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Digital Learning Environments

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 2017 courses are available now in Canvas. 
 
 
If you’d like help getting started with Canvas, please contact us at help@stanfordcanvas.zendesk.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

Canvas is a cloud-based learning management system by Instructure. Canvas has been adopted as Stanford’s primary LMS as a replacement for CourseWork. 

Canvas offers:

 
  • 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 assignments:
 
  • 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
 
Efficient workflows:
 
  • 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

CourseWork was Stanford's implementation of the Sakai Collaborative Learning Environment (CLE), a community source learning management system. CourseWork was retired on December 21, 2016.
 
The VPTL Canvas team migrated all CourseWork courses from Fall 2014 through Fall 2016 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 the CourseWork Archive site.

CourseWork Archive 

The CourseWork Archive site is now available at courseworkarchive.stanford.edu. Access to the archive site is by request only. Contact us to request access to the CourseWork Archive site.

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 offer:

 
  • 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

 
Stanford Domains offers faculty and students their own web space and set of open source tools to develop course hubs and create digital identities.
 
Read more about Stanford Domains

Externally Hosted Environments

Coursera

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

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