Due Dates and Cut-off Dates for Discussion Forums

Set due dates for the course calendar and lock forums to prevent students from making new posts on Moodle forums. Tags

Last Updated: July 24th, 2023

Setting Calendar Due Dates for Discussion Forums 

Setting a due date on a forum will be added to the course calendar, this is a soft due date.

  1. When viewing the forum page click Settings.Forum page with settings highlighted
  2. Under the Availability drop-down section set the Due Date to enabled and put in your desired due date to be placed on the course calendar.Image of Availability drop down section with the due date highlighted.

Note! This will not stop discussions. See Locking discussion forums below to learn how to set a hard due date.

Options for Locking Discussion Forums

Set a cut-off date

Use the cut-off date in the forum settings to set a hard due date where students will be unable to post or reply to the discussion after the date chosen.

  1. When viewing the forum page click Settings at the top of the page.
  2. Under the Availability drop-down section set the Cut-off Date to enabled and put in your desired closing date.Image of Availability drop down section with the cut-off date highlighted.

Note! This is not a feature on Open forum icon Open Forums, only on Forum iconForums.

Lock the discussion thread

In the instance of Q and A forums, you can also lock each individual discussion thread to stop replies. 

  1. Go to the forum page on which you want to lock a discussion thread on.
  2. Click the three dots on the right side across from the discussion you are locking.Image of the forum page with the three dots highlighted in the bottom right.
  3. Click Lock Discussion in the menu that appears.Image of the options under the three dots including star this discussion, pin this discussion, and lock this discussion.  Lock this discussion is highlighted.



This will not prevent new discussion posts from being made in the case of forum types: standard forum for general use, Standard forum displayed in a blog-like format and Each person posts one discussion (if a student has not made their initial post yet).

Set the forum to read-only in the permissions

To prevent further student contributions to a Forum, you need to change the permissions for the activity to make it read-only. Note: unlike ‘Restrict access’ settings, this method of closing a forum allows students to read posts made before the deadline.

  1. On your course page, click the link to the Forum. The forum page will open.
  2. Click on More and select Permissions. The Permissions in forum... screen will open.
  3. Forum page with more and permissions highlighted.
  4. From the Advanced role override drop down menu, select Student.
  5. Image of Advanced role override with the student option highlighted.
  6. Under the heading Activity: Forum, click Prevent for the following items: Reply to posts and Start new discussions.
  7. activity forum settings with reply to posts and start new discussions highlighted. The prevent radio button is selected and highlighted.
  8. Do not change any other permissions.
  9. Scroll to the bottom of the list of permissions and save changes.


When you finish the steps below, students will immediately lose their ability to post, but will still be able to read what has been posted on the forum. 

In other words, make the change to permissions on the day you want the forum to be 'closed'. Don't forget to disable/delete the Restrict access date setting you initially setup.

ATC Support & Hours of Operation

Weekday Support, Monday - Friday

The ATC is open to in-person assistance. Support is available through the above remote options and on campus at CEN 208

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