Lagunita Platform FAQs

About Stanford Online
Stanford Online offers learners a single point of access to Stanford’s extended education and lifelong learning opportunities both on campus and around the world. We collaborate with Stanford schools, departments, programs, and centers to facilitate meaningful engagement between Stanford faculty and learners around the world. Learning opportunities include online and in-person courses, graduate and professional certificates, advanced degrees, global and extended education programs, and free content. Stanford Online is administered by the Stanford Center for Professional Development within the Office of the Vice Provost for Technology & Learning (VPTL).

Stanford Online makes lifelong learning courses available through several different online learning platforms, including now edx.org, Coursera.org, OpenClassrooms, and Great Learning.

Access to Stanford Content on edX
Stanford Online is increasing access to more credential-bearing opportunitIes for learners around the world by making our robust catalog of courses and open content available through a variety of online learning platforms. Many courses that had been hosted on Lagunita will now be made available through edX.   

What happens to my account?
Your account on Lagunita will be automatically closed on March 31, 2020 at  12 p.m. Pacific Time.  If you are interested in completing courses in which you are enrolled, you must do so by March 26, 2020.  Since this closure is permanent, you will not be able to log back in to the course, access the course material, or retrieve any earned Statement of Accomplishment after this time.

I am currently enrolled in a course on Lagunita. How does this affect me?
If you wish to complete the course(s) you are currently enrolled in, you must do so by March 26, 2020. If any course materials have been made available for download, you need to download these materials by March 26, 2020 if you wish to retain a copy. Once you complete the course(s), if you are eligible for a Statement of Accomplishment, you need to download it by before noon on March 31, 2020 if you wish to retain a copy. You will not be able to log back into the course, access the course material, or retrieve any earned statement of accomplishment after this date. 

I previously completed a course on Lagunita. How does this affect me? 
If any course materials have been made available for download, you need to download these materials by March 26, 2020 if you wish to retain a copy. If you earned a Statement of Accomplishment for the course and wish to download this statement, you must do so before noon on March 31, 2020. Your participation in the course and related data cannot be transferred to other learning platforms.

How do I download a Statement of Accomplishment?
If your score meets the course requirements, your Statement will appear on your dashboard page after you click the "Grade Me" button. You can get to the dashboard by clicking on the arrow beside your username in the upper corner of the page you are on. Select "Dashboard" from the drop-down menu. On your dashboard, find your course. Below the "View Course" button  will be a "Download Statement (PDF)" button if you met the course requirements and a Statement of Accomplishment was generated for you.

Course Completion Verification
After March 31, 2020, the Lagunita course verification links will no longer be active. We recommend you download your Statement of Accomplishment (no later than March 31, 2020) and use that as a record of successful completion of the course. Any questions including those regarding course verification can be directed to stanfordonline@stanford.edu.

What is a Statement of Accomplishment?
Most courses on Lagunita offer the opportunity to earn a Statement of Accomplishment, based on one's overall score on the course assessments. A participant’s Statement of Accomplishment acknowledges that they completed the Lagunita course with a passing score.

Information included on a Statement of Accomplishment
The following information may be displayed on a Statement:

  • Your name
  • Course Name
  • Name, title, and signature of the instructor(s)
  • Date when the Statement of Accomplishment was issued
  • Text about the course or grading requirements (not included on all Statements of Accomplishment)

How do I download a Statement of Accomplishment?
If your score meets the course requirements, your Statement will appear on your dashboard page after you click the "Grade Me" button. You can get to the dashboard by clicking on the arrow beside your username in the upper right corner of this page. Select "Dashboard" from the drop-down menu. On your dashboard, find your course. Below the "View Course" button will be a "Download Statement (PDF)" button if you met the course requirements and a Statement of Accomplishment was generated for you. Please note, you must download your Statement of Accomplishment by March 31, 2020. After that time, the Lagunita platform will no longer be available.

Do I have to do anything else to close my account on Lagunita? 
There is no additional action you need to take to close your account.

Which courses on Lagunita are available on another platform?
Many of Stanford Online’s free, open online courses will be made available through edX.org, including a version of some of the courses offered on the retiring platform Lagunita. Please see our Stanford Online page on edX.org.

What other courses on Lagunita are going to be available?
More open online courses will be migrated to the edX platform in the coming months. These courses will span a variety of disciplines including Humanities, Music, Education, Computer Science, and Medicine.

Where can I find out about taking other Stanford courses?
Information about the breadth of our extended education courses, including graduate and professional certificates, advanced degrees, executive education, and lifelong learning is available at online.stanford.edu. If you would like to remain connected to Stanford Online, please join our email list to learn about future educational offerings. Click here.

About the Lagunita Platform
Stanford released the first open source version of the edX platform, Open edX, in June 2013. We named our instance of the Open edX platform Lagunita, the name of a cherished lake bed on the Stanford campus, a favorite gathering place of students. Since then, Stanford Online has used Open edX technology to offer more than 200 free and open online courses on the Lagunita platform to more than 10 million learners in 190 countries. 

Who should I contact if I have additional questions or need more information?
Contact our support team at stanfordonline@stanford.edu