The best of teachers want their students to actually learn the material they are teaching because they want their students to improve their lives, whether personally, professionally, or spiritually. In order to learn the material, the students need to actually participate and complete the course that you as the teacher have thoughtfully created.
Our research at Pathwright shows that students are more likely to not only start but also complete an entire course when they have start and due dates assigned to the course and to the course content. These start and due dates help provide an accountability to the student.
Start dates are helpful if you want a class to start on a set date, release content a week at a time or not allow access to an assessment or project before a certain date.
Due dates are helpful for live webinar events, assessments, or for that major project that you've asked your students to submit. If you set a due date on a step, your students will receive a reminder about that project 3 hours before it is due and another reminder if they are late. Accountability is often the key to completion.
Watch how to create a group or class on a schedule:
Watch how to add start or due dates to a lesson or learning step:
Below is how a course with a start date will look to a student. They will not be able to access the material until the start date for the course:
Here is how a lesson and a learning step with a start date will look to a student: