This section describes how to start a course and begin doing course work, and how to change settings that apply to a specific course.
As soon as you enroll in a course, you can access some information about the course and change course-specific settings on your dashboard. If the course start date has not passed, you cannot access course lessons or assignments.
For more information, see When is a Course Available? and Differences Between Instructor- and Self-Paced Courses.
You can usually enroll in a course before the start date, although you cannot access course materials and complete assignments.
You can find a course’s start date on its About page. Not all courses publish the exact start time.
If you have enrolled in a course, the course is added to the list of courses on your dashboard. You can find the start date on the course listing on your dashboard.
For more information about different course statuses, see When is a Course Available?
To start work in a course that is in progress, follow these steps.
You can enroll or continue to work in some courses even after the course end date. These courses are archived, which means that while you can access the course content, you cannot submit answers for graded problems or participate in course discussions.
To view the content of an archived course, follow these steps.
To view your current grade in a course that has not yet ended, see Checking Your Progress in a Course.
To view your final grade in a course that you have completed, follow these steps.
You can also view the course and open its Progress page to view your final grade, as well as your grades on all course assignments.
If you are enrolled in a certificate track for your course, updates on the status of your certificate, and options for accessing earned certificates, are available in the course card on your dashboard.
For example, if you have earned a certificate and the course team has generated certificates for the course, you can use the View Certificate option to access your web certificate.
For information about how to access certificates, including how to view, print, and share certificates, see Receiving edX Certificates.