myCourses Course Availability
Courses are unavailable by default. The students will not be able to see your course until you manually make it available to students.
In your course, under Control Panel > Customization > Properties you have to change the Set Availability to Yes.
If you want students to have access earlier than January 17 then you will have to also change the Course Duration Start Date. If you do not change this Course Duration Start Date then your course will turn on automatically for the students at midnight 1/17 if Set Availability is set to Yes.