Bb Mailbag: Batch Edit Items – Visibility, Deletion, and Release Dates


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Q: I didn’t realize that the default is that all items are not visible to students.  Is there a way to change the visibility of all of the items at one time?

A:  Yes, this is one of the new and improved features that faculty have been asking for!  With the batch edit function, you’ll be able to change the visibility of items, edit the dates that the items are available, and bulk delete items.  

When editing dates there is also an option that will let you shift dates by a certain number of days.  This is particularly useful when you’ve copied over content from another course and want to change all of the date restriction conditions at once.  To calculate the number of days between the two dates of the current course from the previous semester you can use this duration calculator.

To access the batch edit function, click on the three dots at the top of the column on the right side of the course content page and select batch edit:

Batch edit button (three dots at top of column)

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