How do I make changes in a finalized course?

If you've finalized a course or individual students within a course, and later need to make changes to one or the other, you need to first unfinalize the course and/or student. Here's how to do that...

1. Make sure the student is finalized

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It never hurts to check. To see if the student is finalized, go to the Course Roster and look in the Status column. If the student has a lock next to his status, then he is finalized. In the example above, Gina has no finalization lock, and is therefore still able to actively participate in course activities. Christian, on the other hand, does have the lock, and so you cannot make any changes to him (save for incomplete grade-entry and retake settings).

2. Go to course > Info > Manage finalization

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On the Course Info tab, you'll have two options for getting to the finalization screen.

  • If the course has not been finalized, the link will say Finalize course—even if some students have been finalized
  • If the course and all students have been finalized, the link will say Manage finalization

3. Select the students you wish to unfinalize


  1. Un-check the boxes next to the students you wish to unfinalize.
  2. You can also Uncheck all students. Note that when you do this, it also un-checks Finalize course and all students.
  3. Students who remain checked will remain finalized.
  4. When you're ready, click Submit at the bottom of the page.

4. Make your changes

After unfinalizing a student...

  • You can update any of their course information—enrollment status, assignment grades, attendance, and so on.
  • Course faculty can also make changes to the student's interaction with the course (add grades, update attendance, etc.)—as well as the course itself (course content, lessons, assignments, etc.).
  • If the student has an active Populi user account, he can also interact with the course as normal—take tests, upload assignments, participate in discussions, etc.

5. Make sure to re-finalize!

When you're done, either you or the course faculty can finalize the course and student(s).

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