edX courses are either self-paced or instructor-paced. Your experience with due dates and their flexibility will differ depending on the course's pacing type.
- Instructor-paced due dates
- Self-paced due dates
- How do I know if my course is self-paced or instructor-paced?
- Where do I find my due dates?
Instructor-paced courses have a fixed schedule. Course materials may be published periodically, and there may be fixed due dates. After an assignment's due date passes, you may no longer be able to complete the assignment. If you join the course late, you cannot make up any due dates you missed, but you may still be able to earn a passing score. Check your course's syllabus, calendar, or welcome module for information about the course schedule and grading policy.
Self-paced courses may feature suggested due dates. These due dates are personalized suggestions based on the date you first enrolled to help you plan and pace your studies. You can submit assignments or exams any time up until the final end date of the course. The final end date is fixed and not shiftable or flexible.
Note: the suggested schedule does not apply to the final course end date or open response assessments such as peer-reviewed essay assignments. These due dates are fixed by your instructor and they can't be shifted or extended.
Shift your due dates up until the end date in self-paced courses
If you find an assignment you have not completed is Past Due, or there is a message that you have missed a suggested deadline, you can shift your due dates. You can shift your due dates using the Shift due dates button available on the course homepage or on the Dates tab.
If you're enrolled in the free audit track, you may be required to upgrade to shift your due dates. You can read more about the differences between audit and verified in our Help Center.
For most assignments, you can also shift the suggested schedule right on the assignment page using a Shift due dates button.
There will also be a link to Shift due dates next to the Submit button on the assignment page.
Shifting your due dates will not affect any of the progress you have made in the course so far. You will not see this button until you have missed a suggested due date. It's not possible to shift a suggested due date before it has passed.
It is not possible to shift the final end date or the due date on any open response assessments.
Where do I find my due dates?
On the course homepage, you can find the end date under Important Dates labelled Course ends.
The Dates tab will list all assignment due dates and the end date.
Where's the course homepage?
To navigate to the course homepage from your dashboard, click the title of the course.
To navigate to the course homepage from any page within the course, click the Course tab in the course's navigation menu.
Where's the Dates tab?
To navigate to the dates tab, from any page within the course, click the Dates tab in the course's navigation menu.
The due dates for all assignments and the course's end date will be listed on the Dates page in chronological order.
Understanding Dates in a self-paced course
In a self-paced course, all due dates except the final end date and open response assessments are flexible up until the end date. You can read in detail about how self-paced courses and the suggested schedule works here.
The end date is indicated with Course ends. Open response assessments are indicated with a tool tip message: "Open Response Assessment due dates are set by your instructor and can't be shifted."
Understanding Dates in an instructor-paced course
In instructor-paced courses, all due dates are fixed and can't be extended. If an assignment hasn't been released yet, the Dates page indicates this with 'Not yet released.' The Dates page also lists the date certificates will be awarded (Certificates Available) to learners who earned a passing score, after the course end date.