Learners' Help Book

How to Track Due Dates

As you navigate through your courses, you'll notice that different activities display due dates in different ways. Below you'll find descriptions of the main ways you'll see these dates/times displayed.

Important Note

Due dates with a time listed: All due dates which include a time refer to your time zone.  Make sure you set your time zone in your profile so that due dates/times get updated to your correct time zone. For example, an assignment is due on Wednesday, December 30th at 8:55 PM for someone in the Pacific (Los Angeles, USA) Time Zone. It was originally due at 11:55 PM Eastern Time, but the site automatically adjusts the time to reflect this specific user's time zone.

Due dates without a time listed: In these cases, complete by the end of the day refers to the end of that day in the Eastern (New York, USA) Time Zone. You will need to mentally adjust due dates found in headings or in activity instructions if you are not in the Eastern Time Zone. For example, if you are in London, and you are to "complete your initial post by Friday," then you need to submit your work by Saturday at 4:59 AM, rather than by Friday at 11:59 PM.

In Headings

In some activities you will see the due date listed in the activity heading. In this case, your activity is due on the day listed during that current week.

Discussion Forum

In this example, your first post in a Course Orientation discussion forum is due at the end of the day on Thursday, Eastern Time.

In My Completion Tracking

If applicable, assignments will also list the specific date and time they are due in the My Completion Tracking box at the bottom of the assignment page.

Based on the time zone set by the user in their Profile, the site will automatically adjust the due dates to reflect the specific user's time zone. For example, an assignment originally due at 11:55 PM on Wednesday, December 30th Eastern Time will show up for someone in the Pacific (Los Angeles, USA) Time Zone as being due at 8:55 PM instead. 

In Activity Instructions

Some activities will list the due date in the activity instructions. This will be common for forums, quizzes, and lessons.

In this example, your initial reply is due on at the end of the day of Wednesday of Week 1 in Eastern time.