Learning Management Systems
A Learning Management System (LMS) is a tool to help organize and protect your content. You may have used an LMS like BlackBoard, Moodle, or Desire2Learn at your school or institution. There are similar software packages available for WordPress websites (like this one) that you can use yourself.
Liberate Your Content
By setting up your own website, you can have information available to your students well before your school opens up its LMS. It does involve some expense and some setup, but you can have your information available for your current students without copying courses and re-setting dates every semester. You can even make your content available for students around the world.