SAP Uses openHPI Platform for its own Open Online Courses

          SAP Uses openHPI Platform for its own Open Online Courses

PR Newswire

POTSDAM, Germany, April 30, 2013

POTSDAM, Germany, April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

German Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) is supporting the educational initiative
of the software company SAP AG to offer interactive online courses open to
everyone - so-called MOOCs. These courses, backed by technology and know-how
from HPI and starting on May 27^th, will focus on SAP software products. The
Potsdam institute, who refers to this latest venture as "pioneering work in
the economy," is the first institute of higher learning in Germany to offer
worldwide online courses by its professors on information technology and
computer science. SAP is the first globally active company to take advantage
of the opportunities presented by this scientifically developed new learning
form of open online courses for many participants.

"By way of such Massive Open Online Courses, SAP can offer product-related
educational contents worldwide, also to those who are not affiliated with a
software company or who are part of the industry," said Prof. Christoph
Meinel, director of Hasso Plattner Institute and head of the HPI specialized
field Internet Technologies and Systems. HPI is delighted to be partnering in
this highly innovative project and happy to make its platform and expertise
available for this purpose, Meinel said.

The new SAP offer relies heavily on the openHPI model in
way of design, the Potsdam computer scientist added. The subject material is
complementary content-wise. "While development and product experts familiarize
course participants with specific in-house software solutions on openSAP, on
openHPI our professors teach both fundamental concepts as well as the latest
academic knowledge covering the full spectrum of information technology and
computer science," Meinel added.

To prepare first course participants more intensively, openSAP provided a
summary of the main contents from an openHPI course led by founder Prof. Hasso
Plattner. In this course, Plattner introduced the new main memory database
technology researched at HPI and developed with SAP. In the meantime, it has
been honored with the German Innovation Award.

openHPI: Modeled on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC)

The new Internet educational platform at Hasso Plattner
Institute for Software Systems Engineering at the University of Potsdam (HPI)
offers free, open-access online courses to many participants. Unique
worldwide, the courses concentrating on information technology and computer
science are taught in German as well as English. openHPI follows the model of
"Massive Open Online Courses" as they were first offered at Stanford
University and then later at other elite universities in the United States.

In contrast to "traditional" lecture portals, courses at
follow a fixed six to eight week time plan. A course is composed of a defined
range of offers such as teaching videos, self-tests, regular homework and exam
questions. These offers are combined with a social platform where participants
can exchange experience with other participants as well as course supervisors.
Here, they can also clarify questions and discuss further topics. The
participants themselves decide on the nature and scope of their activities.
They can make their own contributions to the course, for example in blog posts
or tweets, which they can address in the forum. Other learners then have the
chance to make a comment, discuss or expand on what has been said. Thus,
learners, teachers and content become linked in a social learning network. 

Data on

The Institute launched in September 2012 with a course
conducted by HPI founder and SAP co-founder Prof. Hasso Plattner in English.
More than 15,000 enrolled in the course on the new In-Memory database
technology. 2,132 participants received a certificate upon successfully
passing the final exam at the end of October. The second online course, taught
by HPI director Prof. Christoph Meinel, was offered in German and covered the
technological functionality of the Internet. 11,000 took part in the course
and 1,662 participants received a certificate attesting to their successful
completion.  The third course on the subject of the semantic search in the
Internet was held by senior researcher Dr. Harald Sack in English. There were
approximately 5,900 course participants and 778 who received a certificate.
The fourth course began on April 8^th. Led by Prof. Felix Naumann of HPI, the
six-week course in German was focused on the topic of "Data Management with

Profile of Hasso Plattner Institute

The Hasso Plattner Institute for Software Systems Engineering GmbH (HPI) in
Potsdam is Germany's university excellence center for IT Systems Engineering.
It is the only university institution in Germany to offer a bachelor and
master program in "IT Systems Engineering" - a practical and
engineering-oriented course of studies in computer science, in which 450
students are currently enrolled. The HPI School of Design Thinking is Europe's
first innovation school and is based on the Stanford model of the It
offers 240 places for a supplementary study per year. There are a total of ten
HPI professors and a further 50 guest professors, lecturers and contract
teachers at the Institute. HPI carries out research noted for its standard of
excellence in its nine topic areas, as well as at the HPI Research School for
PhD candidates, with its research branches in Cape Town, Haifa and Nanjing.
HPI teaching and research focus on the foundation and application of
large-scale, highly complex and interconnected IT systems. The development and
exploration of user-driven innovations for all areas of life is an additional
area of importance. HPI always earns the highest positions in the CHE
university ranking.

Press contact HPI:
Hans-Joachim Allgaier, M.A., Spokesman, Tel.: +49(0)331-55-09-119,
Mobile: +49(0)179-267-54-66, Mail;
Rosina Geiger, Press and Public Relations Officer, Tel.: +49(0)331-55-09-175,

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