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Brightspace Dates FAQs

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


Collaborative instructors need to be aware of the following terms:

  1. Due Date, which refers to the deadline for submitting a content item.
  2. Availability Dates, which are the start and/or end dates that determine when a content item is accessible and viewable to students.
  3. Content Item, which encompasses any element that appears in the Lessons menu, such as a unit, folder, lesson, assignment, quiz, or discussion.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can students submit work after the due date has passed?

A: Yes, the due date does not prohibit students from submitting their work late.

Q: How do instructors know when an assignment is submitted late?

A: The assignment detail page for the student will display information about the submission of their assignment, including the fact that it was submitted late and the number of days it was overdue. Conversely, the Quick Eval page does not indicate whether an assignment was submitted late, and this information is only available on the assignment detail page.
Quiz View
The Quiz view is shown with the Timing section showing time spent, time limit and submitted late days.
Assignment View
The assignment submission information is displayed showing days late.

Q: If a student completes a quiz after the due date, will it come to Quick Eval?

A: When a quiz has teacher-graded items, it will be included in the Quick Eval feature, even after the due date has passed. Conversely, if a quiz is auto-graded, it will not appear in Quick Eval after the due date. However, if you want to change this setting and include the quiz in Quick Eval, you can modify it on the quiz Edit page by deselecting the Automatic Grade option located on the Assessment tab.
The assessment tab is selected and the automatic grade section is shown. A checkbox is shown for the option to allow attempts to be set as graded immediately upon completion. 

Q: Why can’t I set a due date for a Discussion Board Assignment?

A: Regrettably, Brightspace solely permits the establishment of Availability Dates for Discussion Board Assignments. Nevertheless, you have the option to create a calendar event for a Discussion Board Assignment by specifying its due date. This event will be exhibited on the Calendar widget located on the Class Homepage, provided that the Calendar feature is activated in your course, thus enabling students to view it.

Q: What happens when a student tries to access a content item outside of the Dates of Availability that have been set?

A: The following rules apply to lessons, folders, units, assignments, and quizzes: Once a start date has been established, the content item will not be exhibited in the Lessons menu until that date. Conversely, once an end date has elapsed, the content item will no longer be visible to students in the Lessons menu.
However, with Discussion Board Assignments, you have the flexibility to choose what happens before the start date and after the end date. These options are accessible on the Edit Topic page for the Discussion.
The Availability section is shown with the Has End Date and Has Start Date enabled. Both are visible with access restricted after end/start. 

Q: Where do due dates appear?

A: The due dates are indicated on the Lessons page, the Calendar widget located on the Class Homepage (if it is enabled), and on the respective assignment, quiz, or discussion page.

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