Question of the Week

Each week we'll use this space to share a question (or more!) that we've received about Quercus and other Academic Toolbox tools.

This week's question is: "How can I bulk update the assignment due dates for the assignments I copied over from last year's course?"

This Week's Faculty Question

Q: I'm using the same assignments I used last year in this term's course. I've already copied over the assignments to my new course shell in Quercus and now I need to make adjustments to the due dates and times. Do I have to do this for each assignment separately or is there a faster way to do this in bulk?

A: Yes, there is a faster way! You can use the Bulk Due Date and Time Editor - it's a very handy tool if you are importing assessments from a previous course and need to update the dues dates, availability dates, and times in your new course.

How to use the Bulk Due Date and Time Editor to update your assignment due dates and times

You first need to access access the bulk due date and time editor in your Quercus course:

Screensho tshowing steps to open the Quercus Assignment bulk date and timeeditor

  1. On the Assignments page, select the Options icon.
  2. Select the Edit Assignment Dates option. 

Then, update the due dates, availability dates , and times of assignments on the Edit Assignment Dates page. To batch edit selected assignments, select the Batch Edit button - this will let you choose to shift dates forward by a number of days or remove due and availability dates. The option you choose will then apply to all selected assignments.

Screenshot of Quercus Edit Assignment Dates page interface with Batch Edit button highlighted

For complete step-by-step instructions (with screenshots), please view the following Canvas Instructor guide:


  • Due times and Available to times default to the course’s default due time unless you manually change them in the bulk editor or in the individual assignment settings.
  • Available from times default to 12:00am on the selected Available from date unless you manually change them in the bulk editor or in the individual assignment settings.

For additional assistance with setting up your Assignments (including due dates and other settings), please contact us at fase.edtech@utoronto.ca or book a consultation.  

Have a Quercus (or EdTech) question? Please contact FASE's EdTech Office.