Reminder: New Courses on openHPI

Dear Learning Community,

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

Learning Ruby on openHPI

Dear Learning Community,

The programming language Ruby was introduced in 1995 with the aim of combining the best of both worlds: the world of functional programming and that of imperative programming. The programming environment Ruby on Rails enjoys great popularity, and it is used to develop fast, new Internet applications. On October 1, we start our new openHPI course Programming with Ruby (in German). We look forward to seeing you there!

What it’s about
In Week 1 you’ll learn to understand the syntax and the most important constructs of Ruby. In Week 2, participants will learn how to write actual classes. Furthermore, the course team explains how to write small, but useful programs into the command line (input, output, the reading and writing of files). In Week 3, participants are shown how bigger programs in Ruby are structured and split and how external libraries (so called Gems) can be integrated.

After taking this course you should be able to read Ruby Code and understand the syntax, try out the language on an interactive console, write scripts and smaller Ruby programs yourself, as well as structure and split bigger programs.

Who should attend the course?
Participants should already have experience in programming in other languages to successfully follow the course. Furthermore basic knowledge in English is useful as the key words of the programming language are in English.

Good to know
Like other openHPI programming courses, this course is very practical and contains a great many practical tasks. Upon successful completion of the course you will receive a certificate. Please estimate a workload of about 3 to 6 hours per week.

You can hardly wait to start programming? Then enroll here at:

Best regards,
The openHPI Team

Digitale Allgemeinbildung: Hier leben unsere aktivsten Online-Lerner

The openHPI team has examined where most of our learners, and especially the most active ones, come from.

The result: The majority of our 175,000 participants come from about 60 large cities all over Germany. But also in 15 German cities with less than 100,000 inhabitants, we noticed an important concentration of active online learners who use our courses on current issues in IT and innovation.

In this analysis of the regional use of openHPI, we not only looked at the absolute number of openHPI users per city, but related this value to the entire population of this city. In that way, we found out, for example, that the density of learners (i.e., the number of single learners per 1,000 inhabitants) is between 6.4 (Heidelberg) and 1.3 (Duisburg).

At the same time, it could be that a large city has relatively high number of openHPI learners, but they exhibit a low level of activity on the platform. We therefore calculated another indicator, which targets the actual learning activity per 1,000 inhabitants. Learning activities are calculated according to clicks on learning videos, self-tests, graded assignments, exams, and forum posts. Here, regarding learning activity the values are shown to be between 904 (Heidelberg) and 164 (Erfurt).

German cities with the highest concentration of openHPI users

As of April 2018

Position City openHPI learners per 1000 residents
1. Heidelberg 6,4
2. Mannheim 5,5
3. Karlsruhe 4,6
4. Stuttgart 4,6
5. Mainz 4,5
6. Frankfurt/Main 4,4
7. Darmstadt 3,9
8. Bonn 3,8
9. Erlangen 3,8
10. Jena 3,4
11. Saarbrücken 3,2
12. Koblenz 3,2
13. Berlin 3,1
14. Wiesbaden 3,1
15. Fürth 3,1
16. Braunschweig 3,0
17. Heilbronn 3,0
18. Kaiserslautern 2,9
19. München 2,9
20. Leverkusen 2,8
21. Ulm 2,6
22. Pforzheim 2,6
23. Dresden 2,5
24. Ingolstadt 2,5
25. Bochum 2,5
26. Aachen 2,4
27. Augsburg 2,4
28. Paderborn 2,4
29. Düsseldorf 2,3
30. Nürnberg 2,3
31. Oldenburg 2,3
32. Bergisch-Gladbach 2,3
33. Neuss 2,3
34. Hannover 2,2
35. Ludwigshafen 2,2
36. Münster 2,2
37. Kiel 2,1
38. Göttingen 2,1
39. Hagen 2,1
40. Regensburg 2,0
41. Köln 1,9
42. Hamburg 1,9
43. Essen 1,9
44. Bielefeld 1,9
45. Mülheim/Ruhr 1,9
46. Freiburg 1,9
47. Gelsenkirchen 1,9
48. Rostock 1,8
49. Leipzig 1,8
50. Halle 1,8
51. Kassel 1,8
52. Dortmund 1,8
53. Chemnitz 1,8
54. Erfurt 1,8
55. Bremen 1,7
56. Wuppertal 1,7
57. Oberhausen 1,6
58. Lübeck 1,5
59. Magdeburg 1,4
60. Mönchengladbach 1,3
61. Duisburg 1,3

Further remarks

  • Potsdam, as home of HPI, is not included in the table due to the skewed extremely high number of openHPI learners
  • In the case of same value, the number of learning activities (clicks on learning videos, self-tests, graded assignments, exams, etc.) decided on which place the city takes

The most active learners live in these German cities

Position City openHPI learning activities per 1000 residents
1. Heidelberg 904
2. Karlsruhe 895
3. Mannheim 858
4. Berlin 754
5. Stuttgart 685
6. Mainz 677
7. Bonn 649
8. Darmstadt 616
9. Saarbrücken 584
10. Kaiserslautern* 572
11. Frankfurt/Main 565
12. Koblenz 499
13. Braunschweig 484
14. München 475
15. Erlangen 466
16. Ulm 452
17. Wiesbaden 428
18. Kiel 418
19. Dresden 401
20. Heilbronn 371
21. Jena 370
22. Magdeburg 358
23. Köln 350
24. Hamburg 348
25. Ingolstadt 346
26. Düsseldorf 344
27. Nürnberg 341
28. Aachen 337
29. Oldenburg 313
30. Bergisch-Gladbach 305
31. Pforzheim 304
32. Göttingen 296
33. Bremen 294
34. Hannover 289
35. Bochum 285
36. Ludwigshafen** 282
37. Essen 282
38. Bielefeld 276
39. Rostock 275
40. Mülheim/Ruhr 272
41. Fürth** 271
42. Leipzig 271
43. Augsburg 269
44. Leverkusen** 264
45. Regensburg 264
46. Münster 257
47. Freiburg 254
48. Halle 251
49. Kassel 239
50. Dortmund 237
51. Neuss 234
52. Mönchengladbach 232
53. Paderborn 229
54. Hagen 220
55. Lübeck 217
56. Gelsenkirchen 215
57. Wuppertal** 201
58. Duisburg 201
59. Chemnitz 188
60. Oberhausen 169
61. Erfurt 164

Southwest Germany leading in digital learning

Both rankings of 61 German cities where HPI e-learning offers are most widely used show large cities in southwest Germany leading the way. One reason for the high number of learning activities and the high density of participants per 1,000 inhabitants may be the concentration of prestigious IT companies and institutes.

We can also see this tendency clearly in the following table, which is categorized by city:

City Learning activities on openHPI per 1000 residents Number of openHPI learners per 1000 residents
Heidelberg Position 1: 904 Position 1: 6,4
Karlsruhe Position 2: 895 Position 3: 4,6
Mannheim Position 3: 858 Position 2: 5,5
Stuttgart Position 5: 685 Position 4: 4,6
Mainz Position 6: 677 Position 5: 4,5
Darmstadt Position 8: 616 Position 7: 3,9
Saarbrücken Position 9: 584 Position 11: 3,2
Kaiserslautern* Position 10: 572 Position 18: 2,9
Frankfurt/Main Position 11: 565 Position 6: 4,4
Koblenz Position 12: 499 Position 12: 3,2
Ulm Position 16: 452 Position 21: 2,6
Wiesbaden Position 17: 428 Position 14: 3,1
Heilbronn Position 20: 371 Position 17: 3,0
Pforzheim Position 31: 304 Position 22: 2,6
Ludwigshafen Position 36: 282 Position 35: 2,2
Freiburg Position 47: 254 Position 46: 1,9

International cities with high numbers of openHPI learners

Looking overseas, we see an especially high concentration of openHPI learners in the Indian cities of Bangalore, Mumbai, Neu Delhi, and Hyderabad a high concentration of openHPI learners. openHPI courses are offered not only in German, but also in English and Chinese.

City Number of openHPI users
Bangalore 1.844
Wien 1.205
Mumbai 877
London 798
Sydney 779
Zürich 691
Neu Delhi 682
Newtown Square (USA) 657
Hyderabad 594
Amsterdam 517
Singapur 394
Paris 371
Dublin 304
Moskau 287
Salzburg 231
Mexico City 212
Bukarest, Mountain View (USA), je 207
Dubai 138

The leaders among European cities are Vienna, London, and Zurich. Cities at the bottom of the list include Amsterdam, Paris, Dublin, Moscow, Salzburg, and Bucharest.

MOOCs machen Karriere: Einladung zum openHPI-Forum

Liebe Lerngemeinschaft,

am 19. September lädt das HPI führende MOOC- und E-Learning-Experten zu einem Erfahrungsaustausch nach Potsdam ein.

Bei dem jährlichen Netzwerktreffen stehen Vorträge und Workshops zu den neuesten Entwicklungen im Bereich E-Learning und Datenanalyse auf dem Programm. Außerdem berichten Partnerfirmen und –organisationen wie SAP, Signavio und die Weltgesundheitsorganisation (WHO) über die Erfahrungen mit ihren eigenen Online-Bildungsplattformen.

Den Hauptvortrag hält in diesem Jahr die Direktorin der französischen Internet-Bildungsplattform FUN-Campus, Catherine Mongenet. Alle Informationen zum Programm und zur Anmeldung finden Sie unter:

Wir freuen uns, Sie auf dem Forum zu begrüßen.

Schöne Grüße
das openHPI-Team

From Algorithms to Java and Design Thinking – openHPI September Courses

Dear Learning Community,

We hope you had a relaxing summer. We are getting ready for our fall program, which will begin in a month. openHPI will be offering three exciting courses: Basics of Algorithms, Java Capstone, and the second part of our Design Thinking MOOC.

Basics of Algorithms (in German) – Begins September 10

What it’s about
The role that algorithms play in computer science is similar to the role that the human brain plays in language. If you want to acquire a better understanding of the basic elements of computer science, you are in the right place. Dr. Timo Kötzing and his team will show you, for example, how algorithms control search engine results, how they can help to identify a forged coin efficiently by its incorrect weight, or how algorithms are able to find the shortest route to your destination. You will learn what quantifiers and connectives are and what is meant by formalization and specifications.

Who should attend the course?
This course was created for individuals who are thinking about studying computer science, as well as anyone who wants to acquire a better understanding of the principles behind common software programs. With a basic knowledge of mathematic (secondary level), you should be able to complete the course successfully. If you enjoy solving logical problems and puzzles, even better.

Good to know
This is the second iteration of this course. Based on last year’s experiences and feedback from the participants, the researchers have extensively revised the course and extended it by one week. You should plan to spend 3 to 6 hours per week on this course in order to complete it successfully. You can receive a confirmation of participation and a graded confirmation of participation for this course. Participation in the course and exam is free.

Please enroll here:

Java Capstone Series Pt. 1 (in English) – Begins September 10

What it’s about
Programming fans and Java enthusiasts, bear in mind: With the Java Capstone series we want to try out a new course format – fewer videos and more hands-on activities. In our first sequence, you will program a simple game on your own or in a team (e.g., Pong or BreakOut).

Good to know
To complete this course successfully, basic Java knowledge is required. You can learn basic Java in our Java introductory courses ( or Both courses are still available for self-study. In the Java Capstone you can receive a graded confirmation of participation. Participation in the course and exam is free.

Please enroll here:

Human-Centered Design – From Synthesis to Creative Ideas (in English) – Begins September 19

What it’s about
Everyone who is looking forward to the next Design Thinking MOOC can take a deep breath. From September 19 to October 24, Karen von Schmieden, Mana Taheri and Lena Mayer will be back on openHPI. Whereas in their first course the focus was on observation and interview techniques which help you understand users’ needs, in this follow-up course they demonstrate how to find creative ideas to develop user-friendly products and services.

Good to know
We welcome everyone who wants to come up with completely new ideas in their daily lives as well as anyone who needs to develop new products in their jobs. In this course you can receive a confirmation of participation and a record of achievement. Participation in the course and exam is free.

Please enroll here:

We are looking forward to seeing you in our courses soon!

Best regards
The openHPI team

Compact Blockchain Online Course starts on July 2 – Join now!

Dear Learning Community,

We cordially invite you to our 2-week online workshop “Blockchain – Hype or Innovation” (in German), which starts on July 2.

What it’s about
Blockchain has become a popular buzzword. While some see blockchain as an all-purpose weapon with limited access, others visualize it as a hacker technology for secret deals in the darknet,” says Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel, summing up the latest discussions. In this course we would like to help you to form your own point of view on blockchain technology and to get a better understanding of the real innovation potential of blockchain.

In the first week of this compact summer course Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel, head of the chair for Internet Technologies and Systems, and Tatiana Gayvoronskaya, PhD student at HPI, will introduce the architecture and the operating principles of the blockchain technology. Participants will learn about strengths and challenges of blockchain. In the second week, we will focus on use cases and areas of application and show some known blockchain projects.

Who should attend the course?
The course targets everyone who is interested in the blockchain topic . No prior knowledge is necessary.

Good to know
You should plan a time allotment of 3 to 6 hours per week to complete the course successfully. In this course you can receive a confirmation of participation and a graded confirmation of participation. Participation in the course and exam is free.

Did we spark your interest? Then enroll now on

We look forward to seeing you in the course and to finding out your opinion on blockchain.

Best regards
The openHPI Team

Workshop on IPv6 starts on June 11

Dear Learning Community,

The Internet of Things compels us to think about new data communication regulations. In the 2-week online course “IPv6 in Modern Networks” (in German), which begins on June 11, network expert Wilhelm Boeddinghaus will explain to us the Internet protocol which is the new standard for data exchange in the network of networks.

What it’s about
With the growing number of devices communicating through the Internet, we will soon need many more addresses than those presently available in the current standard. No matter if we look at home automation, transport, or medicine – in numerous areas things communicate with other things over the Internet. For just one device, often a number of sensors feed their data into the network. To enable the Internet to grow even more, the new Internet protocol IPv6 was introduced which provides a lot more addresses than the former IPv4 protocol.

In this course, Wilhelm Boeddinghaus explains the technical basics for the introduction of the new Internet protocol, and he clarifies where we get the addresses from and how they are structured. Furthermore, he shows the concrete steps that need to be taken to define a strategy for successfully implementing IPv6.

Who should attend the course?
The course primarily targets network experts and system administrators from companies, public authorities, and academic institutions.

Good to know
You should plan a time allotment of 3 hours per week to complete the course successfully. In this course you can receive a confirmation of participation and a record of achievement (further information about the certificates). Participation in the course and exam is free.

Did we spark your interest? Then enroll now on

Best regards,
The openHPI team

Successfully presenting the future of digital learning in New York

More than 200 guests from business, science and politics discussed the future of digital learning with scientists from the German Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) at the HPI MOOC Symposium on 4 and 5 April in New York.

At the Symposium at the Hudson Yards office, researcher David Joyner of the Georgia Institute of Technology spoke in favor of developing new methods that allow participants in open online courses to quickly retrieve the content they have learned.

During the symposium, David Joyner reported that learners occasionally have misunderstandings and that is especially important in the so-called Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) to frequently review what they have learned. Lee Rubenstein, vice president of Business Development at the edOC MOOC platform, said it was critical for digital learners to be able to access their course from anywhere, via any device: "The learners need to be able to access courses from anywhere and on any device. Whatever we want the learners to do, we must put the opportunity in front of them."

Justin Reich, Managing Director of the MIT Teaching Systems Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, reported on initial research results on learning in open online courses: "If you set all metrics in relationship to each other, such as points achieved, number of quizzes taken, high activity in the forum, etc., everything is possibly related to each other". From this, the e-learning scientist concluded that whoever is willing to learn a lot, will also use more and more content. Regarding the necessity of the evaluation of the learning data, Reich said: "You can collect lots and lots of data and still not know anything about the learners."

Also American business representatives were interested in the latest research results and practical examples around digital learning. Karen Deal from Newport News Shipbuilding said: "Our company is undergoing a digital transformation and I‘m looking for solutions to accelerate learning so that we can adopt new technologies and new processes, so this symposium just opens up a lot of opportunity to be able to accelerate, not just limp along and teach people a few things, but to get them to learn together."

John Queenan, founder of Charged Up, praised the HPI symposium as a place where he was able to experience: "some great thinkers in terms of how to make learning more effective and have a greater impact on society." For young entrepreneur Joan Ai, who is currently creating a start-up in the NYU Steinhardt EdTech Incubator, the symposium of the Potsdam Institute was an enriching experience: "Not only did I learn so much about MOOCs, but also how MOOCs would be applicable to my business and the educational space in general."

At the symposium, HPI researchers presented innovative technologies that are increasingly changing the way people use open online courses. "We were able to successfully demonstrate how newly developed MOOC technologies can improve the experience of learning and innovation processes as well as cooperation in and between organizations," commented Prof. Christoph Meinel, Director of the HPI Institute in Potsdam.

The German HPI had taken up the USA MOOC trend in 2011 as the first educational institution in Europe and as a pioneer for German e-learning and has further developed it since 2012. At the New York Symposium in the SAP Leonardo Center, HPI scientists presented the peculiarities of their Internet education platform, openHPI. It also presented what distinguishes the two partner platforms of the World Health Organization WHO and the software group SAP. The symposium was also about analyzing, understanding and designing digital learning processes. In particular, aspects such as the evaluation of learning data and the use of game-typical elements to increase learning motivation and stamina were discussed as well as the future of open online courses for everyone.

From IT Law to Information Service Engineering - New Courses on openHPI

Dear Learning Community,

In April we will be offering two new courses on openHPI: Information Service Engineering (in English), a course on natural language processing and a course on IT Law for Software Developers (in German). This course will introduce some of the most recent developments in data protection.

Information Service Engineering – Begins on April 16

What it’s about?
In this 6-week course (in English) participants will learn the fundamentals of natural language processing as well as the basics of Linked Data-based knowledge representation. The course will be taught by Harald Sack, who was a senior researcher at the HPI for many years and is currently a professor at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). In today's world, access to and availability of information are almost unlimited. As a result, we need search engines and intelligent programs to process these vast amounts of data. It is crucial to achieve ever more precise, more complete, and more reliable results when searching for and linking knowledge. This is achieved, for example, by systems that detect and correct errors. In this course, Prof. Sack and his colleague, Dr. Maria Koutraki will introduce methods that enable the transition from raw data to well-structured knowledge. ”We will demonstrate how natural language texts can be analyzed using statistical models and machine learning, and how this information can be described with the help of formal knowledge representation.” Prof. Sack explains. He will also show how automated image and video analysis function, how handwritten messages are translated into machine-readable language, and how computers programs are able to read printed texts.

Who should attend the course?
This course addresses students of computer science, data and web scientists, and anyone who is interested in the combination of semantic search and machine learning.

Good to know
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.

Please enroll here:

IT Law for Software Developers – Begins on April 9

What it’s about
Prof. Christian Czychowski and Dr. Anselm Brandi-Dohrn teach at HPI and will introduce 11 topics that are essential when developing computer programs. In this 4-week course (in German), participants will get to know the contractual arrangements for the aspects of false self-employment and transfer of rights. Furthermore, the course provides you with basic knowledge about contracts in the IT sector, in copyright, trademark, and patent law, in data protection law, and in company sales. Last but not least, the teachers will point out the changes and challenges that will result from the new EU data protection regulation.

Who should attend the course?
The course is open for everyone who is interested in IT law in the field of software development. No prior knowledge required.

Please enroll here:

We look forward to seeing you in the course. If you haven’t found a course that suits your needs, please have a look at our partner platform On April 23, acatech and Accenture will offer a course on smart services (in German). In this MOOC, they will introduce smart services, technological enablers, smart service business models and their impact on company organization.

Best regards
The openHPI Team

HPI MOOC Symposium in New York

openHPI goes NY!

The openHPI team will make its first trip to NYC in April 2018. In a two-day symposium, we will share our research and innovative developments at HPI’s New York offices, which were opened in April 2017.

On the first day of the symposium, we will present features, innovations and user experiences from HPI’s innovative MOOC platform as well as some of our partners’ platforms, including openSAP and openWHO. The second day will be dedicated to current research questions, such as learning analytics, gamification, and MOOC completion rates. In addition to the HPI presenters, well-known researchers like Justin Reich (MIT), Prof. Neil Heffernan (Worcester Polytechnic Institute) and David A. Joyner (Georgia Tech) will provide us with insights into their recent projects.

We are looking forward to a lively exchange with our American colleagues, engaging presentations, and interactive workshops as well as many inspiring moments in the Big Apple!

We would like to welcome anyone who is interested in MOOCs and MOOC research to join us for this free event. Additional information and the registration form can be found here:

"Internet Security for Beginners" starts in a few days

Dear Learning Community,

Welcome back! Don’t miss our 6-week course Internet Security for Beginners (in English) starting on Monday.

What it’s about
With the widespread use of the Internet (in the meantime, nearly 4 billion people are connected online), cybercrime is unfortunately also increasing. Maybe, you have already experienced an attack yourself. For instance, have you lost important data through a computer virus? Or had your credit card hacked when shopping online? In this introductory course, led by Prof. Christoph Meinel, we want to show you how the Internet works and why it is insecure by reason of design. In this course you will also get to know different types of malware and learn more about the tracks you leave behind online. We will explain why the Internet is such an attractive target for hackers and advise you on how to protect yourself from the risks in the Internet. Register now!

Please enroll here:

Who should attend the course
In general, the course is open to anyone who surfs the Internet, no matter if for private or professional reasons. Prior knowledge is not necessary.

Good to know
Besides 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.
The estimated time required for the course is between three and six hours a week.

We look forward to seeing you in the course!

Best regards
the openHPI team

Triple-Pack of Courses

Dear Learning Community,

We hope that you had a good start in the new year and look forward to accompanying you through many exciting courses. We would like to briefly present the first 3 of them - Linux for Everyone, Internet Security for Beginners, and Intrapreneurship - Make your Business great again.

Linux for Everyone (in German) - Course start on February 12

Unhappy with Windows or just interested in an alternative? In this 2-week workshop (in German) we will guide you step by step through the installation process of the Linux distribution Ubuntu, showing you how to configurate it and use programs. Besides practical use examples, we will also present the history and the context of the free software movement. Prior knowledge is not necessary.

Please enroll here:

Internet Security for Beginners (in English) - Course start on February 26

Already in the Sixties, American researchers were able to not only use computers as blunt calculating machines but to connect them to a broad network. This was the start of the Internet which, in the meantime, connects nearly four billion people and around 23 billion devices, (e.g., computers, smartphones and sensors). The network of networks has therefore become an attractive target for criminals. Around four million attacks are registered every day, (i.e., 50 per second). Although the economic damage around the globe is immense - and we are talking about 400 billion US dollar per year - only a small amount of resources is spent on Internet security.

In the 6-week course, Internet Security for Beginners (in English), learn the methods hackers use to break into computers and networks and how you can protect yourself. We show you typical attack scenarios, explain how data is transmitted on the Internet, and reveal the tracks we leave behind when we use our smartphones. Protect your digital identity and understand how the confidentiality of your data can be guaranteed. No previous knowledge required.

Please enroll here:

Intrapreneurship - Make your Business great again (in English) - Course start on February 26

Does this situation sound familiar? You have a great business idea, but do not dare to bear the risk alone and leave your current job. In this 6-week course (in English) learn how people with entrepreneurial spirit have changed a company and developed new products - even if the signs were bad in the beginning. We present you with the intrapreneurship concept and tools to support you in realizing your idea. You can look forward to illustrative field reports (e.g. by Bosch, SAP, AVL List and Signavio), a large tool box containing more than 20 tools—from the Ansoff matrix to the minimal viable product (MVP) and the stakeholder map, and practical exercises where you can directly use your newly acquired knowledge.

The course was created in a cooperation between the University of Economics Cracow, the FH Joanneum Graz, AVL List GmbH, and the HPI Potsdam. It was realized under the umbrella of the EU-funded project BizMOOC.

Please enroll here:

We are looking forward to seeing you in the courses!

Best regards
the openHPI team

Happy Holidays!

Dear Learning Community,

We are looking back on a busy and successful year 2017 full of new participants, inspirational discussions, exciting conferences and a lot of new platform features. Many thanks to all of you who have accompanied and supported us on this way!

We would like to ask you for your assistance one last time this year.
We would be happy to learn about your opinion on the automatically translated subtitles.
We have provided one example and a few questions which will take around 2-3 minutes of your time. Thank you in advance!

The openHPI team says goodbye for this year. Maybe you like to use these calm days to browse through the openHPI program for 2018. We are particularly excited to announce another course at short notice, which was realized in cooperation with several European partners and has a business focus. "Intrapreneurship - Make your Business great again" starts in February 26 and addresses everyone who wants to learn about the concept of intrapreneurship and how to realize ideas and projects within a company.

We wish you relaxing days and hope to see you again next year!

Best regards
the openHPI team

The 2018 Course Program is here!

Dear Learning Community,

The waiting is finally over. This week, the openHPI courses for the coming year have been published online. Besides some familiar content, we have also included new topics in our program. Take a look and enroll right away. Because, as you know, anticipation is half the fun!

This is what awaits you:

  • We start with the two-week workshop Linux for Everyone (in German), which introduces the open source operating system Linux, which has made a name for itself as a free alternative to Windows. This course was created at the suggestion of our openHPI learners. They had requested a course on this topic in last year's Advent MOOC.
  • We are also delighted to offer Prof. Meinel's course on Internet Security (now in English). In this six-week course you will learn the fundamentals of Internet security and which dangers and points of attack lie in the Internet. Furthermore, you will get advice on how to protect yourself from cyberattacks.
  • This is followed by the four-week course, IT Law for Software Developers (in German), conducted by Prof. Christian Czychowski and Dr. Anselm Brandi-Dohrn, some of you may already know them from the 2016 course of the same name. This updated version of the course is supplemented by a few topics that will introduce you to the areas of copyright, patent law, data protection and contracts.
  • In the six-week Information Service Engineering course (in English) taught by Prof. Harald Sack, you'll learn the basics of natural language processing, knowledge mining, linked data engineering, as well as information retrieval required for the development of information services.
  • Object-Oriented Programming in Java was one of our crowd-pleasers this year. In 2018, the four-week course will again be linked to an exciting story, but this time in English, on our partner platform openSAP.
  • Computer science is largely based on mathematical principles. In the three-week workshop Introduction to the Mathematics of Algorithms (in German), you will find a selection of exciting topics and contents that are indispensable for getting started on a scientific examination of mathematics and algorithms.
  • In Prof. Döllner’s six-week course Automated Visual Software Analytics (in English) we explore how the effectiveness of software development projects can be pro-actively improved by applying concepts, techniques, and tools from software diagnosis.
  • The programming language Ruby has made a name for itself, not least of all because of the success of the web framework Ruby on Rails. Look forward to the two-week workshop Programming with Ruby (in German), in which we would like to introduce you to this elegant and expressive programming language.
  • The culmination is the six-week Enterprise Computing course (in English), which will be offered by Prof. Polze in cooperation with the Academic Mainframe Consortium. After the success of the last mainframe MOOC in summer 2017, the course team would also like to make this topic available to an international audience. This course is intended as an introduction to the topic and will, for example, shed light on questions of mainframe architecture, application development or the storage management.

You can find the complete list of courses here.

Winter greetings,
Your openHPI Team

iOS App & Winner of the Competition "Favorite Learning Place"

Dear Learning Community,

Our competition “My favorite learning place” has just ended, and our jury of openHPI team members, students and design thinkers had the very hard task of deciding who from among the 60 submissions should be the winner.

The choice was in fact a very difficult one, given the large number of original, creative photos. Besides receiving wonderful vacation pictures from Croatia, Bali and Oman, we got drawings and photos from our international learners, e.g. from India, Vietnam, Ukraine, Switzerland, Hungary, the United States, France and Belgium.

Winner likes lying in the hammock while taking the openHPI courses

The first prize goes to Rike Ullenbaum (36), who is an expert for work and organizational psychology from Wuppertal. Rike is currently taking the Design Thinking MOOC and only started to learn at openHPI in 2017. The hammock photo she sent us shows how flexible, mobile, and, at the same time, comfortable learning with openHPI can be. The idyllic spot, at the very back of Rike’s garden, is a place where she can immerse herself in openHPI courses in absolute quiet.

Here you can download all 10 winning photos.

Watching openHPI videos offline - New download function in the iOS app

If you are using the openHPI app on your iPhone or iPad you maybe have already noticed: in the overview of all learning items you can now download the video lectures. These videos then are saved on your smartphone and can be watched even when you are not connected to the Internet, e.g. on the plane. Completely downloaded videos are marked with a mobile phone symbol. We hope you have fun with this new feature.

Best regards
The openHPI team

Big Data Analytics - Course starts on November 6

Dear Learning Community,

We are pleased to announce to you our new – and for this year the last – openHPI course, "Big Data Analytics", an introduction to data analysis.

Big Data Analytics – Enroll now

What it’s about
Not only in business and research do we face a tremendous mass of data. The course "Big Data Analytics" (in German) by Prof. Emmanuel Müller will show how you can analyze this data and gain valuable knowledge from it. Prof. Müller heads the research group Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining at the Hasso Plattner Institute.

Based on current applications and practical examples, Prof. Müller presents the basic problems that occur in the field of big data. Diverse algorithms, which will be discussed in the course, can help to solve them. Clustering (i.e. grouping similar objects) and classification (as a prediction based on a previously trained model using historical data) are important terms learners will deal with. To be able to evaluate the usefulness of data mining technologies for concrete applications, we will explain typical methods to evaluate algorithms in the course.

Interested learners can enroll in the course here:

Who should attend the course?
In general, anyone who wants to dig deeper into the topic of big data analytics is encouraged to attend. Prior knowledge is not necessary. We recommend the course in particular to company sales representatives and researchers who deal with large datasets.

Good to know
Besides 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.
The estimated time required for the course is between three and six hours a week.

Protect your Privacy in Social Media – our workshop in English explains how

Last Monday the two-week workshop “Social Media – What No One has Told you about Privacy” began. Dr. Anne Kayem, guest researcher from South Africa, explains in this workshop how fake news is spread and how you as a user can protect yourself from the spread of false information about you.
You can still enroll in the course and do the graded assignments (with the opportunity to earn a record of achievement).

Please enroll here:

We look forward to seeing you in the course!

Best regards
the openHPI team

Einladung zum openHPI Forum am 6./7. Dezember

Liebe Lerngemeinschaft,

am 6. und 7. Dezember 2017 findet das openHPI-Forum in Potsdam statt, Treffpunkt für alle, die sich zum Thema MOOCs und innovative Formen der digitalen Weiterbildung informieren und austauschen möchten.

Die Einsatzfelder für Massive Open Online Kurse (MOOCs) sind äußerst vielfältig – das merken wir auch auf den vier MOOC-Plattformen des Hasso-Plattner-Instituts, auf denen wir im vergangenen Jahr neben unseren eigenen Lernangeboten zu Informatik und Innovation ( auch Online-Kurse von diversen Partnern aus Medizin, Business und Technik durchgeführt haben (

Wir beginnen die Veranstaltung mit einem halbtägigen Bar Camp. Dabei handelt es sich um ein offenes Workshop-Format, an dessen Inhalten und Ablauf die Teilnehmer zu Beginn des Bar Camps selbst mitwirken können. Neben unseren Partnern von openSAP ( wird es interaktive Sessions des HPI-tele-TASK-Teams und des openHPI-Teams geben. Ein abendlicher Empfang ab 18 Uhr rundet den ersten Tag ab und bietet Gelegenheit zum Erfahrungsaustausch und Networking.

Am Donnerstag, den 7. Dezember, beginnt die eigentliche Konferenz. Nach einer kurzen Begrüßung erwarten Sie spannende Vorträge und unterhaltsame Paneldiskussionen zu aktuellen Fragen und Forschungsschwerpunkten. Freuen Sie sich unter anderem auf die folgenden Experten:

  • Natalie Cernecka
  • Prof. Dr. Markus Egg, Humboldt Universität Berlin
  • Katja Fels und Sylvi Rzepka, RWI Essen
  • Prof. Dr. Petra Gastmeier, Charité Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Dirk Ifenthaler, Universität Mannheim
  • Michaela Lämmler und Clemens Link, openSAP
  • Lena Mayer, Karen von Schmieden und Mana Taheri, HPI School of Design Thinking
  • Dr. Stephan Melzer, msg systems
  • Heini Utunen und Yu Zhao, World Health Organization
  • Christian Willems, openHPI-Team
  • Gabi Witthaus, Art of E-Learning

Die Anmeldung zum openHPI-Forum erfolgt über diesen Link: Die Teilnahmegebühr für die zweitägige Veranstaltung beträgt 75 Euro.

Wir freuen uns auf Ihr Kommen!

Protect your Privacy in Social Media – Course Start on October 23

Dear Learning Community,

In two weeks, the completely reworked new edition of the 2-week workshop “Social Media - What No One has Told you about Privacy“ (in English) will start on openHPI.

In the wake of the German parliamentary elections, fake news and the influence of social media is more relevant than ever. Dr. Anne Kayem, guest researcher from South Africa, shows in this workshop how fake news is spread and how users can protect themselves against the dissemination of false information about themselves. “Around 9 percent of the profiles of all facebook users are fake – these are around 83 million accounts,” says Kayem. Participants will learn more about this problem―called catfishing―and get to know methods of exposing catfishers.

No prior knowledge is necessary to take this course. The workshop addresses everyone who uses Facebook, Twitter & Co. for business or pleasure and who likes to know how to avoid data misuse and identity theft. Successful course participants will receive a certificate.

This teaser gives you a small taste of what to expect. Enroll now:

Best regards
The openHPI team

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