Generally, courses consist of about 6-10 chapters, and because typically a chapter is released each week, a course can be 6 to 14 weeks long. You will be able to see all chapters at once, however only those with the grey arrow have been activated (i.e. you can access the chapter content). You can find all the information on the start date and duration of the course on the respective course description page.
While a course runs, course material will be released on a weekly cycle, so every week a new chapter will be available. Past weeks’ chapters will remain accessible for you to re-watch. After a course closes, you can still access it up to 6 months after the course end.
You can find all the information on the course workload on the course description page too. The workload strongly depends on the course, as well as on how deeply you decide to go into the material. Some require 2-3 hours per week, others between 5 and 8 hours per week. Please keep in mind that the workload is just a theoretical guideline. For that reason, it is normal if your workload differs from the indicated one.
Self Paced Courses
If your course is a self-paced course, you can work and study in your own pace and rhythm. The amount of the chapters is normally about 5-10 chapters, but you have one year to finish them since the course will be open one year. So you can decide, if you want to have an intense study experience or if you go through the units little by little.
Please keep in mind, that the exams have a determined audit period. If you miss this period, you can not take the exam and you have to wait to the next audit period. Even in a self-paced course.
In scheduled courses you have to stick to a specified timetable?
How can I see, if it is a self-paced or scheduled course?
If the Mooc is a self-paced or scheduled course is displayed in the information box of the course description.