Welcome to our new blog about openHPI, the new social learning platform of the Hasso Plattner Institute at the University of Potsdam, Germany. openHPI’s first course – “In-memory data management” by Prof. Hasso Plattner – is now entering its final sixth week. At the same time, openHPI is being presented at the 6th tele-TASK Symposium. With this blog launched today, we will document our ongoing efforts to improve openHPI as well as our preparation of new massive online courses. Besides this, we also aim to situate openHPI in the global open education movement and continue fruitful discussed at the tele-TASK  Symposium.

openHPI is an open social learning platform presenting content from HPI’s IT classes, as is evidenced by openHPI’s first course based on Prof. Plattner’s lecture on “Trends and Concepts in the Software Industry”. From 12h of raw material, 8h were extracted and cut into distinct segments.  The course content was partitioned into 6 weeks, with approximately 70 – 90 minutes of video content, augmented with a large number of self-tests and homework, as well as lecture slides and additional book readings.

openHPI is a open platform allowing an interested learner

  • to engage with this content by tracking his or her own learning progress, and providing an overview of the status of this progress,
  • to engage with others. Discussion forums allow users to post questions about the content and to learn from other users. They can connect with each other through a messaging client and through publication of their profiles on social platforms.

For the start of openHPI’s second course on “Internetworking,” which I will be conducting, a new social feature will be launched, allowing users to gather into learning groups where they can organize a collective space through a wiki and a discussion forum.

We are encouraged in our efforts to establish a virulent learning platform with openHPI for massive open courses in IT technology and computer science by the following numbers. One month after its start, openHPI’s first course has attracted a total number of 12.213 enrolled students. More than 50% of them have taken at least on of the self-tests or done a homework. Videos have been played 8,.184 times, self-tests done 88,376 times. 1,661 messages have been posted to the discussion forums by 533 users.

You are invited to share your ideas and experiences with us. Please stay tuned for further news about openHPI.

Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel

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About openHPI

openHPI is the educational Internet platform of the German Hasso Plattner Institute, Potsdam. On openHPI you take part in a worldwide social learning network based on interactive online courses covering different subjects in Information and Communications Technology (ICT).

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