D2L - Manage Dates

Last Updated: 01/10/2018
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The Manage Dates tool enables you to view, edit and offset the date availability, and set the Calendar status of all Content topics and modules, Discussion topics and forums, Dropbox folders, Grades categories and items, News items, and quizzes in your course from one central location.

These course objects display in a grid that you can sort by any of the column headings. You can also filter the grid by specific tool and use advanced filter options to work with smaller sets of objects. If you filter your course objects, any bulk changes you make apply only to the filtered results. This enables you to update multiple availability dates based on specific criteria.

In addition to managing dates, you can open each course object in a new window by clicking on its name. This launches the object's edit page where you can edit additional properties for that object without leaving the Manage Dates tool.

Step 1

To access Manage Dates in D2L:

  • Click Edit Course on your course navbar, then click Manage Dates.

Step 2


Advanced Filter Options


Basic filter options in Manage Dates enable you to narrow your results based on tool. Advanced filter options enable you to further narrow your results by a course object's name, dates, duration, and Calendar status.


*Click Show Advanced Filter Options to access these additional filter options.


Step 3

Enter a keyword and use the drop-down list to specify how the system should compare your keyword with existing object names in your course. 

Step 4

Next, choose blank from the drop-down list to return course objects that don't have a start date

Step 5

Choose blank from the drop-down list to return course objects that don't have an end date

Step 6

Now go to the Duration drop-down list to specify how the system should compare the number you enter with existing durations within your course.

Note: Choose blank from the list to return course objects that do not have a specific amount of days they are available to users. Objects with unspecified durations include those containing only a start date or only an end date.

In the Calendar Status drop-down list, specify whether filter results return objects that are displayed in Calendar or not displayed in Calendar. 

Step 7

Editing Dates

You can edit dates for individual course objects or multiple objects. While editing dates, you can also display course object availability in the Calendar tool. 

To edit an individual course object, select the object that you would like edit, then click Edit Dates.

Step 8

Next, set or clear the start and end date. Then choose whether the object displays in the Calendar tool.

Click Save

Step 9

To edit multiple course objects, select the check boxes beside the objects you want to edit dates for and click Edit Dates from the top of the grid. 


Step 10

Next, set or remove the start and end dates. Then choose whether to add the objects the Calendar tool.

Click Save

Step 11

To remove an object's start or end date, click the red X.

Step 12

Offsetting Dates

Manage Dates enables you to move start dates and end dates forward or backward by a specified number of days. You can use this to move course content forward to a new term. 

To offset dates, you have two options:

  • In the context menu for the object you want to edit dates for, click Offset Dates.


  • Select the check boxes beside the objects you want to offset dates for and click Offset Dates from the top of the grid. 

Step 13

Next, specify which dates you want to offset. 

Step 14

To specify whether you want to offset the dates forward or backward, use the Days drop-down list and enter the number of days you want to offset those days by. 


Choose Calculated based on two dates to quickly generate the number of days between two relative dates. 

Click Save.