Advanced Java course & openHPI Forum 2021 on November 24

Dear Learning Community,

The millionth enrolment comes from the Rhine-Main area in Germany. Our millionth participant is Helmut Knauthe, a 63-year-old top manager of the Essen-based company, Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions AG. He is a mechanical engineer, who has been responsible for Technology, Innovation & Sustainability since 2013 and now has been awarded a tablet by us.

The course program on openHPI is reaching the end of the year. So, in addition to introducing a new Java course for advanced learners, we would also like to invite you to participate in the openHPI Forum 2021 next week.

Algorithms and Data Structures with Detective Duke (in German)

On Wednesday, November 24, we are starting the new Java course "Algorithms and Data Structures with Detective Duke" (in German) by Christiane Hagedorn, Selina Reinhard, Sebastian Serth, Thomas Staubitz, Hendrik Steinbeck, and Ralf Teusner.

The two-week in-depth course covers theoretical aspects of various data structures such as arrays, lists, stacks, queues, sets, maps, and trees, as well as their practical application in Java. Furthermore, the course team wants to teach which algorithms are available to sort or efficiently search these data structures.

Interested? Watch the course trailer and enroll at:

openHPI Forum - November 24, 2021

Also on Wednesday, November 24, the openHPI Forum 2021 will take place between 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Under the motto "Online learning on openHPI - What have we learned from 2 years of the pandemic?" we want to discuss with you the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on online learning.

We are looking forward to numerous exciting contributions from HPI scientists, partners, and renowned university experts.

How can I quantify the online learning boom? What is the situation of international students in Corona times? How can OpenWHO help to fight the pandemic? How can I learn to program online? How much are online certificates and micro-degrees worth?

At this year's forum, Alexander Knoth (DAAD), Heini Utunen (WHO), Cordula Torner (KI-Campus), as well as Katja Assaf, Sebastian Serth, and Nils König (all HPI) will address all the above-mentioned questions and more, in their respective presentations.

In the panel discussion that will follow, Prof. Kerstin Ritter (Charité), Prof. Felix Naumann (HPI), Mara Meisel (HPI Academy), Prof. Dr. Tino Schuppan (HdBA), and Ralf Teusner (SAP) will discuss the requirements for a good online course.

The openHPI Forum will also be streamed live via tele-TASK. The Livestream will be available at the start of the event. The event will be in German.

Find the detailed program for the HPI Forum here:

We look forward to your participation! Please feel free to share these course and event tips with colleagues, friends, and acquaintances via email or social media.

Best regards,
the openHPI team

Join us at openHPI Forum 2021!

Dear Learning Community,

After several online-only events on MOOCs and e-learning, we are especially pleased to invite you to our next on-site openHPI Forum in Potsdam in November.

openHPI Forum - November 24, 2021.

The half-day event on our campus in Potsdam-Griebnitzsee will focus on the question of "Online learning on openHPI - What have we learned from two years of pandemic?" We are looking forward to numerous exciting contributions from HPI scientists, partners and renowned university experts. Heini Utunen from the World Health Organization will talk about developments on the OpenWHO learning platform during the pandemic. Members of HPI will put numbers on the boom of the last two years and show what other formats (besides MOOCs) are being implemented on openHPI, for example by looking at the clean-IT forum or how student classes are taught. Cordula Torner will present the Fellowship Program for the AI Campus, an offer that supports university lecturers in using content from the learning platform for artificial intelligence in teaching.

In a panel discussion, representatives from universities and course providers will discuss what makes a good online course. In addition, there will be plenty of time during the breaks to exchange ideas and get together in a relaxed atmosphere. We look forward to welcoming you on Wednesday, November 24 from 2-6 p.m. at the Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam! The event will be in German. Participation is free.

If you are interested, please register here free of charge:

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Practice

Today, the new openHPI course on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning starts (in German language). Be there when the two master's students Johannes Hötter and Christian Warmuth–who many already know from last year's successful course "Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Beginners"–now focus on projects in practice.

A big plus: This course looks at specific, real-world use cases, among them is the sentiment analysis of newspaper articles. With this approach, participants can understand the challenges and opportunities of these technologies even better.

Interested? Watch the trailer for the course here and enroll:

Connected Healthcare - Capturing and analyzing health data in everyday life

How can we measure and analyze health-related data in everyday life and use it to stay healthy or become healthy? This is the question Prof. Dr. Bert Arnrich and his teaching team are exploring in the two-week German-language course “Connected Healthcare,” which starts on October 13, 2021. Many are already familiar with the smartwatch, which measures health data via sensors—but there are many more examples that you will learn about in the course. “Connected Health” is interdisciplinary, and it includes knowledge from health sciences as well as sensor technology and Data Science, the field of data processing.

We look forward to your participation and lively discussion in the course.

Register at:

We look forward to seeing! Please also share these course and event tips with colleagues, friends and acquaintances easily via email or social media.

Best regards
the openHPI team

openHPI Autumn Program starts with new Courses on Web and AI

Dear Participants,

The autumn program will soon begin at openHPI. Read here about the exciting topics that await you and sign up now.

Become a web professional with openHPI

Our series on web technologies starts on 1 September (in German language). In three two-week courses, those interested can learn more about "How the Web Works Technically", "Programming for the Web" and "Groundbreaking Applications on the Web". Those who want can then take the exam "Become a web professional in 3 steps" and obtain a record of achievement or a qualified certificate. In addition to knowledge questions on the three courses, you will learn how to create a website as a practical exercise.

The three courses are offered by the director of the Hasso Plattner Institute, Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel, and his teaching team.

The first course teaches the basics of the web. We will take a closer look at how information can be identified on the web (URLs) and how web documents must be structured and formatted (HTML, CSS) so that they can be accessed via the internet (HTTP). In addition, you will learn how websites adapt dynamically to the device from which the website is called up (responsiveness).

Click here to register:

The second course, with its high practical content, is dedicated to web programming. We show you the basics of client-side and server-side web programming. Among other things, you will learn how to interact with websites and which tools are available to create dynamic pages.

Click here to register:

The third and last course in the web series focuses on groundbreaking applications on the web. Whether it's the Google search engine, online shopping at Amazon, or online learning on platforms like openHPI: the web has become an integral part of our everyday lives. Among other things, you will learn how these applications work and which business models are behind them.

Register here:

How is artificial intelligence used in practice?

The terms machine learning and artificial intelligence are on everyone's lips these days. In this four-week German language course, we would like to give you the opportunity to learn more about how these concepts are used in practice. To do this, we will look at several concrete use cases - including the recognition of sign language from images and the sentiment analysis of newspaper articles. The course will be led by Master students Johannes Hötter and Christian Warmuth.

Register here:

This continuation was requested by many participants in last year's course, "Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Beginners". As preparation, this course can still be completed with a record of achievement until September 15th as part of the openHPI Summer School program.

The two course leaders Johannes Hötter and Christian Warmuth will also have their say in the next HPI knowledge podcast Neuland, which will be released on September 15th. Learn more about how the two became AI enthusiasts and decided to study at HPI.

Subscribe to the Neuland podcast now and never miss another episode:

STRATEGIC DESIGN THINKING for Every Day - For Everyone!

No matter what professional background you are from, Strategic Design Thinking can be applied to complex challenges and everyday problems regardless of your industry. The HPI Academy, Center of Excellence for Professional Development offers this exciting, fee-based course via the openHPI platform. Starting October 8, 2021, the six-week online course equips innovation pioneers with the most effective principles of Design Thinking. In three compact learning modules focused on the nine most important principles, you will learn to use the full potential of Design Thinking - even as a beginner. Unleash your capacity for innovation!

Register on the HPI Academy website.

We look forward to seeing you in our courses!

the openHPI team

Share your Open Badge & Win an iPad Air

Dear openHPI Community,

Our summer campaign, in which attractive prizes await you, is running until 15 September! We want to know why you like openHPI.

Campaign #shareyourbadge
Have you already completed some openHPI courses with a record of achievement? Check your profile to see which courses have earned you a record of achievement and an Open Badge.

  • Share your Open Badge(s) publicly on as many social networks as possible and write briefly what you like about openHPI or which course you would recommend. The more often you share your badges, the greater your chance of winning.
  • Don't forget to include the hashtag #shareyourbadge.
  • Now fill out the survey in the Summer School course and add the links to the shared badges - done!

With a bit of luck, you could win an iPad Air and other attractive HPI prizes (coffee mugs, socks, thermal mugs).

Be part of the openHPI Summer School now
No Open Bagde yet? As part of the openHPI Summer School, you can still complete numerous popular openHPI courses with a record of achievement and an Open Badge until 15 September.

You can find all free courses here:

Best wishes and good luck!
the openHPI team

openHPI Summer School: Many popular courses newly released

For some it's almost over, for others it's just around the corner: summer vacation! openHPI is also taking its summer break, but to make sure you don't get bored in August, we have re-activated some popular courses for you.

Courses - including exam and record of achievement - openHPI Summer School
From now until 15 September you can take these courses from previous years and complete them with a record of achievement:

All graded homework and final exams are open again, and can be taken until 15 September. The discussion forum is available in the re-activated courses in reading mode. You have the possibility to take the courses in self-study and at your own pace. There is no moderation by a Teaching Team.

Since we think that learning involves exchanging ideas with others, we have set up an openHPI Summer School course to which we cordially invite you:
Here you have the opportunity to exchange ideas with other learners and, on top of that, to receive an Open Badge for participating, which you can share via social media.

The web technologies course series starts on 1 September
We will continue regularly after the summer break on 1 September.
At this time, there will be three 2-week courses on web technologies in the program for you:

The three courses will be led by openHPI founder Prof. Christoph Meinel. If you have completed all three courses with a confirmation of participation, you can take the combined exam Zum Web-Experten in 3 Schritten and, if you successfully pass, acquire a qualified certificate. Why not take a look at the course "A Half Century of Internet - How it works today" as preparation for this course series?

Künstliche Intelligenz und Maschinelles Lernen in der Praxis
All those who enthusiastically followed the first course by Johannes Hötter and Christian Warmuth on “Künstliche Intelligenz und Maschinelles Lernen für Einsteiger” should note the follow-up course, which starts on 6 October. In the 4-week course “Künstliche Intelligenz und Maschinelles Lernen in der Praxis”, interested people without programming experience will learn how machine learning projects are implemented in practice.

Watch the trailer for the course here, and register for free:

If you missed the first AI course, you can watch it again as part of our openHPI Summer School.

Open Badges now also on openHPI
In the future, anyone who successfully completes an openHPI course can look forward to receiving an Open Badge, in addition to the usual record of achievement. Learners can easily download this badge to their computer or to a central platform such as badgr or Open Badge Passport. The advantage of badges is, on one hand, that they contain a built-in link all the information that is also on the certificate, such as name, course result and date of issue. On the other hand, badges are so popular because you can easily share them via social media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter) or email, or print them on business cards or cover letters.
openHPI also issues Open Badges retrospectively for all courses from 2018. So if you've achieved an openHPI badge in the last few years, take a look at your profile under “Certificates”.

We look forward to seeing you again soon in our online courses and wish you a wonderful, eventful summer!

Best regards
the openHPI team

EMOOCs Summary & openHPI News

Last week the openHPI team hosted the double conference EMOOCs / Learning at Scale 2021 - for the first time completely online. We look back on a variety of interesting keynotes, panels and presentations. Here is a short summary for all those who could not be there:

EMOOCs / L@S 2021 - Review
The pandemic has resulted in a boom across all digital learning platforms, as reported by representatives of the major MOOC platforms edX, FutureLearn, OpenWHO and Coursera. This was one of the defining themes discussed in a total of 6 tracks as well as additional workshops at EMOOCs 2021. Among the honored guests were Dr Georgi Dimitrov, Head of the Digital Education Unit at the EU Commission. In his keynote speech, Dr. Dimitrov spoke about the challenges and opportunities of using digital technologies in education and presented the Digital Education Action Plan.
Dr Gaya Gamhewage, Head of Learning and Capacity Building at the WHO Health Emergencies Program, explained how the OpenWHO knowledge platform supports the training of health workers worldwide and has therefore contributed to the containment of COVID-19.
Jeff Maggioncalda, CEO of Coursera, spoke about job opportunities of the future and the role institutions play in advancing digital skills.
The Learning at Scale conference gathered scholars from around the world in a total of five sessions to discuss empirical studies and relevant research on scaling and improving learning.
In two interactive poster sessions, participants were able to learn about the latest research on scaling e-learning.
The panels and presentations were recorded and will soon be made available free of charge to all in the EMOOCs / L@S course. If you are interested in the content of the conferences, feel free to enrol directly in the course!

New online course offered by eGov campus
With the module "Enterprise Architecture frameworks and concepts of the public sector" the third available learning offer of the eGov-Campus will start from July 1, 2021. In the course, Prof. Dr. Maria A. Wimmer (University of Koblenz-Landau) will share knowledge and competencies for holistic system consideration and design as well as for the analysis and development of an IT architecture along various frameworks.

clean-IT Podcast: Paths to sustainable digitalization
The advancing digitalization has many benefits for society, but at the same time it brings with it a steadily growing consumption of energy and resources. In the new HPI Knowledge Podcast, HPI Institute Director Prof. Christoph Meinel discusses with Bitkom President Achim Berg how sustainable digitalization can succeed, and what new IT technologies can make this possible.

Listen in and subscribe to the Neuland podcast:

You can find more interesting contributions on the topic in the openHPI clean-IT Forum. Stakeholders from business and research are invited to present their ideas for more sustainability in IT and to exchange ideas with the professional community.

For now, we wish you a wonderful and hopefully relaxing summer! Stay healthy!

Many greetings
the openHPI team

EMOOCs 2021 / Learning at Scale 2021 - Register now!

Dear MOOC Enthusiasts, dear Learning Community,

We are looking forward to two exciting e-learning conferences: the seventh European MOOCs Stakeholder Summit (EMOOCs 2021) and Learning at Scale 2021 (L@S 2021) will be happening as online conferences.

Bringing together EMOOCs 2021 and Learning at Scale 2021 combines international, top-quality educational research with teaching practitioners, platform providers, policy-makers, and education businesses. We look forward to welcoming you to our “double” conference on 22-24 June, 2021!

Diverse Program
In the light of the coronavirus pandemic, the double conference will focus on the experiences that education providers around the world have made in switching from traditional face-to-face teaching to hybrid or fully online formats. Among others, leading representatives of the international learning platforms Coursera, edX and FutureLearn will report and answer questions online. Participants at the EMOOCs 2021/L@S conference will discuss the state of play in the dissemination of open online courses for all interested parties in Europe. Topics will include best practices in the production, quality assurance, and certification of such Massive Open Online Courses, but also the modernisation of higher education teaching, labour market aspects, marketing issues, and opportunities in the health sector.

Renowned Keynote Speakers
We are very happy to welcome renowned keynote speakers, who are set to cover a wide variety of topics. Gaya Gamhewage, head of learning and capacity development for WHO's health emergencies program will talk about how WHO managed to fight the pandemic through its knowledge transfer platform OpenWHO. Another highlight will be the keynote by physicist and complexity researcher Geoffrey West. He is the author of the 2017 work Scale: The Universal Laws of Life of Organisms, Cities and Companies. Georgi Dimitrov, who is responsible for the unit Digital Education in the European Commission, will introduce us to the Digital Education Action Plan. Jeff Maggioncalda, CEO of Coursera, will discuss the role of institutions in responding to the global skills crisis. Sanna Jarvela, from the University of Oulu, Finland, will take a look at how human capabilities and the development of new digital technologies, such as artificial intelligence, can go hand in hand with education. Last but not least, Eslami Motahhare from Carnegie Mellon University will take us into the world of algorithmic systems.

Who's the conference for?
We welcome lecturers and managers from the education sector, as well as company representatives who are involved in the topic of digital advanced education.

The conferences are especially aimed at MOOCs and e-learning practitioners.

Please click here to register:

Best regards
the team

New Online Courses on Process Mining and Data Protection

Dear Participants,

We are pleased to introduce a number of new free online courses in the openHPI program today.

Online course on process mining just started
The English-language two-week online course on process mining, led by professors Mathias Weske (HPI) and Henrik Leopold (KLU), started yesterday. Starting with a general understanding of business processes, participants will learn the most important concepts of process mining and their interrelationships. This includes event log generation, process model discovery, process improvement and conformance checking. Join now and complete the course with a certificate.

Last-minute registration at:

Data protection for beginners
Learn the basics of data protection in a course with HPI legal counsel Dr. Ina Haarhoff starting May 26. In the four-week German-language course, you will learn which technical and organizational measures need to be taken in order to meet data protection requirements. You will also learn what to do in the event of a data breach in your company to avoid severe penalties.

The course is aimed primarily at startups and other young companies. Prior knowledge is not required.

Did we spark your interest? Then watch the trailer for the course here and enroll right away:

Educational platform for e-government extends its free learning offer in May.
The eGov-Campus is set to launch its second open online course on May 31th. In the course Citizen Portals in the Public Sector, Professor Isabella Proeller from the University of Potsdam and Professor Tino Schuppan will introduce you to the topic of One Stop Government and new access options for public service and participation processes. In this context, citizen portals are regarded as the central access and entry point. This module teaches which guiding principles apply in the design and which requirements are needed for the successful implementation of modern access services in multi-level systems.

We hope you find something in our extensive program and look forward to welcoming you to one of our next openHPI courses.

Best regards
the openHPI team

Digital entrepreneurship course & New e-Gov platform

Dear Participants,

We’d love to have you join us for the free online course "Digital Entrepreneurship" that starts today.

Here's a brief summary:

Digital Entrepreneurship (launching April 14).
Until now, entrepreneurial decisions have been surrounded by myths. The HPI course team, led by Prof. Katharina Hölzle, wants to familiarize participants with the basic principles of digital entrepreneurship in a clear and practical way during this 4-week course, held in English. In so-called Coffee Talks, guest speakers enrich the course with valuable insights from practice.

Be a part of it at:

Educational platform for e-government launches free learning offer in May.
The eGov-Campus, the German educational platform for e-government, is set to launch its first open online course on May 11th. In the course Process Management in the Public Sector, Professor Jörg Becker from the University of Muenster will introduce you to the strategic importance of process management for the modernization of the Public Sector. You will learn the necessary skills for successful process management and how it can support the digital transformation of public administrations - a hot topic.

EMOOCs 2021 / Learning at Scale 2021 will take place online.
From June 22-25, 2021, the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) will host two renowned e-learning conferences. These are the "European MOOCs Stakeholders Summit" (EMOOCs), Europe's most important summit in the field of Massive Open Online Courses, and "ACM Learning at Scale" (L@S), an international conference on scalable e-learning. Both events target the latest scientific findings on online learning. Due to the current situation, the conferences will take place online. Take a look at the renowned keynote speakers, and save the date already! Registration will be open shortly. We hope to see you there!

We look forward to welcoming you to our courses and events! Please feel free to forward this information to acquaintances, friends and colleagues and easily share our course offerings via social media.

Best regards
the openHPI team

New in Program: Digital Entrepreneurship

April is waiting for you with interesting new topics!

clean-IT Forum - Expert forum on sustainability topics.
With the newly created English-language clean-IT Forum, a dedicated channel on openHPI, the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) aims to bring together sustainability experts from around the world to exchange approaches to solutions for digitalization with lower energy consumption. Addressed are, for example, research institutions, IT industry, politics and interest groups. How can the constantly growing energy demand of data centers and applications such as cloud computing, media streaming, artificial intelligence and blockchain technology be managed? The clean-IT Forum is intended to serve as an exchange platform for all those who would like to discuss solutions to this pressing question and present applications in this area.

Did we spark your interest? Click here to register:

In contrast to the well-known course format on openHPI, there are no exams or deadlines at the clean-IT Forum. Content is not released on a weekly basis, but is available immediately.

Digital Entrepreneurship (starts April 14)
If you want to learn what digital entrepreneurship is and which ways of thinking and acting are needed to successfully tackle current social challenges with it, you should not miss the four-week English-language course "Digital Entrepreneurship". Prof. Katharina Hölzle, head of the IT Entrepreneurship department, and her team want to use current empirical research findings to show how digital entrepreneurship influences the economy and society and how those involved can work together effectively.

The course is aimed at anyone who is thinking of starting up their own business, but also at anyone who is interested in entrepreneurial topics and entrepreneurial thinking. If you want to join, you should bring a basic knowledge of science and enjoy critical discourse.

Click here to register:

AI Campus: Free offers on Artificial Intelligence
Would you also like to know more about artificial intelligence (AI), for example, what topics it covers and how AI is changing the way we live and work? Then take a look at the KI-Campus, the learning platform for artificial intelligence. Funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the platform offers free online courses, videos and podcasts on AI. While "Introduction to AI" (UnternehmerTUM) or "Launchpad to Fundamental Questions on AI" (Kiron) aim to familiarize a broad target group with the essential technical aspects, functionalities and effects of AI, KI-Campus also features specific offerings such as "Human-Machine Interaction" with DFKI CEO Antonio Krüger. The online course teaches the basics of human-machine interaction. It shows how interactive systems can be designed and evaluated.

We wish you relaxing holidays! See you soon in the course,
the openHPI team

New openHPI Courses in Spring: Blockchain and Process Mining

In recent months, cryptocurrencies like bitcoin have become the big corona winner in the financial investment sector. Starting March 17, 2021, Prof. Christoph Meinel and research assistant Tatiana Gayvoronskaya will answer basic questions about blockchain technology in a new English-language online course on openHPI. For example, what do we know about the legality of blockchain technology? Or another topic that has also been in the focus of much media frenzy: Why are there large price fluctuations in Bitcoin and enormous energy consumption?

We warmly invite anyone who has already dealt with blockchain technology to some extent! The goal of the course is to develop a realistic view of the technology and to dispel the myths that have sprung up around blockchain technology.

Watch our trailer for the course here and enroll for free right now:

Cybersecurity Exam
If you want to refresh and test your knowledge on topics related to digital identities, malware and secure communication on the Internet, you shouldn't miss the Cybersecurity Basics Exam (in English). The prerequisite for taking the exam is previous participation in the three short courses Confidential Communication in the Internet, Digital Identities and Cyberthreats by Malware. These can be taken at any time in self-study, so there is nothing to stop you from taking the exam by the end of March.

You can register for the exam here:

Computer Anatomy - A Look Inside Your Computer
It's hard to imagine our households without computers. But who actually knows exactly which components are in a computer and how they work together? The student team consisting of Julia Joch, Tarik Alnawa and Henrik Guhl has taken on this topic. In the two-week German-language course, which has just started, they clearly explain the different hardware components such as RAM, hard disk, mainboard or graphics card.

Join the discussion now:

Recommended listening: Neuland Podcast with Gero Decker
In the latest episode of the HPI podcast "Neuland", host Leon Stebe talks to HPI alumnus and founder Dr. Gero Decker and to Dr. Frank Pawlitschek, head of the HPI School of Entrepreneurship, about the genesis of Signavio and why entrepreneurship should be part of university education at an early stage. What were the hurdles and difficulties on the way to the successful process optimization company Signavio, which was recently acquired by SAP? How do you take away the "German fear of failure" when starting up?

Listen in and subscribe to the Neuland podcast:

A Step-by-Step Introduction to Process Mining (Start May 5)
Let's stay with the topic of business processes: Prof. Dr. Mathias Weske (Hasso Plattner Institute) and Prof. Dr. Henrik Leopold (Kühne Logistics University) will introduce you to the basics of process mining in a free two-week English-language course starting May 5. In this course, you will learn what data is generated in the course of a business process and how you can convert it into events. You will also learn about the potential of process mining, for example in identifying potential compliance issues.

You can register for the course here:

Interested in joining the openHPI team?
Do you have ideas and suggestions on how to further improve the platform and would like to implement them yourself? Then apply now for one of our advertised positions as a Cloud Engineer, DevOps Engineer, Rails Developer or on your own initiative. We are also looking for students from the Berlin-Brandenburg region who would like to join the openHPI team as student assistants. We are looking forward to hearing from you! Feel free to forward the information to your friends and colleagues and share our course offers easily via social media.

Best regards
the openHPI team

New openHPI Courses: Cyberthreats by Malware and Structure of a Computer

We hope you are well and looking forward as much as we are to the new openHPI courses that will be starting soon. Tomorrow we are starting with the third course from the cybersecurity series:

Cyberthreats by Malware (starting February 10)

The spread of malware is a huge problem that causes a great deal of damage each year among both individuals and businesses. In this English-language course, the course team, led by Prof. Christoph Meinel, will address various types of this dangerous software. In addition to viruses, worms and Trojans, you will also learn what botnets and ransomware are and how they work. Lastly, the course team will provide you with helpful tips on how to effectively protect yourself from attacks. See you there!

Register at:

Participants who have completed all three courses in the Cybersecurity Course Series will have the opportunity to take an exam on the complete material beginning March 1, and to receive a certificate of achievement and a qualifying certificate for doing so. Click here for more information on the Cybersecurity Exam.

Computeranatomie - Ein Blick ins Innere deines Rechners
(Start March 10)

If you want to know how a computer is built and how the hardware components work and interact, you should enroll in the 2-week German-language course Computeranatomie - Ein Blick ins Innere deines Rechners. The student team consisting of Julia Joch, Tarik Alnawa and Henrik Guhl explains the most important components of a computer for beginners. Week 1 covers the CPU, RAM, hard drive and various connections, while week 2 focuses on the graphics card, mainboard, power supply, housing and cooling.

Click here to register:

EMOOCs 2021 - European MOOC Conference to take place in Potsdam

From June 22-25, the European MOOC Stakeholder Summit (EMOOCs) will take place at HPI in Potsdam as well as online. We would like to call on anyone who has something to contribute to the topic of MOOCs and scaling e-learning to submit a conference paper here.

More details about the conference program and the call for papers can be found here:

Reminder: Participate in study on MOOC use during Corona

If you have not yet participated in our online survey on the impact of Corona-related limitations, we would greatly appreciate your assistance with this important research topic here: Thank you.

Best regards and stay healthy,
the openHPI Team

Vaccination Courses on OpenWHO & Cybersecurity Exam on openHPI

As we begin the new year – and close an unprecedented year for global health – we wanted to take a minute to notify you that a free online course on COVID-19 vaccination is available to anyone interested on WHO’s learning platform You can access the training here:

Please feel free to share the link with your networks and include it as a resource on your websites so we can bring this life-saving knowledge to an even larger audience. We are counting on you to help us spread the word, as the world faces the consequences and fatigue of the first year of the pandemic.

The OpenWHO platform is continuing to expand its course offerings and was recently recognized at the Learning Technologies Awards for the ‘Best international digital transformation of a training programme in response to COVID-19.’ If you are interested, there are 150 COVID-19 courses available on the platform across more than 40 languages.

Cybersecurity Course Series just started - Join now!

We would like to remind you that the first course of openHPI's cybersecurity series has started. If you are interested in the topic of cryptography, you should have a look at "Confidential communication in the Internet". In the first week of the course, you will learn how the security situation looks like and which interesting attacks have occurred. Furthermore, the course team wants to discuss with you what the basic security objectives are and how we can implement them.

It is still possible to join the course and get a marked confirmation of participation. There is also the possibility to take a Cybersecurity exam in March on the content of all three cybersecurity courses (Confidential Communication in the Internet, Digital Identities, Cyberthreats by Malware) and get a qualified certificate or record of achievement.

MOOCs in Times of COVID-19

Furthermore, we would be very happy if you support our work by participating in this online survey: In it, we would like to find out how you experience the time of COVID-related restrictions and how this affects your educational, professional, or family situation.

Wishing you a safe and healthy 2021.

Best regards,
the openHPI team

openHPI Course Program, EMOOCs, and Microcredential

We wish you all a happy and healthy new year! Look forward with us to a varied course program and exciting events around digital learning.

In the following, please read more about these topics:
1. Our new online courses for 2021
2. Invitation to submit a paper at EMOOCs & L@S conference
3. Microcredential on Co-Innovation starting in April

openHPI Course Program 2021

Already next week, on January 13, we will start the new year with a series of three short courses on cybersecurity. The two-week English-language courses Confidential Communication in the Internet, Digital Identities and Cyberthreats: Malware will be taught by Prof. Christoph Meinel. They show what risks the Internet poses and what security precautions you should take against them. If you wish, you can take the Cybersecurity exam on the material from all three courses and receive a qualified certificate, which is otherwise only issued for six-week courses.

Starting March 17, Prof. Meinel and book author Tatiana Gayvoronskaya will reveal what's behind blockchain technology and what it's currently being used for.

Enroll in the two-week English-language course Blockchain - Revealing the Myth here:

Process mining describes a technique that allows companies to better understand their business processes based on collected data and its analysis. Starting May 5, Prof. Mathias Weske (HPI) and Prof. Henrik Leopold (KLU) will talk about the concept in a 2-week English-language course.

Register here for the course A Step-by-Step Introduction to Process Mining:

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Ina Haarhoff, HPI's legal advisor, will offer a 4-week course on data protection for beginners in German starting on May 26. Among other things, she will discuss the rights of the individuals affected and possible responses to data breaches.

Click here to register:

After the huge success of last year's course "Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Beginners" with almost 12,000 participants, there will be a more in-depth version starting on October 6, 2021. Under the title Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Practice, HPI master students Johannes Hötter and Christian Warmuth will show participants how to apply their acquired AI knowledge in practice, for example, in analyzing the content statements of newspaper articles.

Registration is possible at:

In November, programming enthusiasts will get their money's worth. The 2-week German-language course Algorithms and Data Structures with Detective Duke starts on Nov. 24. In it, the openHPI course team led by Christiane Hagedorn, Sebastian Serth and Dr. Thomas Staubitz will delve into some of the content from the Object-Oriented Programming in Java course and, in particular, discuss iterators and the advantages of certain data structures depending on the use case.

Register here:

More courses, e.g. on connected healthcare, corporate security incidents, web technologies and digital entrepreneurship are being planned and will be published on the website soon.

EMOOCs & L@S Conference 2021

This year, the Hasso Plattner Institute will host the largest European MOOC conference, EMOOCs 2021 (European MOOC Stakeholder Summit), which will take place in parallel with the Learning at Scale conference from June 22-25, 2021. Depending on how things develop, we will hold the conference as a face-to-face event in Potsdam. Online participation in the conference will be possible in any case.

All info on tracks & call for papers (deadline: February 15):

Co-Innovation MasterClass

In April, the Co-Innovation MasterClass will start on our partner platform, to which we cordially invite you. The program is aimed equally at students, representatives of startups and of large companies. The prerequisite for participation in the online course, for which students can receive 6 ECTS credits, is proof of participation in the course "Co-Innovation Journey for Startups and Corporates". Missed the course last year? No problem. It is still available for self-study.

Please note: Participation in the Microcredential is limited. All information about the structure, content and the link to the registration form can be found here:

We would be pleased if you would take advantage of our openHPI offers again this year and also draw your friends and colleague’s attention to the constantly growing range of offers.

Best regards
The openHPI Team

Learning Technologies Award for OpenWHO

In recent years, the World Health Organization (WHO) and openHPI team have worked closely together to provide online training for healthcare professionals worldwide. In the Corona year, the OpenWHO platform reached its peak to date, with participation numbers exceeding 4.7 million.

We are very excited to be were awarded the "Learning Technologies Award 2020" in Gold in the category "Best international digital transformation of a training program in response to COVID-19" for this effort. The 61-member jury was particularly impressed by the rapid scalability of the platform technology. In total, more than 500 projects from over 300 countries submitted entries.

openHPI is starting the new year with a series of 3 cybersecurity courses!

The year is drawing to a close and preparations for 2021 are in full swing.

openHPI will start on January 13, 2021, with a series of three two-week courses on cybersecurity in English:

  • Confidential Communication in the Internet: In this course, participants learn, for example, whether and to what extent their connection to online banking is secure and whether the content of an e-mail is trustworthy. To this end, we will introduce the basics of cryptography, familiarize participants with different types of encryption, and highlight security objectives. In addition, the course team will provide insights into different models and standards used in practice.

Click here to register:

  • Digital Identities: Here you will learn what digital identities are, which types exist, and how they can be verified - but also attacked. Furthermore, we reveal helpful tips on how to protect yourself against identity theft.

Click here to register:

  • Cyberthreats: Malware: The Internet is increasingly becoming a place for criminal activity. In this course, we will teach you which malware and methods the perpetrators use to carry out the most common attacks. Of course, we also want to cover protective defense measures, for example against e-mail campaigns with malicious attachments that smuggle in the dangerous Trojan malware "Emotet" when opened. This is considered one of the biggest malware threats in the world and is currently causing a great deal of damage to the networks of companies, institutions, and private individuals.

Click here to register:

The basic courses, which are aimed at interested Internet users with no prior knowledge, are led by Institute Director Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel.

Special extra: Starting March 1, 2021, an exam covering the material from all three courses will be offered. Participants can achieve a record of achievement or qualified certificate if they successfully pass the cybersecurity exam, which is otherwise only awarded for six-week courses.

In addition to cybersecurity, primary topics in the free online courses in 2021 include artificial intelligence, blockchain technology, and programming with Java. Find out about the current status of program planning here, and sign up now at Feel free to share this message with friends and colleagues who might be interested in this free learning offer.

EMOOCs 2021 - Call for Papers is published

The seventh European MOOC Stakeholder Summit (EMOOCs) will be hosted at Hasso Plattner Institute Potsdam, Germany, from June 22-25, 2021. We invite experts in the area of MOOCs and e-Learning to submit their proposal.
We hope that it will be possible to offer an on-site program for all those who can come in person, however, there definitely also will be options for speakers and participants to attend the conference completely online.

Check out the 6 tracks and additional workshops here:

Our best wishes to you for happy holidays! Have a good New Year and stay healthy,
The openHPI team

Survey on MOOCs in Times of the Corona Pandemic

Dear Learning Community,

In the context of the Corona Pandemic and the restrictions it has imposed, we would like to further improve our free course offerings for you.

Therefore, we have developed an online survey on the role of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in times of the Corona Pandemic. We are interested in how you experience the time of Corona-related restrictions and how this affects your educational, professional, or family situation.

You can access the survey here:

Your participation is voluntary and can be revoked at any time. The evaluation of this survey is anonymous and does not allow any conclusions to be drawn about your person.

If you have any questions regarding this online survey, please contact:

We would be very pleased about your participation!

Your openHPI team

Reminder: New Courses on openHPI

We would like to invite you to two new openHPI courses which started just yesterday:

Programmieren lernen mit Python (started on October 27)

The popular course "Programmieren lernen mit Python" (in German) has been completely revised by the openHPI student team. Learn the basics of the programming language Python. You can open and execute many practical programming tasks directly in your web browser.

Enroll now:

Knowledge Graphs (started on October 27)

Also yesterday the six-week English-language course on Knowledge Graphs by Prof. Dr. Harald Sack and Dr. Mehwish Alam (FIZ Karlsruhe and KIT) started. Participants will get to know - in simple terms - database systems on the Internet that collect many frequently entered search words and display related content. Probably the best known knowledge graph is Google's.
To follow the course, you should have a basic knowledge of web and database technologies as well as statistics and probability theory.

Enroll now:

Future of Computing - On the Road to Quantum (start on 3 November)

Next week the three-week English-language course Future of Computing - On the Road to Quantum, which Prof. Dr. Andreas Polze has realized together with experts from IBM, will start. Find out what computer systems of the future will make up and which application can benefit most from which resource. How can aspects such as reliability, high availability, and serviceability of systems be improved using sophisticated hardware and operating systems and cross-platform programs - i.e. middleware? The course aims at people who have basic knowledge in computer science and algorithms.

Enroll now:

We would be happy to welcome you to the courses. Feel free to share this course information with friends, colleagues, and acquaintances.

Best regards and stay healthy,
the openHPI team

New course starts and events on openHPI in fall 2020

Dear learning community,

We are looking forward to an extensive and hopefully exciting fall course program at openHPI, to which we would like to invite you all.

openHPI forum - October 14 to 28

The openHPI-Forum, HPI's conference on MOOCs and digital learning, will take place virtually for the first time this year - as a two-week "event course" (in English) on openHPI. Under the title "Lessons learned about digital education in times of crisis", we want to discuss with you how the coronavirus pandemic affects online education in various areas of life. In addition to numerous video contributions by actors in this field, there will also be opportunities for interaction: On Friday, October 16 and Friday, October 23, interested listeners can participate in a virtual live panel on the topic of "Sharing digital teaching and learning experiences". Afterward, there will be the opportunity to participate in various workshops offered by our partner platforms openSAP, OpenWHO, and

Do you want to take a look behind the scenes of openHPI? Then register here for free:

Knowledge Graphs (in English) - Starts on October 27

The new course by Prof. Dr. Harald Sack and Dr. Mehwish Alam (FIZ Karlsruhe) shows how so-called knowledge graphs make web research more efficient. The title of the six-week course in English is "Knowledge Graphs". Knowledge graphs are - to put it simply - database systems on the Internet that collect many frequently entered search words and display related content. Probably the best-known knowledge graph is Google's knowledge graph.

The course is aimed at computer science students, young professionals, and scientists from the fields of ITC, semantic web, ML, and AI as well as experts in digital humanities and cultural heritage. To complete the course, participants should have a basic knowledge of web and database technologies, statistics, and probability theory.

Did we spark your interest? Then please enroll here:

Programmieren lernen mit Python (in German) - Starts on October 27

The course "Programmieren lernen mit Python" introduces the basics of the programming language Python which is widely used in the industry. In the four-week German-language course, participants learn the basics of Python and can write their small programs already during the course. The proven programming environment CodeOcean is used, which enables programming directly in the web browser.

Did we spark your interest? Then please enroll here:

Future of Computing (in English) - Starts on November 3

The role that quantum computers play for future technologies and trends is the subject of a new online course that Prof. Dr. Andreas Polze is running together with IBM experts Hildegard Gerhardy and Dr. Wolfgang Maier. In the three-week English-language course "Future of Computing - on the Road to Quantum", participants will learn what will make computer systems of the future. Which application can benefit most from which resource? How can sophisticated hardware and operating systems and cross-platform programs - i.e. middleware - be used to improve aspects such as system reliability, high availability, and serviceability? The topics taught in the course are aimed at IT interested people who have basic knowledge in computer science and algorithms.

Did we spark your interest? Then please enroll here:

Best regards, see you soon!
The openHPI team

Online Course "Mastering Design Thinking in Organisations" starts on October 13

Dear Learning Community,

We are looking forward to a new course on Design Thinking starting on October 13, 2020. Prof. Dr. Falk Uebernickel and Dr. Danielly de Paula will introduce how design thinking can be implemented in a company or organisation.

During the two-week course in English, you will have the opportunity to discover some practical examples and success stories. Learners will get to know which cultural and organizational changes are necessary when implementing design thinking in a company. The course aims at anyone interested in innovation, in particular, CTOs and R&D heads as well as students of innovation management.

Could we spark your interest? Click here to register:

We would be happy to welcome you to the course. Please feel free to share this course with friends who are interested in Design Thinking.

Kind regards,
The openHPI-Team

Cybersec Exam and Course on Computational Learning

Cybersecurity Basics exam from 5 October

The Cybersecurity Exam (in German) has become an integral part of the openHPI program. From October 5 to November 2, interested parties will again have the opportunity to take the exam on the content of the three workshop courses Datensicherheit im Netz, Digitale Identitäten, Blockchain - Sicherheit auch ohne Trust Center. This is an attractive offer - especially since you can also obtain a qualified certificate as proof of performance in addition to the regular certificate.

A confirmation of participation in these three workshops is a prerequisite for taking the exam. These can be obtained by participants after the end of the course (in self-study), provided they have viewed at least 80 percent of the course content.

Please enroll here for the cybersecurity exam:

A new course introduces the basics of computational learning

A new course in English is part of the openHPI's Artificial Intelligence program. In her course "Computational Learning Theory and Beyond", HPI scientist Karen Seidel introduces the basics of computational learning. In her course, the Ph.D. student will start from a practical and illustrative task - binary classification. With the help of algorithms from the field of supervised machine learning, a correct rule for how to classify elements of a given set into two groups based on defined properties will be derived.

Her interest lies in strategies that work not only for a given classification but more universally - for a given family of similar tasks. During the course, participants will become familiar with different learning models, all of which are based on a modular structure.

The course is aimed at students of mathematics, computer science, or related disciplines, as well as anyone interested in AI models and with a profound mathematical understanding.

Could we spark your interest? Click here to register:

Coming soon: Online Course "Digital Health für Einsteiger" (in German)

On September 22nd we will start our basic course on Digital Health (in German), to which we would like to invite you.

Here's what it's all about
In the two-week course, participants receive a current and broad overview of the topic. The three HPI professors Prof. Dr. Erwin Böttinger, Prof. Dr. Bert Arnrich, and Prof. Dr. Christoph Lippert want to give the openHPI learners an insight into the challenges and trends in the fields of artificial intelligence, sensor technologies, and personalized medicine. Also, the ethical and legal aspects of Digital Health will play a role in the course.

Who is the course for?
With this course, we would like to address people who are interested in the topic and who have no previous technical or medical knowledge. If you would like to learn more about digital health and the opportunities it offers, please register here:

We look forward to seeing you in the course! You are also welcome to share this course note with colleagues and friends who might be interested in the topic.

A Half Century of Internet - Enrollment still possible
Furthermore, we would like to invite you to join the English course "A Half Century of Internet". In week 2 which was published recently, you will learn more about computer networks. What are bits and bytes? How does data get from the computer "into" the cable and then to the receiver's computer? How does the transmission work and which different devices are involved? These are the questions Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel and his team will discuss in this course week. Sounds interesting to you?

Then please enroll here:

More English courses will start in October. You can look forward to new courses on Computational Learning Theory, Mastering Design Thinking in Organizations, and Knowledge Graphs.

Most active openHPI learners live in southern Germany

In 25 major German cities, the learning activities of users of open online courses on digitisation topics have more than doubled compared to 2018. This is the result of a study by the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI). It has been offering such courses free of charge on its learning platform openHPI since 2012. According to the analysis, eight of the 25 major cities even show growth rates of between 200 and almost 290 percent for IT courses on the net.

"Throughout Germany, we are observing an impressively increasing interest on a broad front in acquiring basic digital knowledge or refreshing it through our online courses," says HPI Director Prof. Christoph Meinel. This trend towards more digital learning has become even stronger since the beginning of the corona virus pandemic.

Artificial Intelligence for Beginners starts on September 8

On September 1st, the new Internetworking course started on openHPI (in English). Under the title "A Half Century of Internet: How it works today", Prof. Christoph Meinel gives an overview of the development of the Internet and important personalities who have shaped the Internet. In the first week which is already published, you'll learn more about the Internet of Things and Cloud Computing, about the meaning of Digital Transformation, and about the breathtaking changes the Internet has on our lives.

If you want to learn what artificial intelligence is and how self-learning programs work, you should enroll in the new openHPI course "Künstliche Intelligenz und maschinelles Lernen für Einsteiger" (in German), which starts in one week (September 8th). The course instructors and master students Johannes Hötter and Christian Warmuth explicitly address beginners without programming experience.

Here you can find the registration form:

We look forward to seeing you in class.

Reminder: A Half-Century of Internet Starts on September 1st

In one week from now, it's finally happening: after a long summer break, openHPI starts on September 1st with an English language course on "A Half-Century Internet: How it works today" into the second half of the year.

Here's what it's all about
The Internet is celebrating an anniversary: This groundbreaking technology has been around for half a century and has changed the lives of more than 4 billion people worldwide. On this occasion, we want to take a look at how the Internet works today. How do large Internet companies and governments use the Internet? To what extent does the Internet provide access to better educational opportunities? What basic rules should we follow when communicating via the Internet? Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel and his team will shed light on these and many other aspects of the course.

Who is the target audience of this course?
After offering the course in German last year, we would now like to open this offer to our international audience in an updated form. No previous knowledge is necessary for participation. Everyone who travels on the Internet, whether for business or pleasure, will be able to take something with them from the course. As usual on openHPI, participants can obtain a record of achievement, a confirmation of participation, or a qualified certificate.

Go to the registration form here:

We look forward to seeing you in class! Please share this course info with colleagues, friends, and anyone who might be interested in the topic.

Course Starts: Internetworking, Artificial intelligence, and Digital Health

We are happy to announce three new openHPI courses in September. We look forward to seeing you there!

A Half Century of Internet: How it works today starting on September 1

For more than half a century, the Internet has been changing the world. Its revolutionary form of transmitting all kinds of data between places on the planet has made the network of networks the indispensable backbone of societies. In this 6-week course for beginners by Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel, which starts on 1 September, you will learn how the Internet works today.

Enroll now:

Künstliche Intelligenz und maschinelles Lernen für Einsteiger (in German) starting on September 8

In this course, students, and others who are interested but have had no previous programming experience or technical background knowledge, learn to understand the world of machine learning and artificial intelligence. This 4-week course held by HPI students Johannes Hötter and Christian Warmuth starts on September 8.

Enroll now:

Digital Health für Einsteiger (in German) starts on September 22

The progressive digitalization of the medical field will dramatically continue to alter the health care landscape in the years to come. Technical innovations in the fields of hardware and software will allow more personalized prevention, diagnoses, and therapies, which will mean better healthcare and lower costs in the long run. In this course, beginners will learn how digital technologies improve health care. The course is held by the HPI professors Erwin Böttinger, Bert Arnrich, and Christoph Lippert and starts on September 22.

Enroll now:

1 Million Unique Learners on openSAP

Our partner platform openSAP has reason to celebrate - it has broken the barrier of 1 million learners. We congratulate you on this achievement!
We have been working together with the openSAP team for 7 years with great success. As the first enterprise platform for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), openSAP offers a variety of free online courses - topics range from SAP's latest innovations to digital transformation and contributions from global thought leaders. We are looking forward to the further cooperation and to reaching the next milestone together!

Course Starts and Campaigns on openHPI

We are happy to provide you with the latest course tips and information about the openHPI platform today.

Let's Git starts on June 3rd

only a few days left until the start of the first openHPI Git course "Let's Git - Version Management and OpenSource" (in German with English subtitles)! Over 5,000 students have already registered. Join us and learn more about the many uses of Git. Not only programmers are welcome to this 4-week, hands-on course, but anyone who wants to learn about version control and working in open source projects. The student course team has prepared a practical exercise for you, which is offered bilingually (German, English).

Tatort Internet - Mid-term Evaluation

The Tatort Internet course (in German) starts in the third week. Over 7,600 participants have already registered for the course. In week 3 the course team will deal with different types of malware. In two excursions the students also learn how firewalls and virus scanners work. Lively discussions are also held in the forum: In the discussion on the topic "Good hackers, bad hackers" for example there are already more than 160 answers. For those who are interested: It is still possible to join the course.

Archive Courses with Certificates - Campaign runs until 30 June

In selected archived courses, openHPI students can take an exam and receive a certificate. This special offer runs until June 30th and applies to the following courses:

We wish you all the best, have fun learning and stay healthy!

The openHPI Team

Tatort Internet - New online course on Internet safety starts on 13 May

In one week the six-week online course "Tatort Internet - attack vectors and protection measures" (in German) will start, to which we cordially invite you. In this "crime thriller" Prof. Christoph Meinel will take you into the world of cyber attacks and demonstrate how to protect yourself as an Internet user in the best possible way, for example by choosing strong passwords or encryption.

Here's what it's all about
A survey carried out a few days ago among the participants already registered shows that 54 percent (of 654 respondents) have already had a malicious program on their computer or smartphone. 39 percent reported password theft to the HPI, 21 percent reported fraud during online shopping and four percent reported theft during online banking. Multiple answers were possible.
In order to prevent such attacks, simple rules are often sufficient, which every Internet user should take to heart. In this course, the HPI director wants to give a basic understanding of how the Internet works and show how users can avoid the most common dangers on the net. In addition, the course team will discuss the impact of the ubiquitous Internet on privacy. For example, what role do the smart home as well as fitness trackers and social media play? Users should be enabled to protect not only their physical identity but also their digital identity so that they do not fall victim to fraudsters.

Who is the course for?
No previous knowledge is required to participate. Anyone who uses the Internet, whether for business or pleasure, will be able to take something with them from the course. As usual at openHPI, students can obtain a confirmation of participation, a record of achievement, or a qualified certificate.

We are looking forward to having you on board!

Best regards
openHPI Team

Course tip: Let's Git starts on 3 June

June 3rd we will see the start of the course "Let's Git - Version Management and Open Source" (in German), to which we would like to invite you.

What is it about?
Project work in a team is often complicated. But what if not just a handful of people, but thousands of developers scattered around the world work together on a project? This course is designed to introduce you to Git. You can use this tool to manage different versions of files, such as text, images, and code. On the other hand, it's essential for any developer who wants to collaborate with others on open source projects. Github is one of the biggest git platforms with about 40 million members, which we will introduce to you in the course. Linux, Mozilla or Gimp are just three well-known examples of open source projects that would not have become what they are today without the collaboration of people from all over the world.

In the first two weeks of the course, we'll be teaching you the basics of Git. In week 3, we're going to deepen this in a practical exercise where you'll learn how to work together in open source projects while building a website, and how to move a project forward by working through issues - all without any programming knowledge at all! In week 4 we will help you to make your first contribution to an Open Source project so that you can continue directly after the course. Equipped with this knowledge you will be able to master the final exam in week 4 and after the course you will be able to make many contributions to all kinds of projects.

Who's this class for?

In order to successfully participate in the course, you should know

  • basic English skills (as many of the terms that will be covered in the course are in English) and
  • have a general understanding of how to use computers.

No programming experience is necessary. Anyone who is interested in getting started with programming and getting familiar with the Open Source world is welcome here. But we explicitly want to address non-programmers as well. Git can be used for versioning any file (image, text files) and is therefore also interesting for working in large projects.

Teaching Team
The course was developed as part of a seminar by HPI students. openHPI colleagues Christiane Hagedorn and Thomas Staubitz supervised the student team.

Are you curious? Then you should register right away:

We look forward to seeing you in class! With this in mind: Let's Git started!

Many greetings
the openHPI Team

Special offer: Get a Record of Achievement in Selected Courses

Time and again openHPI users ask for certificates for archived courses. Especially now, in times when many people have to spend more time at home than usual due to the coronavirus, the demand for free learning is growing.

Complete the course by 30 June and receive your certificate

The openHPI team has therefore come up with something: We have reopened the exams for a number of particularly popular courses. Those interested can take the following courses from the last years on their own - but with exam and certificate:

The campaign is limited until 30 June.

In these courses, the forum is only available in read-only mode, i.e. without the opportunity to exchange ideas with the other participants. Unfortunately there is currently no capacity for moderation.

Maybe you are already enrolled in some of the courses, but then you didn't find the time to stay. Then now would be the opportunity!

How does the cooperation between companies and start-ups become a success?

Another course tip: Next week, the English-language course "Co-Innovation Journey for Startups and Corporates", which the openHPI team has realized as part of an EU project with partners from Austria, Poland, Finland and Portugal, will start. This 6-week course is primarily aimed at founders, managers, students and innovators. Based on many practical examples, participants learn how cooperation between start-ups, companies and universities can be successful and what benefits all participants can derive from it.

We wish you much fun and success!
the openHPI Team

Current Information on the Corona Virus on openHPI

Due to recent events, the Hasso Plattner Institute has decided to provide a collection of material with videos, links and further information about the novel corona virus at openHPI. In consultation with the Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA), for example, a video with frequently asked questions was included. Under the learning content "OpenWHO" also non-German speaking citizens can find current courses and information about the coronavirus in different languages (provided by the World Health Organization).

The carefully compiled collection of material with facts about the virus can be found at

This is not an online course as you are used to from openHPI, but a pure compilation of information for this particular situation. The discussion forum is therefore not activated in this course.

We hope that we can make a small contribution to contain the pandemic. Stay healthy!

openHPI courses under free license
Against the background of school closures, we are receiving more and more inquiries concerning the use of the online courses at openHPI. Therefore, we would like to emphasize again that all learning content on openHPI is under free license (CC BY-NC-SA). You may use it for teaching and learning purposes - a source reference to openHPI is sufficient.

New Programming Courses for Students
Two student courses (in German) start next week: Java - Object-Oriented Programming for Students is aimed at the upper school (from grade 10). Python - Learning to program through play is intended to introduce pupils from grade 7 onwards to the Python programming language through play.

Best regards
the openHPI team

Great New Features on openHPI

Today, the openHPI developer team presents two new features which will hopefully make the use of the platform more comfortable for learners.

Better Search Functions in the Forum

Again and again, participants have asked for a better search function in the discussion forum. We have worked on this feature and are happy to announce that the new improved full text search is available now. This means that search requests are a lot easier and results more exact - from now on you should (hopefully) find what you are looking for. Just try it! We are looking forward to your feedback!

New Platform Language Spanish

We are delighted to announce to all Spanish speakers that, in addition to being offered in German, English, and Chinese, the platform is now available in Spanish. Choose your language from the above menu on the right (next to your profile image).

Just started: Introduction to Deep Learning for Computer Vision

Everyone who is interested in artificial intelligence and deep learning, and would like to learn more about it, should visit our course: "Practical Introduction in Deep Learning for Computer Vision" (in German). The teaching team consists of five HPI students who aim to give a practice-oriented insight into the topic. The first week just started - Check it out!

No matter if you have to stay home because of the current situation, or if you go to work or your place of study: openHPI offers a flexible way of learning, whenever and wherever you want.

Have fun learning!

Best regards
the openHPI Team

Online Course on Deep Learning starts on March 11

We are happy to announce our next course "A Practical Introduction into Deep Learning for Computer Vision" (in German) which starts on March 11.

A Practical Introduction into Deep Learning for Computer Vision

What is the course about?

If computers are trained to recognize objects, deep learning techniques are used. Typical use cases are: Face recognition of photos, object recognition for autonomous driving, text recognition for automatic translations. In this 4-week course participants learn how artificial neural networks work. A team of 5 HPI students will show you how you can develop and use these abstract models of linked neurons yourself. In the in-depth supplement, the team shows how networks are trained to distinguish between original and fake images and to create images artificially that appear realistic.

Who should attend the course?
To successfully participate in the course you should have basic programming knowledge, e.g. Python, and advanced mathematical skills at a high school level.

Teaching Team: The course was developed by HPI students during a seminar.

Interested? Then we welcome you to enroll in the course here:

All of you who are looking for a low-threshold introduction to the topic, will be glad to know about our course starting on September 8: Artificial intelligence and machine learning for beginners (in German). This course has been developed by HPI students, too, but requires no prior programming knowledge.

Just started: Object-oriented programming in Java - Join now

It's the first week of the 4-week hands-on course "Object-oriented programming in Java" (in German). If you are keen on learning programming in Java in a fun way, we invite you to join the learning community - more than 7,000 participants are already enrolled.

Teaching Team: The Teaching Team consists of research assistants and students of HPI.

Innovation - Yes, please!

Last, but not least, we would like to invite you to our course "Co-Innovation Journey for Startups and Corporates" (in English). This 6-week course is especially aimed at entrepreneurs, managers, and students. Using practical examples, the international CORSHIP teaching team shows how the collaboration between corporates, startups, and universities can be a success.

Teaching Team: The developing team consists of experts from universities (FH Joanneum, Austria; Cracow University of Economics, Poland; Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, Finland; Hasso Plattner Institute, Germany), businesses (AVL List GmbH, Austria; Beta-i, Portugal), and the European Startup Network.

See you soon in the course.

Best regards
The openHPI Team

Course start: Object-oriented programming in Java (in German)

On March 4, 2020, we start our new openHPI course "Object-Oriented Programming in Java" (in German). We look forward to seeing you there!

In this four-week hands-on course, we deal with the basics of object-oriented programming and solve a mysterious kidnapping case together with detective Duke. Through programming tasks, which you can solve directly in the browser, you will acquire practical knowledge in Java. To successfully complete the course, you should plan on 4-6 hours of time per week.

Register now:

Save the date

You can now register for the Internet Security course (in German) by Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel. The six-week course will start on 13 May 2020. In addition, from 5 October 2020 there will be the opportunity to take the Cybersecurity Basics - Exam again.

openHPI at the didacta

Meet us from 24 to 28 March 2020 at the didacta - education fair in Stuttgart! Together with the mobile recording solution tele-TASK and the HPI Schul-Cloud you will find the openHPI team at the booth of the Hasso Plattner Institute. We are looking forward to your visit in hall 9 (booth B30).

Best regards,
The openHPI Team

Course starts: Object-oriented programming in Java and Neural Networks

Dear Learning Community,

We are happy to announce two new openHPI courses in German language in March. We look forward to seeing you there!

On March 4, 2020, we start our new openHPI course Object-oriented programming in Java (German). With this course, we want to familiarize young people and adults with object-oriented programming. We’ll do this using the programming language Java. Register now:

On March 11, 2020, we start our new openHPI course Practical introduction to Deep Learning for Computer Vision (German). Buzzwords like neural networks, artificial intelligence and deep learning are on everyone's lips. In this course, we give an introduction to artificial neural networks and artificial intelligence. There will be videos covering theoretical knowledge, supplemented by practical exercises. Register now:

Best regards,
The openHPI Team

Course: Data Engineering & Data Science (in German)

The openHPI Team wishes you all the best for 2020!

On January 8, 2020, we start our new openHPI course “Data Engineering and Data Science” (currently available in German language only). We look forward to seeing you there!

The buzzwords artificial intelligence, data science, data engineering and big data have dominated headlines for several years. In this course, we want to fill these terms with basic content and understand the typical work steps of a data scientist.

You want to learn more about Data Engineering and Data Science? Then enroll here at:

Best regards,
The openHPI Team

Happy holidays and course program 2020

We look back on a successful 2019 with many new participants and exciting discussions. Many thanks to everyone who accompanied and supported us!

The openHPI team says goodbye for this year. We have just published the course program for 2020.

With courses on Data Engineering and Data Science (in German), our popular Java course for beginners (in German), a new edition of the Design Thinking course, a course on Internetworking and a course on Knowledge Graphs we offer you again a diverse program.

Further courses, such as programming with Python, Deep Learning, version management with Git and Design Thinking will follow in January. Therefore, it is worthwhile to check the openHPI page.

Have a look at our program and enroll your courses:

We wish you a Merry Christmas and look forward to seeing you again next year at openHPI.

Best regards,
The openHPI Team

Courses: Data Engineering & Data Science (in German) and Co-Innovation Journey for Startups and Corporates

Dear Learning Community,

On January 8, 2020, we start our new openHPI course “Data Engineering and Data Science” (in German). We look forward to seeing you there!

The buzzwords artificial intelligence, data science, data engineering and big data have dominated headlines for several years. In this course, we want to fill these terms with basic content and understand the typical work steps of a data scientist.

You want to learn more about Data Engineering and Data Science? Then enroll here at:

Good to know

You can find out more about Data Engineering in the current episode of the Neuland Podcast (in German).

Course "Co-Innovation Journey for Startups and Corporates"

Together with our European partners from the CORSHIP project, we are offering a course on Startup-Corporate collaboration from April 22, 2020. In times of a more disruptive, complex and dynamic world than ever experienced before, innovation is no longer a luxury, but the precondition of business survival. Forward-thinking, established companies are turning innovation challenges into opportunities and are teaming up with fast, creative startups to disrupt jointly whole industries. This course will guide you on how to prepare, plan and implement a mutually beneficial collaboration, regardless if you are a startup, a corporate or generally interested to reap the potentials.

Are you joining us on our Co-Innovation Journey? Then enroll here at

Best regards,
The openHPI Team

Save the Date: openHPI-Forum - Social Learning

“Social Learning” will be the focus of the 6th openHPI Forum on November 28-29, 2019. With their large number of course participants and the opportunity for exchange and discussion in forums, MOOCs are in principal aimed at creating an online learner community similar to the one in classroom courses. But which influence have concepts and technologies that use game-based learning, gamification, collaborative learning, peer assessment etc. on the learning experience and above all on learning success in MOOCs?

Join us for discussions with:

  • Olivier Crouzet, 42
  • Prof. Dr. Dirk Ifenthaler, University of Mannheim
  • Prof. Dr. Marco Kalz, University of Heidelberg
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Johannes Konert, Beuth University Berlin
  • Michaela Lämmler, openSAP
  • Clemens Link, openSAP
  • Dr. Claudia Nicolai, HPI School of Design Thinking
  • Heini Utunen, WHO Health Emergencies Programme

...and of course the team of openHPI.

We would like to invite you to this year’s Forum and look forward to your registration. Participation is free of charge. Further information may be found on our website. Please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail ( in case of questions.

The technology that changed the world – 50 years of Internet (course in German language)

The Internet is celebrating its 50th birthday. It has changed humanity in so many areas of life. But how does this "network of networks" actually work? We would like to show it to you on the occasion of our 20th HPI birthday and the 50th anniversary of the birth of the Internet. The course starts on 28th October 2019. You can register at

In 1969, the year of the first moon landing and the legendary Woodstock festival, no one knew that the network of just four connected computers in California would create an infrastructure that now connects four billion people worldwide. But, to a majority of users, even today little is still known about what the technical construction principle of the network looks like and how the data packets find their way through the interconnected individual networks to the computer of the receiver.

What awaits you in the course?

  • Week 1 - Digitization of the World (introduction, history, humans in the center)
  • Week 2 - Computer Networks (bits and bytes, LAN, WLAN, WAN)
  • Week 3 - Network of Networks, internetworking, internet protocols
  • Week 4 - Transport through the Internet
  • Week 5 - Internet Applications (WWW, e-mail, social media)
  • Week 6 - Internet and Web Security (digital identities, cybercrime, risks, precautions)

You can deepen some of the more fundamental and technically advanced topics related to how the Internet works in the optional excursuses.

Target Group

If you understand German and you are interested in how the arriving digital world works and also in the historical and social significance of developments, you have come to the right place to also understand the functionality of the Internet. Programming skills are not required.

See you on 28 October 2019. We look forward to having you in the course!

P.S.: Our course Introduction to Successful Remote Teamwork has just started a few days ago. It is still not too late to register, none of the deadlines have passed yet.

New courses on openHPI and our partner platform openSAP! Be part of a research survey of HPI & MIT.

Dear Learning Community,

we hope you had a great summer and are looking forward to the second half of the year! The following are first news on the launch of the new courses.

Have fun while learning! Your openHPI team

Save the Date(s):

On August 28th the new Design Thinking Course with Mana Taheri, Karen von Schmieden & Lena Mayer begins.

In the following course, from September 4th onwards, Wilhelm Boeddinghaus (member of the German IPv6 Council) will take up the subject of network virtualization in 3 weeks. This course comes in addition to the MOOC: IPv6 in Modern Networks. (It is not neccessary to finish this course first.)

Hasso Plattner Institute and MIT - Joint Research on MOOCs

In addition, we are also pleased to participate in the survey of MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). They are part of a joint research project with the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) and will shed light on individual learning experiences in MOOCs. Of course the participation is anonymous.

We thank you for your support!

openSAP Nord new IT - beginner course!

On September 17th the course Computer Science for Beginners (Edition 2019) on our partner platform openSAP, offered by Prof. Dr. med. Eckart Modrow, starts. The course in computer science is filled with practical examples, which can be explored with the help of the graphical program environment snap!. Accompany the fictional character Henriette von Barenfeldt, a successful Egyptologist who makes a mysterious discovery during one of her scientific expeditions, and help solve exciting puzzles!

Good luck and fun with our courses!

New survey in co-operation with MIT and a new course after the summer break

Dear Learning Community,

We have been thrilled to have you as an active participant in our 2019 courses.
Before continuing with another Design Thinking course in August, please share your experience with other MOOC platforms or visit our course catalog.

Sincerely, your openHPI team!

Hasso Plattner Institute and MIT - Co-oporation in a research project with other MOOC platforms

Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) is currently cooperating in a research project by MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and with MOOC platforms including edX, FutureLearn, Coursera and others. As part of this research, we would invite you to take part in a short survey. The purpose of this survey is to explore your preferences and perceptions as a learner when attending MOOCs in different contexts. The data will be handled anonymously, and only aggregated data will be shared with other research partners.

Thank you for your participation and support!

We`re heading off into our summer break!

The whole team of openHPI thanks you for the extensive resonance and active participation in our courses!

Did you miss one of the courses?
Of course you always have the option to access the teaching content for private study even after the course has finished.

We are looking forward to an exciting second half of the year!

A new Course will start on 28 August 2019 : "Human-Centered Design: Building and Testing Prototypes"

This course introduces you to helpful skills for making an idea tangible and testing it with potential users. We use a task-based approach to build these skills. You will learn to take an idea to the next level and build a simple prototype, plan a testing scenario and collect feedback. This MOOC builds on the 2018 “From Synthesis to Creative Ideas” course, but you can also take it as a stand-alone MOOC. The assignments are designed for individual work.

5 new openHPI courses & an innovative method of examination in May

Dear Learning Community,

Today we would like to introduce the next five openHPI courses on the future of computing, minicomputer, Design Thinking, business processes as well as IT security and an innovative feature that makes it possible to earn a "Record of Achievement" or "Qualified Certificate," something which can usually only be done in six-week courses.

How can we master the exponential growth of data?

As more and more unstructured data, such as the Internet of Things, is created and needs to be analyzed it is necessary to pursue new approaches in software development. The openHPI course “Future of Computing - IBM POWER9 and Beyond” deals with the provision of microservices, container solutions and cloud-based applications as well as new basic technologies, such as artificial intelligence, and blockchain technologies. Use cases are provided by the companies Vattenfall and Bosch. For the free online course, in addition to the regular Record of Achievement, a Qualified Certificate from the Hasso Plattner Institute can also be obtained. Universities are free to decide on the allocation of ECTS credits for students.

You can enroll in this Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) starting on May 1 here!

How can I build a remote control car or a monitoring system for plants by myself?

In the two-week online course “Wie programmiere ich meinen ersten Mini-Computer?,” starting on May 2 in German, two master students from the Hasso Plattner Institute introduce initial programming experience to young people. Twenty-three-year old Lisa Ihde and her fellow student Daniel-Amadeus Glöckner (24) show their participants how to readout sensors, to control motors and to actuate LED lights. Lisa and Deus assembled their openHPI course out of many different practical tasks. The level of difficulty increases, but the tasks can be finished independently, too.

You can enroll now via this link!

Design Thinking: Beyond Brockhaus Thinking

Design Thinking is an innovation approach that has evolved through the past 12 years from a university program at Stanford and HPI Potsdam to a globally respected and universally applied set of methods and tools for supporting and driving change towards a networked culture in organizations. The course “Beyond Brockhaus Thinking: With Design Thinking to a Networked Culture” starting on May 8 is an introduction to the core principles of Design Thinking. It explains the innovation method’s cultural impact and inspires us in actively using Design Thinking at the organizational level.

Please enroll here!

Business Processes: Modeling, Simulation, Execution

This year markets and rules of the economic system are experiencing dynamic change. In the English-language online course starting on 15 May: “Business Processes: Modeling, Simulation, Execution” the main concepts for describing and analyzing business processes and decisions will be presented. Experts from the companies Signavio (Decision Modeling and Simulation of Business Processes) and Camunda (Concepts and Methods for Developing Executable Business Processes) will also offer practical knowledge on the management of business processes. During the course, these providers grant free access to their respective software. For the free online course, you can also obtain a qualified certificate in addition to the regular certificate.

Registrations are possible via this link!

Security for your mail communication

E-mail is one of the most important communication mediums of our time. However, the technology leaves much to be desired in terms of safety. E-mail users can neither be sure that outsiders don’t read their messages, nor that they arrive at the recipient without any changes. Appropriate security measures - the so called end-to end encryption as well as digital signatures - have to be managed by users themselves. In the openHPI workshop “Communicating Securely Via E-mail,” starting on 12 June, you will be taught practical exercises to teach fellow readers how to send and receive encrypted and digitally signed e-mails using free tools.

We welcome your registration here.

Innovative examination offer

We are pleased to announce a new platform feature that is now activated:

Do not miss the start of the Cybersecurity Basics exam next week! The three confirmations of participation in the courses Datensicherheit im Netz, Digitale Identitäten – Wer bin ich im Netz? and Blockchain – Sicherheit auch ohne Trust Center (in German), which you can still attain, enable you to take this exam. Thereby you can earn a Record of Achievement or qualified certificate, which is normally only possible in six-week courses.

> Interested? Then please enroll in the course here. The next possibility is in November we are already accepting registrations here.

Enjoy your courses! We look forward to your much-appreciated feedback and hope to see you soon!

Best wishes, your Open HPITeam

MOOC on Technology, Strategy and Leadership to be launched on, our partner platform on April 1 (in German)

Dear learning community,

We are pleased to announce a new MOOC on the channel of acatech - German Academy of Science and Engineering on, our partner platform, which starts on April 1st. After Hands-on Industrie 4.0, Maschinelles Lernen and Smart Service Welt, a 3-week course on the highly relevant topic Technologie, Strategie und Leadership is following (in German).

The digital transformation changes our understanding of work and is accompanied by a shift towards data-based business models, digital ecosystems and the evolution towards a platform economy. This requires new demands on employees. New management and leadership concepts are also necessary.

The focus of this course is to answer the questions of how the use of new technologies affects existing strategies, corporate structures and organizational cultures and which competence and requirement profiles of employees and managers become more important in the course of digital transformation. In order to demonstrate the opportunities and solutions, acatech, together with the European School of Management and Technology Berlin (ESMT), has won renowned representatives from business, science and society to contribute to this course.

You can expect theoretically sound, application-oriented and cross-industry orientation knowledge in the areas of strategy, organization and culture, talents in the digital age and leadership skills in digital change. You will receive a certificate for successful participation in this MOOC.

The three-week German-language course starts with the Hannover Messe on 01 April 2019.

If you are interested in this course, you can register free of charge here.

We look forward to your participation and a further dissemination of this course offer in your network!

Many greetings, The openHPI Team

openHPI Spreads Digital Basic Knowledge

Dear Learning Community,

We have updated our Course Program in 2019! New to the program are Human-Centered Design: Building and Testing Prototypes (starting on August 28, 2019) and Data Engineering und Data Science – Klarheit in den Schlagwort-Dschungel (starting on October 23, 2019 in German). You can register for these courses starting now!

In March, the first MOOC looks at the subject of "Patentrecht: So schützen Sie Ihre Innovation" (starting on March 6, 2019 in German). In this two-week workshop, lawyers Dr. Czychowski and Dr. Valvoda illustrate who is typically the owner of a software development, which parallels exist between patents and open source, and how you can protect your creative idea.

You can enroll in this course here:

Don't miss the following events next week:

On February 20, the two-week workshop "Digitale Identitäten - Wer bin ich im Netz?" is starting (in German). We all want to defend ourselves from identity theft, but how? In this free online course, Prof. Meinel leads you on your way to safe password storage. Your confirmation of participation enables you together with the other two confirmations of participation in the courses "Datensicherheit im Netz" and "Blockchain - Sicherheit auch ohne Trust Center" (both in German), which you can still attain, to take the exam "Cybersecurity Basics" in May. Thereby you can earn a Record of Achievement or qualified certificate, which is normally only possible in six-week courses.

Interested? Then please enroll in the course here:

Educational Innovation at the Didacta

Whoever doesn't feel that conventional educational institutions have prepared them adequately for digitalization, will find more and more customized online courses on the Internet, which are even available free of charge. This is the focus of the Potsdam Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) at the educational fair Didacta 2019, which will take place from February 19 to February 23 in Cologne. Besides openHPI, in hall 6.1 (booth C050 D051) the institute presents its mobile recording system tele-TASK and another educational innovation, which will be made ready for the use at HPI: the HPI Schul-Cloud. With the HPI Schul-Cloud, pupils, teachers and parents gain easy access to learning and teaching materials, which are available everywhere and anytime. The solution will provide the technical basis for using recent digital teaching and learning content in every subject - as simple as apps are usable via smartphones or tablet PCs.

Current Episodes of the HPI Podcast (in German)

Have you already listened to the HPI Knowledge Podcast? Most recently it dealt with one of the most requested jobs in the digital era - Data Scientists - and digital health ("Siri, ist mein Blutdruck normal?"). The fourth episode will be published in a few days.

We hope that these topics are of interest to you.

Best regards The openHPI Team

Happy New Year's Greetings!

Dear Learning Community,

We hope you had a good start in a peaceful and healthy new year! We have made provisions so that it won't get boring: Look forward to a diverse openHPI course program 2019!

A New Year - A New Course!

After two workshops on Cybersecurity (in German) we will have a deeper look at Data Centers. Offerings such as Amazon Webservices (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, and most web pages available on the Internet offer easy-to-use services to consumers. But what is required to deliver these services? The HPI Future Soc Lab Team will explain the various requirements necessary to deliver the service in this 2-week course. The course starts on March 6, 2019.

Are you interested? Please enroll here:

On March 20, learners can look forward to an online course on Design Thinking. Under the heading "Beyond Brockhaus Thinking - With Design Thinking to a Networked Culture", Prof. Uli Weinberg and Dr. Claudia Nicolai will give an introduction to the core principles of Design Thinking and inspire to actively use Design Thinking at the organizational level.

Here you can enroll to the course:

What about the User Experience on openHPI?

In 2018, we introduced a couple of new functions to openHPI which learners are now able to fully enjoy. Both in front and behind the scenes, a lot of things have changed. An external evaluation of the user experience has shown that the platform is in a good position and we have already realized many of the recommendations. We would be happy if you took some time to answer a couple of questions on your personal experience with the platform. Thank you!

To participate in the survey please click this link:

Reminder: Big Annual Survey

Until January 18 our big annual MOOC survey is running (in English). A big thank you to everyone who has participated so far!

If you have not yet taken the survey, we would appreciate if you do so under the following link: With your feedback you help us to improve the openHPI courses and the platform.

Best regards
the openHPI team

Course Program 2019 and Year-End Survey

Dear Learning Community,

The year is coming to an end, and we would like to take the opportunity to thank all who have actively been a part of the openHPI community.

Big Year-End Survey

We would like to know more about how helpful and sustainable our online courses are for our learners daily lives. We have therefore created a year-end survey and would be very grateful if as many of you as possible could participate. The survey takes approximately 5 to 10 minutes. Thank you very much in advance. With your participation you help us to improve the platform and especially the certification process.

Click here to go to the survey:

New Courses on openHPI

For those who have not yet seen it, last week, we released the openHPI course program for 2019 with lots of new courses.
Besides a series of workshops on the topic of the “Basics of Cybersecurity,” we are looking forward to focusing on issues such as design thinking, intercultural teamwork, 50 years of Internet, and patent law. Furthermore, we are happy to offer a junior course entitled “How to program my first mini-computer,” which addresses young people who are 13 and older in particular.
Some courses will be added within the coming weeks and during the course of the next year. It is therefore worth your while to regularly check the openHPI website. We hope you enjoy browsing the courses and discovering those of interest to you!

Unchartered Waters – The HPI Knowledge Podcast (in German)

Last but not least, we’d like to mention our new podcast series, which kicks off HPI’s 20th anniversary celebration.
We start on January 9th with the title “Digital New Territory – The HPI Knowledge Podcast.” Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel will present the new format which picks up exciting topics from HPI. Every two weeks you can listen to a new program on The series will be moderated by Leon Stebe, the reporter of Inforadio-News.

We wish you happy holidays and a great new year!
The openHPI Team

Christian Willems Awarded “Learning Developer of The Year”

During a glittering gala evening at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel in London, Christian Willems, CTO of openHPI, was awarded Bronze as “Learning Developer of the Year”. The award represents the industry’s highest recognition for achievements in the field of learning technologies. The 45-member independent jury is made up of leading experts in learning and development.

Christian’s pioneering work has been decisive in shaping the MOOC platforms openHPI and openSAP. With enthusiasm and an abundance of good ideas, he leads a team of developers, PhD candidates, and students at the chair of Internet Technologies and Systems.

In recent years, Christian has developed a range of innovative features, which have not only advanced digital learning in the world of academics but also in that of business. “It is extremely helpful that we have a double perspective in our project – on the one hand we develop the platform itself, and on the other hand we are the openHPI course providers and can thus experience firsthand if something is not working optimally,” Christian said. At the same time, he underscores the team effort: “It is completely clear that this award goes to the entire team. Only with the bright minds here at HPI and our exciting innovation partners, such as openSAP, have we been able to come so far.”

We congratulate Christian on this amazing success and are very proud and happy to have him in our team!

News on openHPI: Course Start and new Platform Features

Dear Learning Community,

Today, we would like to present you our new mainframes course (in English) and introduce two new platform features which will hopefully make learning with our platform even more exciting.

The Role of Mainframes for Business Life

We would like to invite you to our new English online course “Mainframe – Crucial Role in Modern Enterprise Computing,” which starts on November 5. Prof. Andreas Polze (HPI), Prof. Philipp Brune (University of Applied Sciences Neu-Ulm) and Wolfram Greis (European Mainframe Academy) will lead you through the topic. In addition, manufacturer such as Fujitsu and IBM will contribute video lectures.

What is the course about?
Participants can expect an comprehensive and compact introduction to the mainframe technology with the aim of increasing its popularity. The course instructors want to illustrate that mainframes are a modern and future-oriented technology which provides some USPs compared to other platforms. Most people use mainframes in their daily life without being aware of it: Transactions such as withdrawals at a cash machine, credit card payments, and flight bookings are processed in the background securely and reliably by mainframes. Mainframes are also at work when the tax consultant service DATEV prepares 13 million wage and salary statements per month.

Who should attend the course?
The online course addresses everyone who is interested in the topic and brings with them prior knowledge in computer science and algorithms. We would like to address particularly young people who are currently undergoing training or studying.

Good to know
Please estimate a workload of about 6 to 8 hours per week. In addition to the regular record of achievement, participants can earn a qualified certificate in this course. The Hasso Plattner Institute recommends to other universities the allocation of two credit points for the certificate of achievement. In last year’s German mainframe course more than 4,200 participants were enrolled.

Interested? Then please enroll in the course here:

New Features on openHPI

We are happy to announce two new platform features, which are now activated.

Preliminary Score
All of you who until now waited impatiently for the publication of their test results, can look forward to this new feature. For all graded tests (weekly assignments, final exam) we changed the procedure. That means, when you submit your answers, you’ll instantly see your preliminary score, so you no longer have to wait until the deadline has passed. Details regarding the individual questions and explanations will be shown after the deadline has ended as usual.

Timeline Tip
Until now, you could only see the general deadlines for the courses you’d enrolled in on the dashboard, and the course-specific deadlines on the course details page. Now, you can see them with a timeline tip on the learning pages too. Just click on the alarm clock at the top right, and a drop down menu with all important dates will open.

Have fun learning! We are looking forward to your feedback and hope to see you soon in the course.

Best regards
The openHPI Team