MOOCs – Massive Open Online Courses – provide one of the most innovative forms of learning. Available free via the Internet, learners can access didactic course materials and learn in close contact with other students by means of social media. Parties just beginning to familiarize themselves with information technology, as well as those who want to increase their knowledge of this rapidly developing field via MOOCs, have made the right decision to choose openHPI, the MOOC platform of Hasso Plattner Institute.

  • openHPI courses offer Internet knowledge through learning videos, interactive self-tests, tutorials, practical exercises and homework. This knowledge for the understanding and design of the new digital world is that provided to the students of HPI, Germany’s highly-ranked computer science institute.
  • openHPI courses are offered online in their entirety. All materials can be easily accessed by any device with an Internet connection, whether desktop, laptop, smartphone or tablet.
  • openHPI courses are open: participation is free of charge and not restricted by any pre-requisites. The multifaceted interaction in the learning community turns openHPI courses into a learning event.
  • openHPI courses allow participants to learn in a large, virtual learning community with other course members. Lively discussion forums and virtual learning groups support exchange and collaborative learning.

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Our Offer

openHPI offers the interested public online courses with a diverse focus. A part of the courses targets a broad audience providing an introduction to the fundamentals of computer science and digital technologies. Topics include, for example, the workings of the Internet and the WWW, the building of databases, or security technology in IT. Other courses are aimed at a specialized audience. The objective of this course group is to familiarize participants with the latest innovations in computer science research, such as in-memory data management, the semantic web or, multicore and cloud computing. Workshops for learning programming languages such as Java or Python are also offered.

Course languages are German and English.

Participation Pays Off

Depending on prior knowledge, per course week three to six hours should generally be planned for the serious study of course material. This time is devoted to the learning videos, reading materials, and checking one’s progress with the provided self-tests, as well as active participation in the discussion forums. Upon successful completion of the homework and the online final test, participants receive a certificate from Hasso Plattner Institute.

Our customized, interactive online courses are geared towards:

  • Students and all others interested in IT topics and those who want to increase their knowledge of the digital world. High school and middle school pupils are also encouraged to participate in the courses.
  • Working professionals who want to improve and deepen their IT skills for work.
  • Those interested in furthering their career through knowledge of the latest IT technology.

MOOCs. A Summary

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