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SAP Uses openHPI Platform for its own Open Online Courses

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 27th,
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 http://open.sap.com 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 http://www.openhpi.de 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

In contrast to “traditional” lecture portals, courses at http://www.openhpi.de
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 openHPI.de

The Institute launched http://www.openhpi.de 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
8th. Led by Prof. Felix Naumann of HPI, the six-week course in German was focused on the
topic of “Data Management with SQL.”

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 d.school. 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.

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