Update on Stanford's Databases MOOC
Jennifer Widom

Please excuse the retro formatting.
This page layout was created back in early days when raw HTML was the norm, for those of us who actually made web pages back then.
I haven't bothered to modernize it, figuring it's the content that actually counts.

Current Status
Update: The Lagunita platform hosting Stanford's Databases MOOC was switched off in late March 2020, sadly coinciding with a time when free online courses couldn't be more helpful for the world. On the good side, most of the mini-courses are being ported to Stanford's instantiation of the EdX platform, with both free and certified versions; several of the mini-courses are available already and several more will be available shortly.

Stanford's free online offering in Databases is now available as a set of self-paced "mini-courses" created from the original Introduction to Databases course (see History below). The mini-courses are hosted on Stanford's instantiation of the EdX platform.

Recognizing that different students have different goals in learning about databases, and that many of the topics are modular and independent, in the spring of 2014 we took the original ten-week Introduction to Databases course and broke it into 14 mini-courses. All of the mini-courses are based around video lectures and/or video demos. Many of them include in-video quizzes, stand-alone quizzes, and/or automatically-checked interactive programming exercises. All of them are self-paced, and they are available in both free and certified versions.

Fourteen Mini-Courses - by Area

Data Models

Querying Relational Databases

Querying XML Databases

Database Design

SQL Advanced Features

Suggested Pathways

Practical Relational Databases and SQL

Practical Relational Databases and SQL with UML Design

Relational Databases and SQL: Foundations and Practice

Semistructured Data

Full Database Course

The 2011 offering of Introduction to Databases was one of the three inaugural Stanford public courses that launched the online-education frenzy still going strong. It was hosted on a student-built platform that was a precursor to Coursera. The second offering was January-March 2013, hosted on Stanford's home-built Class2Go platform. Class2Go then merged with the OpenEdX platform; Lagunita (Stanford's instantiation of OpenEdX) hosted the third offering, January-March 2014. After the third MOOC offering,  we refactored the materials into a set of topic-based mini-courses, along with a variety of suggested pathways that assemble the mini-courses in different ways. All of the mini-courses were available for self-study on Lagunita until March 2020, when the Lagunita platform was switched off. In April-May 2020, most of the mini-courses were ported to the EdX platform, and they are available for self-study on that platform indefinitely.
Here's a blog I was invited to write about the 2011 offering, and here are the results of a volunteer student survey toward the end of the 2011 course.

Page last modified April 2020