What is a Term?

The basic function of a term is to give a default set of start and end dates to any course assigned to that term. Terms can be added manually or created through SIS imports.


Default Terms


Once you have set dates for the entire term, the default settings for Curve user roles are:

  • Students inherit the term start and term end date.
  • Teachers, TAs, and Designers dates inherit a wheneverstart date to the term end date. Whenever means that these user roles can always access a course before the term begins.


Retaining the default term settings is preferred by the majority of Curve institutions, as they allow Teachers, TAs, and Designers to ensure course content will be ready by the course start date.


Term Access

Once a user is added to a course, terms set default dates for when users have access to courses assigned to that term. Access relates to unpublished courses.

If a course is unpublished, students cannot have access to any course content until the start date of the term. However, not all courses conform to the term dates, as course start dates may override the term dates. Course overrides may be before or after the start of the term.

If a course is published, students are able to view content before the start of the term or course date. However, they cannot fully participate in the course, such as submitting an assignment or contributing to a discussion topic. On the start date, students can fully participate in the course.

Some institutions may choose to publish their courses on the same day as the term start date so that prior access to course content is not an issue. You can also restrict students from being able to view a course after it has ended.


Custom Role Dates

If necessary, you can set specific access dates for each user role. Note that a change to the Teachers, TAs, and Designers start dates affects their ability to access unpublished courses in the term.

For example, if you want teachers to only be able to access unpublished courses two months before the term start date, and TAs only one week before the term start date, you can set a new start date for each of their respective roles. Date changes to a base role affect all users with the role, including custom roles.

Note: SIS imports cannot specify dates for each user group. Those dates must be changed manually.

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