Stanford faculty can use a variety of resources to create engaging and meaningful online and blended learning experiences (combining face-to-face and online components).
Stanford Managed Environments
Canvas is the centrally provided learning management system (LMS) used by ~75% of faculty on campus. Canvas has been adopted as Stanford’s primary LMS as a replacement for CourseWork.
Spring 2018 Canvas Course Setup Consultations
- Canvas courses have been created for Spring 2018 classes. For more information about the Canvas Course Creation Schedule please see our Stanford Canvas Help Center article.
- The Stanford Canvas Team is available for course setup consultations during the month of February (MWF, 10-Noon, 2-4pm), email firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment.
CHECK OUT YOUR NEW CANVAS COURSE SITE
If you’d like help getting started with Canvas, please contact us at email@example.com
The following options are available for on-campus courses. Please see the Course Site Comparison Chart for more information to help you decide which option is right for you.
Canvas is a cloud-based learning management system (LMS) by Instructure. Canvas is Stanford’s primary LMS and replaces CourseWork.
Features and Benefits
- Collaboration and content creation for students and faculty:
- Allow students to create and comment on pages
- Set up video-based web conferences instantly
- Submit and grade group projects easily
- Record videos and audio via webcam
Writing assignment features
- Assign papers and readings easily
- View Word and PDF submissions directly in the grading interface
- Create a rubric for added grading speed
- Let students grade peers using rubrics
- Bulk upload and download through drag and drop, selection or zip
- See assignments and other items that need your attention on the Dashboard
- Receive notifications via email, text, or in your calendar
Read more about Canvas and Stanford Syllabus
CourseWork was Stanford's implementation of the Sakai Collaborative Learning Environment (CLE), a community source learning management system and was retired on December 21, 2016. All CourseWork courses from Fall 2014 through Fall 2016 have been migrated to Canvas in addition to selected courses by request.
The deadline for requesting courses be migrationhas passed. Any additional content migration will be self-serve.
The CourseWork Archive site is now available at courseworkarchive.stanford.edu. Access to the archive site is by request only.
CourseWork content from Fall 2014 through Fall 2016 has been migrated to your Canvas Courses > All Courses list.
SUClass and Lagunita powered by Open edX
In April 2013, Stanford adopted the Open edX platform developed by Harvard and MIT. A team of software developers at Stanford began collaborating on and contributing to the open source platform. The Open edX platform was designed to support large-scale public courses, but it is also well suited for smaller, on-campus courses.
One of the main benefits of using Open edX is the ability to move your course content between SUClass and Lagunita. This allows you to develop your course content in one place and easily use it, or repurpose it, for either an on-campus course or for a public offering.
SUClass and Lagunita features
- Integration with Stanford's WebAuth system for registered student use - supports single-sign-on with other Stanford services.
- Easy access to class videos, announcements, problem sets, and other files.
- Videos hosted on YouTube or elsewhere.
- Searchable captions used as a skimmable index into the video ("where was it where she used 'coffee' as an example in this video? Oh, there!").
- Course content created with mixable types of components and organized into lessons, so that any page can contain any combination of types of content types.
- Problem set support for different response types including: multiple choice, numeric, math expressions, drag-and-drop and many others.
- Support for interfacing with external systems, such as Qualtrics for surveys, in ways that preserve user data.
- Course wiki for student-generated content.
- Discussion forums, both for standalone and those integrated into the course (e. g. a sub-forum for discussion of a particular video or problem set can be embedded on a page).
- Interfacing to external graders (e. g. for grading programming assignments).
- Self and peer assessments
Read more about Lagunita
Stanford Domains offers faculty and students their own web space and set of open source tools to develop course hubs and create digital identities.
Externally Hosted Environments
Coursera is a venture-funded startup founded by Stanford faculty and aims to provide free, public courses via that partnerships with Stanford University and other institutions. Coursera supports:
- Interactive in-video quizzes
- Problem sets
- Auto-graded assignments (includes option to check for output of programming exercises)
- Course wiki
- Student file uploads
- Peer assessment
NovoEd (formerly Venture Lab) is a venture-funded startup founded by Stanford faculty and aims to public courses via partnerships with Stanford University and other institutions. NovoEd features:
- Support for collaborative, and experiential project-based learning.
- Tools for team formation and management (team profiles and team blogs).
- Reputation system for rating peers (evaluations, forum posts, team contributions).
- Peer assessment
Was my CourseWork content migrated to Canvas?
All CourseWork courses from Fall 2014 through Fall 2016 were migrated to Canvas. Some earlier courses were also migrated by request.
The deadline for requesting migration from CourseWork has passed.Any additional content migration will be self-serve. See below for details on accessing CourseWork Archive.
Migrated courses include:
- forum topics
- custom home pages
- wiki pages
Migrated courses DO NOT include:
- student work (assignment submissions, file uploads)
- forum/discussion posts
- any other content not listed above
How do I access CourseWork content that wasn’t migrated to Canvas?
CourseWork Archive will be available for at least the next two years (2017-2018). It contains all the content previously in CourseWork. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request access.
How do I find my migrated CourseWork content in Canvas?
Log into Canvas, click Courses in the left hand global navigation bar, then click the All Courses link.
CourseWork content sites are named with the old CourseWork site name plus the term ‘Migrated Content’ (e.g., F15-HUMBIO-2A-01 Migrated Content).
Depending on how many courses you have, Migrated Content courses may also appear on your Canvas dashboard. If you want to hide these courses from the dashboard, go to Courses > All Courses and star the courses you want to see on your dashboard.
What can I do with my migrated CourseWork content?
The Migrated Content course sites are meant to serve as an archive for past CourseWork content and can not be modified. You can not add new content, add new people or use the Migrated Content course sites to run a live course. If you need to request access for a teaching assistant or admin, please email email@example.com. You can import the migrated content into new Canvas courses.
How do I copy my CourseWork content into my new Canvas course?
From your new Canvas course, click Settings at the bottom of the course navigation menu, then click the Import Content into this Course button. See this Import Content guide for full instructions.
When selecting a course site to copy from, make sure you select a course with ‘Migrated Content’ in the title to ensure you are getting migrated CourseWork content. If instead you select a course with the regular course title (e.g., Plant Biology), that will not have course content if you have not used Canvas to run a course yet.
After the import of content is complete, migrated CourseWork materials will appear in the Files tool and migrated CourseWork assignments will appear in the Quizzes tool. All migrated CourseWork content is unpublished. Make sure to publish any content you want to make available to students. When finished arranging content, be sure to click the Publish button on the course home page to make the course available to students. See these guides for instructions on publishing content:
To ensure students can see the published content, use the Student View function in Settings.
Have more questions? Submit a request
Article is closed for comments.