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Their description of one course on databases below offers history and context for the course.
“Introduction to Databases” had a very successful public offering in fall 2011, as one of Stanford’s inaugural three massive open online courses. Since then, the course materials have been improved and expanded, and we’re excited to be launching a second public offering of the course in winter 2013. The course includes video lectures and demos with in-video quizzes to check understanding, in-depth standalone quizzes, a wide variety of automatically-checked interactive programming exercises, midterm and final exams, a discussion forum, optional additional exercises with solutions, and pointers to readings and resources. Taught by Professor Jennifer Widom, the curriculum draws from Stanford’s popular Introduction to Databases course.