Allow Early Course Access To Students

Sunrise over road with treesOfficial courses in Canvas are automatically set to allow students access on the first scheduled day of class at 7am.

However, faculty may adjust dates to allow early access for students, if needed.

IMPORTANT: Note that the Start date must be edited in TWO places.

To adjust the Start date to allow early access to students:

1. Edit the course Start date:

  • go to Settings
  • on the Course Details tab, edit the Start date
  • click Update Course Details

2. Edit the section Start date:

  • click the Sections tab
  • click the section name
      (edit each section if there are more than one)
  • click Edit Section
  • edit the Start date
  • click Update Section
  • click Back to Course Settings
  • click the Course Details tab
  • click Update Course Details

IMPORTANT:  Remember that a course must be Published to be visible to students.

See the Canvas Guide:

How do I change the start and end dates for a course?

How Do I Publish A Course?

5 Responses to “Allow Early Course Access To Students”

  1. Jim Cuneo says:

    this was very helpful and easy to do. I wanted to edit/delete the course summary below my syllabus that had loaded all of my online quizzes, is there a way to do that?

  2. Mike Matiasek says:

    If your course has multiple combined sections and you want to give students early access, then changing the global start date and publishing is not enough. You need to go into the sections area within settings and change the start date of each section. Sneaky…


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