Update on Stanford's Databases MOOC
Jennifer Widom

Current Status

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). All of the mini-courses are hosted on the OpenEdX platform, with a starting page here.

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 if a sufficiently high score is achieved, a Statement of Accomplishment is issued.

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 EdX platform; 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 are available for self-study 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 June 2014