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Offset Dates

The Offset Dates function allows you to offset some or all of the Start and/or End dates in your D2L course site by a specified number of days. This is especially helpful if you are want to reuse your Fall course material in the Spring semester, as you can choose to offset all start and/or end dates by the number of days between when the first assignment is due in the Fall and when the same assignment is due in the Spring.

Example: The first assignment for the Fall semester has a Start Date of Wednesday, August 27th, 2014. The same assignment in the Spring semester has a Start Date of Wednesday, January 14th, 2014. The difference between these two dates is 140 days. Setting all assignments and materials to move their Start and End Dates forward 140 days would mean that every Start and End date would maintain the equivalent placement throughout the Spring semester, since they both started on a Wednesday.


To offset dates for one or more item do the following:

 

 

 

 

 

1. Check the box next to each item and/or activity containing a date you would like to offset

 

2. Click the Offset Dates button


You will be taken to an Offset Dates prompt. Continue as directed below, depending on the option that works best for you.

Offset Dates Bulk Offset - Forward or backwards by specified number of days

 

 

3. Offset: Choose whether to offset the Start Date, the End Date, or Both Start and End Date

 

4. Days: Choose whether to move the dates Forward or Backward by specified number of days, or alternately, select Calculated based on two dates to have D2L calculate the number of days you would like to move the assignment date forward or backward based on two specified dates.


If you have chosen either Forward or Backward in step 4 above, continue to the Offset Dates by a Specified Number of Days section below.

If you have chosen Calculated based on two dates in step 4 above, continue to the Offset Dates Calculated based on two Dates section below.



Offset Dates By a Specified Number of Days

Offset Dates Bulk Offset - Forward or backwards by specified number of days

 

 

5. Enter the number of days you would like to move the date forward or backward (depending on your selection in step 4) in the field indicated in the screenshot at right.

 

 

 

6. Click the Save button


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Offset Dates Calculated Based on Two Dates

Offset Dates Bulk Offset - Calculated by two specified dates

 

 

5. In the From field specify the date you would like to use as the starting point to calculate the number of days to move the date forward or backward

 

6. In the To field specify the date you would like to use as the end point to calculate the number of days to move the date forward or backward

 

7. Click the Calculate button to get the number of days to move the date forward or backward

 

8. Click the Save button


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