At the end of each Academic Year, courses in Canvas will become read-only. The below table outlines the dates courses are placed in a read-only state by default:

Academic Year Default Term Dates in Canvas
Start Date End Date
AY 2019/2020


(QSIS ref: 2191)

1 Sep 2019 30 Sep 2020

AY 2020/2021


(QSIS ref: 2201)

1 Sep 2020 30 Sep 2021

2019 Nursing Intake


(QSIS ref: 2195)

1 Feb 2020 2 Mar 2021

2020 Nursing Intake


(QSIS ref: 2205)

1 Feb 2021 2 Mar 2022

Read-only means that a course is not available for submitting assignments, posting discussions, uploading files, grading, or any other action-based task within a course.

Before the term end date above is reached, staff with the relevant access can choose to override these dates and keep courses open for longer if they are required to complete the below actions after the dates listed above:

  • Mark/grade assignments or make amendments to these
  • Add/amend course activities and settings
  • Display the module in the current enrollments area in the dashboard
  • Allow students to continue to participate in the course

Please see the following Instructure Guide for further information on how to change the start and end dates in a course:

Note: Content imported into Canvas commons from live academic modules will no longer be editable once the module has been concluded. We recommend using the Module Development Area to import content to Commons and build and amend the module content for AY 2020/21.

Staff are advised not to select the ‘End this Course’ option in Canvas as this will remove all enrollments within the course and cannot be reversed.

If you have accidentally selected this option, please contact Canvas Tier 1 support immediately, using the help menu on the navigation bar in Canvas.