As soon as you enroll in a course, you can access some information about the course. However, 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 enroll in a course before the start date. You cannot access course materials before the start date.
If you want to start the course as soon as possible, you can find the start date for a course, and then set a calendar reminder for that date. Some courses also publish a start time.
The course start date is available in several locations.
The course card on edx.org. The course start date is located at the bottom of the card.
The course About page. The course start date is located above the Enroll Now option.
The course on your dashboard. The course start date is located below the course title.
For more information about different course statuses, see When is a Course Available?
After the course start date has passed, you can access course content.
When you start a course, you do not need to sign in exactly when the course begins.
To start a course, locate the course on your dashboard, and then select View Course.
The course opens to the Course page. On this page, below any messages from the course team, the course outline is visible. Above the outline is a Start Course option.
When you resume work in a course, you can return to the unit that you completed most recently in all of your courses, or in a specific course.
A unit is complete when you have completed all of the following actions.
When you complete a part of a course, a green check mark is visible on the course outline. For more information, see Progress Indicators.
To return to the unit you completed most recently in all of your courses, select the arrow next to your username on any page, and then select Resume your last course.
The course that you were most recently working in opens to the unit that you most recently completed.
To return to the unit you completed most recently in a specific course, you have the following options.
When you select Resume Course, the course opens to the unit that you most recently completed.