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Websites for Classes

Stanford provides two recommended options for instructors to publish and maintain centrally-hosted websites for their for-credit classes.


1. Canvas

After a successful pilot during the 2014-2015 academic year, Canvas was adopted to replace CourseWork as Stanford’s primary LMS.

Canvas is an all-in-one system that lets you post announcements and reading materials, manage class assignments, run discussion forums, assign grades, and more; the website is just one of many system components.

CourseWork was retired in Dec. 2016. Canvas is the sole centrally supported campus LMS.

Get started with Canvas

2. University IT Course Support (do-it-yourself)

Recommended in cases where the format of an LMS does not meet instructor needs and someone is available create and maintain a webpage using HTML.

  • Website is hosted on the university’s main web servers.
  • Pre-defined, dedicated namespace for URL (

Get started with University IT Course Support

Other digital learning platforms

In addition to Canvas and CourseWork, the Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning (VPTL) also supports the following digital learning platforms: Lagunita, Coursera, NovoEd. To find out which option is the best one for your class, with staff at the Learning Technologies & Spaces.

School-managed websites for classes

Some schools and departments host web pages on their own servers or use third-party solutions. To pursue a local hosting option, talk to administrators and colleagues within your department or submit a HelpSU request.

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