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How to set default due dates for assignments
How to set default due dates for assignments

Learn how to automatically set a due date for completing content relative to the date of assignment.

Written by Jonathan Allston
Updated over a week ago


As an admin or content owner, you want to give people a certain amount of time to complete an assignment and automatically create due dates once assigned.


  1. Go to the content item you want to set a default due date for.

  2. Open the context menu (button with three dots) and select Edit.

  3. Go to Completion.

    For tracks, the Completion settings are on the Details & Settings page.

  4. Turn on Time to complete and set the number of days until completion.

  5. Save your changes.

When you assign the content to someone, the due date is automatically set based on the number of days you defined. You can change the due date during the assignment process or you can override the default date after assignment.

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Time to complete v. duration

Time to complete determines the default due date for an assignment while the Duration set for a content item gives an estimate of how long it will take to complete the content.

Due date v. expiration date

Completion settings include a Time to complete (which determines the default due date) and a Time to expiration (which determines how long an assignment is considered valid). Due dates apply to when someone should complete a content assignment and expiration dates are when content can be reassigned. The expiration setting is especially useful for compliance content that needs to be completed every year, for example.

Due dates for individual track steps

You can set a Time to complete for an entire track while still keeping default due dates for individual content items within the track. This gives you a way to organize track content based on when steps should be completed.

The system always honors the earlier due date for a track step. For example, if a track has thirty-day default due date, and an article within the track had a 3-day default due date, both due dates would be honored as configured. On the other hand, if the track had 2-day default due, the article would also be due in 2 days as part of track completion.

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