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How do I set my own start and/or end date(s) on a course?

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It might happen that, as an Instructor, you might want to provide access to a Quercus course beyond the default term settings that Quercus pulls from ROSI. You can do this by setting your own start and end dates for your course. This is used frequently to provide access to courses for deferred exams but there are a number of reasons why you might want to extend access for your students.

This guide provides the steps to set custom start and/or end date(s) on a Quercus course.

Curious about default dates? Review the Quercus Course Lifecycle for more information.

Instructors cannot change the Course Participation settings in courses placed in a read-only state, i.e., one year after the course end date (see Quercus Course Life Cycle). If you need to set custom start and end dates for a Quercus course that ended longer than one year ago, you can reach out to the FASE Education Technology Office to change the course dates via email [email protected] or by submitting a request in the Enterprise Service Center.  

How to change the start and/or end date on a course

Are you extending course dates to support a deferred exam? This is often done to allow the writing of a deferred exam from a Quercus course. Please note that by extending these dates, you are extending them for everyone enrolled in the course. This is not usually an issue, but you will want to create a copied final assessment and we suggest putting deferred in the title. You'll also want to assign specific students to the assessment to avoid confusion. If you have any questions about this process, please contact use at [email protected].

  1. On the course menu on the left side of your display, select on "Settings."
  2. Select on the "Course Details" tab to make this tab your active tab (this is likely the default tab open).

2. Scroll to Participation and change the drop down from "Term" to "Course"

  1. The default setting for a course is "Term" and course participation is limited to term start and end dates.
  2. Change the dropdown from "Term" to "Course." (Note: Course dates override term dates.)

3. Set your new start and/or end date

  1. Enter your preferred start date.
  2. Enter your preferred end date.
3.1. Restrict access to the course

You may choose to prevent access to your course before or after these dates. This setting overrides the default Quercus course lifecycle.

4. Scroll to bottom of setting and select "Update Course Details."

  1. Don't forget to save your changes! Select the "Update Course Details" button at the bottom of the page to preserve your edits.

Once you are finished providing access to your course (including students writing their deferred exam), it's recommended that you close the course again. To clear the extended dates and close the course again, simply set the course participation back to "Term" and select "Update Course Details" to save the changes.

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