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Course Support

The recommended learning management system (LMS) for Stanford is Canvas. Canvas is a cloud-based LMS that provides communication, collaboration, assessment, and course material storage features in one modern, easy-to-use interface. Stanford Center for Professional Development ensures that every current academic course is available in Canvas, and faculty and instructional staff may log in with SUNet IDs to explore the system and determine whether to publish the course site. For more information or assistance, visit

UIT also continues to provide maintenance support for the legacy Course Support system (previously named “Leland Course Services”) which offers centrally-hosted AFS-based online services: web site space and templates, an email mailing list, a newsgroup for online discussions, and a central location on the campus network for sharing and storing documents and other data. There is no charge for these services - one sign-up form is all that’s required to register or renew the included services.


Links to more information about the services included in the Course Support suite:

  • Web Site
    A course web site can serve many purposes: you can use it to advertise your course, communicate and share materials with students (e.g., assignments, syllabi, video), and even assign and grade students’ work.
  • Email List
    Class email lists enable you to send announcements easily to everyone associated with your class. University IT provides you with four lists, enabling you to tailor your email communications to students, administrators, or guests — or to everyone involved with the course.
  • Disk Space
    University IT Course Support includes 500MB of space for you to store and share syllabi, web files, course outlines, problem sets, notes, essays, etc.
  • Newsgroup
    The Usenet newsgroup provided by University IT is well-suited for online discussion and student participation, particularly because newsgroup posts are available — and relatively easy to access — for the entire quarter.

Designed for

Current faculty and teaching assistants.


Course must be recognized by the University Registrar.

Data security

May not be used to collect High Risk Data, as defined by the Information Security Office.


Free of charge.

Get help

For assistance, please submit a Help request.

Learn more

See also

See Publish a Website.

Last modified April 12, 2023