Apologies if this functionality already exists. If there is a flag or setting under the hood, please add a note in comments with the details for an institution interested in this feature and we'll close this ticket!
We have received requests of allowing a list of all assignments (whether open or not) to help students plan their course work. While many professors may also list these items in separate documents, like the syllabus, the goal would be to leverage the existing tool to provide a full listing of assignments and dates for students – at the choice/discretion of the professor.
We certainly see the one side of not overwhelming students by a long list of assignments (and rolling out in stages with the open date). At the same time, there are some professors or course offerings (such as self-paced offerings) where a full disclosure model can be very valuable to students.
Add a checkbox when adding an assignment to enable a professor to display the title, open date, and due date BEFORE the open date. This way, students can see the entire list of assignments required in a course, listed chronologically. The assignments that are not "open" yet will not have links (they can't view details or submit content). The listing will provide the big picture of all assignment work ahead of them. Assignments with open dates would work as normal.
Thank you for considering this feature request.