Lagunita is retiring and will shut down at 12 noon Pacific Time on March 31, 2020. We will continue to offer courses on other online learning platforms; visit

How online courses work

All open courses end at 12 noon Pacific Time on March 26, 2020. See Lagunita Platform FAQs.

Some former Lagunita courses are now open for enrollment on edX: Stanford Online launches courses on edX.
Additional courses offered on other online learning platforms are available at

Stanford Online courses on Lagunita are available entirely online and are free to take.

To take one of the currently open Stanford Online courses at, first select the course you want to enroll in, click on "Enroll Now", and login, or create an account and activate it.

Each course will have a particular start date, referring to when some or all of the course content became available to enrollees. While no one will be monitoring your presence, it's a good idea to sign in and visit the course's home page. This page may include information about when material will be available, if there are graded assignments, if there are deadlines for graded assignments, and where to find additional help - be it through a Discussion feature or additional documentation in the course.


Enrollees participate in courses by watching pre-recorded videos, completing assignments, and engaging in discussions with peers in an online discussion forum.

Assignments in all courses should be completed by March 26, 2020.

Check the course home page's course outline for any assignment due dates that may be earlier.

Deadlines and due dates display in local time and use a 24-hour clock, so be sure to carefully check the time at which an assignment is due.  The homework assignment below, for example, is due at 01:00 PST, which - on a 24-hour clock - means the assignment is due at 1 a.m. on the specified date.

Many courses offer a Statement of Accomplishment to participants who meet certain requirements, but you are welcome to "audit" a course and just take part in the activities that interest you most. 

Courses offered through are all offered free of charge, so you can sign up for as many of currently open courses as you like.

There are three kinds of courses: live, archived, and self-study.

A selection of self-study courses have been temporarily re-opened for enrollment, as of January 30, 2020. 

Live courses

Courses that run on a schedule are called "live", instructor-paced courses. In these, the instructor is actively engaging with the participants, and new content is released each week. In live courses, it is often possible to earn a Statement of Accomplishment by meeting certain grade requirements. After the course ends, these Statements are processed.  Emails are sent to participants once the Statements are available to be downloaded from the dashboard. When a live course reaches its end date, it becomes an "archived" course.

Archived courses

Courses that have already ended are called "archived" courses. The content in these courses is still available, but it is no longer possible to submit graded assignments, nor earn a Statement of Accomplishment. Some archived courses are planned to run again in the future, sometimes as often as two or three times a year. As a registered user, you'll be notified via email whenever new courses are announced.

Self-study courses

Courses that have no end date or one that is far in the future are called "self-paced" or "self-study" courses. Participants can go through the course materials and assignments at their own pace, and often earn a Statement of Accomplishment by completing the assignments. These courses will typically include a way to trigger the system to process and finalize your particular grade in the course, and will result in a Statement of Accomplishment being generated if the requirements were met.

We hope you have enjoyed these courses!

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