Information such as your course start date and duration, as well as other important dates for the course, are available in several places.
For information about how to start a course, see How do I start my course?
The Course About Page
If you search for a course in the course catalog then click the course thumbnail, you will view the course About page.
If the course has already started and will re-run in a new session, the Enroll Now button will show the date the current course session started. You can click more dates to select to enroll in an upcoming, future session instead. However you can still enroll into a course that has already started.
If the course is current and there are no new sessions announced yet, the Enroll Now button will show today's date as the start date to encourage you to enroll today.
Before you enroll in a course, the course length is visible on the course About page on the right hand side details next to Length. If you enroll in the free audit track, you will have access to the course for that length in weeks. You can read more about the verified vs audit enrollment tracks here.
After you enroll in a course, the course start date is visible on your dashboard under the course name. Some courses also include a start time.
Depending on your time zone, the course may start a little later than you expect. If your course is not available the first time you try to access the course, try again later on that day.
The Course Homepage
When you select View Course or Resume Course from the dashboard, you will view your course homepage. You can view upcoming deadlines and the final course end date on the right hand side details under Upcoming Dates. The course end date will be labelled Course End.