, along with how many days it was overdue. However, it's important to note that the Gradebook does not indicate lateness; this information is only visible on the assignment detail page.

For quizzes that include teacher-graded items, they will appear in the Gradebook even if completed after the due date. If a quiz is auto-graded, it generally will not appear in Gradebook past the due date unless the settings are adjusted on the quiz’s Edit page under the Assessment tab by deselecting the Automatic Grade option.

Currently, Brightspace does not allow setting due dates specifically for Discussion Board Assignments. Instead, it only allows for Availability Dates to be set. To remind students of due dates for these assignments, instructors can create a calendar event that will show up in the Calendar widget on the Class Homepage, assuming this feature is enabled.

Regarding content accessibility, any lessons, folders, units, assignments, or quizzes will not be visible in the Lessons menu until their start date and will disappear after their end date. In the case of Discussion Board Assignments, instructors have the option to control visibility before the start date and after the end date through settings on the Edit Topic page.

Finally, due dates are displayed prominently on the Lessons page, on the Calendar widget of the Class Homepage (if activated), and on the specific pages for each assignment, quiz, or discussion.

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