Jennifer Widom

Fletcher Jones Professor
Department Chair, Computer Science
Stanford University


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MOOC UPDATE

The third offering of my Introduction to Databases MOOC launched on January 7, 2014.

The 2011 offering of Introduction to Databases was one of the three inaugural Stanford public courses, launching 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 has since merged with the EdX platform; OpenEdX is hosting the third offering.
All materials from all of the offerings -- lectures with in-video quizzes, multiple-choice quiz assignments, automatically-checked interactive programming exercises, midterm and final exams, optional additional exercises with solutions, and pointers to readings and resources -- are available indefinitely in self-study mode on Coursera here, and will remain hosted on OpenEdX as well once the current course completes. 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.

Biographical Sketch
Jennifer Widom is the Fletcher Jones Professor and Chair of the Computer Science Department at Stanford University. She received her Bachelor's degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 1982 and her Computer Science Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1987. She was a Research Staff Member at the IBM Almaden Research Center before joining the Stanford faculty in 1993. Her research interests span many aspects of nontraditional data management. She is an ACM Fellow and a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences; she received the ACM SIGMOD Edgar F. Codd Innovations Award in 2007 and was a Guggenheim Fellow in 2000; she has served on a variety of program committees, advisory boards, and editorial boards.
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