TITANium Resource CenterFrequently Asked Questions Course settingsHow do I set my Topic sections to become visible to students by date?

How do I set my Topic sections to become visible to students by date?

You will learn how to use the Restrict access setting for a Topic section, so that you can have the Topic section open by a specified date and time. For example, if you want your Topic sections to open week-by-week, follow these steps below.

1. Enter your course in TITANium.

course main page

2. Turn editing on.

Click the Turn editing on link within the ADMINISTRATION block or click on the Turn editing on button in the top right-hand column.

Turn editing on link is selected.

3. Scroll down to the Topic section you want to edit.

Week 1 topic section

4. Click on Edit for that Topic section.

Edit link is selected.

5. Select Edit topic.

Edit topic link is selected.

6. Scroll down to the Restrict access section and click to expand it.

Restrict access section

7. Click on Add restriction.

Add restriction button is selected.

8. Click on Date.

The options that appear on this pop-up menu will differ depending upon which settings you have previously configured for your course. For example, the Group option will only appear if you have already created at least one group in your course. Other restrictions which may appear are Grouping and Activity completion.

Date, Grade, User profile and Restriction set are always available.

Each of these options allow you to set a different type of restriction.

Date button is selected.

9. Set the date as desired.

Date setting

10. Choose From or Until.

Use from to decide when the Topic section will become visible to the students.

Use until to decide when the Topic section will close.

Note: Keep in mind that when activities (like assignments, forums, quizzes, etc.) are in a hidden section, they are also hidden from the student in the gradebook.

From is selected.

11. Click on Save changes.

Save changes button is selected.

12. The restriction now displays below the Topic header.

Available from May 30, 2016 is highlighted.

Now, repeat steps 3 through 11 for each Topic section you want to edit.

13. Students will see the Topic header and the date it will become available to view.

For this example, the date of June 13, 2016 has not yet occurred, so Topic section labeled Week 3: June 13 - June 19 shows only the Topic header and the conditions of the restriction.

Week 3 is selected.

14. To hide the Topic section completely, follow these steps.

14.1. Scroll to the Topic you want to hide completely and click on Edit.

Edit link is selected.

14.2. Click on Edit topic.

Edit topic is selected.

14.3. Scroll down to the Restrict access section and expand.

Restrict access section

14.4. Click on the EYE next to the date restriction.

The diagonal line through the EYE indicates that students will not see the conditions of the restriction.

EYE icon is selected.

14.5. Click on Save changes.

Save changes button is selected.

14.6. Now when students view the course main page, Week 3 is not visible at all.

Week 3 does not appear on the course main page.

Article Summary

You have now learned how to use the Restrict access setting for a Topic section, so that you can have the Topic section open by a specified date and time. Keep in mind that you can also use restrict access settings for any type of resource or activity you add to your course main page.