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About Lagunita

Lagunita is Stanford's instance of the open-source software release of the Open edX platform, which was developed by the joint Harvard/MIT non-profit organization, and which Stanford engineers have been collaborating on since April 2013. Lagunita hosts many of the free, online courses that are taught by Stanford faculty and made available to lifelong learners around the world for self-enrichment. Lagunita also hosts a variety of professional education opportunities in conjunction with many of Stanford University's schools and departments.

All of the personal and professional learning opportunities that are hosted on Lagunita and open to the public are made available through Stanford Online and listed at To see our complete catalog of Stanford Online courses on Lagunita and other platforms, you can visit

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Technology is disrupting higher education. We believe universities can benefit from this if it's done right. Supporting basic education and computer science research is core to what we do. We also believe that universities should be in control of how this space evolves, and that an open-source platform is the best way to do that.

Our engineering team is small and productive: five engineers, one PM, and two course ops staff. We do our own operations and QA. We install several times per week. We like being close to our customers (faculty, staff, students) since that motivates the right kind of innovation. We run a lightweight, mostly-Agile development process with quick daily standups, group planning, and frequent demos. We work on the Stanford Campus.

What we work on is mostly driven by our customers, but we also commit to the core edX platform repo. We collaborate with other Open edX adopters, including Google.


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Platform Help Center and Contact Emails

Stanford Online Help Center:

The Help Center contains a FAQ that answers all of the most common tech support questions for the courses available through If you can't find what you're looking for there, or if you have a suggestion or bug report to make, you can also file a support ticket from the Help Center.

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