What does a start date mean? | Coursera Community

What does a start date mean?

  • 21 November 2020
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I’m new here so perhaps the answer is obvious and I just don’t understand how Coursera works :/


The Divide and Conquer, Sorting and Searching, and Randomized Algorithms specialization is slated to start 11/30 (30th November). However, it seems I can start the course whenever I want.


What is the purpose of stating a start date if the course can be started at any time?


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HI @athesis You are right,most courses are offered on demand and may be started at any time. However, when one lists a specific start date, it is probably offered in discrete sessions still. You should be able to enroll and may be able to view the first weeks lesson, but I am guessing that the rest of the course will remain locked until the given start date.


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You are right, weeks 2+ are locked. I assumed this was to prevent learners from skipping weeks. I did not realise this was related to the start date.



Yeah. Why this occurs, usually, is that is is a class with a low number of enrollees at any given time, so to help ensure that there are enough learners around to review each other’s peer assignments, for example, the do discrete sessions several times a year. I used to mentor a couple like that. I am afraid that there is nothing you can do but wait till the session opens.


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More than OK with me. It makes sense and I was hoping it wouldn’t just be up be a free for all :). I much prefer the idea of starting with others and progressing together.