§ 1 Record of Achievement

Those who register for study at openHPI can receive a record of achievement (4-6 weeks course) or a graded confirmation of participation (2-weeks course) for their course performance.

§ 2 Course Participation

There are no admission restrictions regarding course participation. We recommend that course participants take part in all of the modules, work through the complete course material and check their knowledge by means of the self-tests. Active participation in the discussion forums and learning groups provides further deepening of the acquired knowledge.

§ 3 Requirements for Record of Achievement

  1. Every week of the course contains a graded exercise. This must be completed by a certain deadline which is announced in the course. The last week of the course is to be used for the final exam. The 2-weeks workshops and the 4-weeks hands-on courses may be structured differently. Additionally, the teaching team can offer bonus exercises at its own discretion.
  2. Exercises and the final exam take the form of multiple-choice tests, practical programming exercises or peer assessments. In order to participate, course members must be logged in to the learning system with their name and password.
  3. The coursework and examination will be in German or English, depending on the language in which the course is offered.
  4. A record of achievement or a graded confirmation of participation is received by those who have earned more than 50 percent of the maximum number of points for the sum of all homework and the final exam. Whoever has not achieved this may receive an ungraded confirmation of participation, as long as he or she has completed at least 50 percent of the course material.

§ 4 Evaluation of Exam Performance

  1. Exercises and examinations consist of multiple-choice tasks (with one correct answer), multiple-answer tasks (with multiple correct solutions), practical programming exercises, peer assessment or a combination of it. There is a clearly defined number of points for every task that can be earned with the correct solution.
  2. With multiple-answer tasks the number of points achieved for a partially correct solution is calculated in the following way. The maximum number of points is divided by the number of correct alternatives and this value is used as the base. For every right alternative that has been correctly selected, the base value will be given. For every false alternative, the base value will be subtracted. If the total result is negative, then 0 points are given. For example, a maximum of 3 points are possible for one task. Three out of five answers are correct. The student has marked two correct and one false. For both of the correct answers he receives one point each (3 divided by 3), for the false answer one point is subtracted. He therefore receives one point for the task.
  3. The peer assessment consists of different phases. To learn more about the process and the grading in the peer assessment, click here: https://open.hpi.de/pages/p_a?locale=en
  4. For programming exercises often the programming platform CodeOcean is used. The participant can solve the task directly in the web browser. If he/she submits his solution, the gained points are transmitted to openHPI via a standardized interface (LTI).

§ 5 Issuing the Record of Achievement

  1. openHPI is collecting the results in homework and final exam.
  2. After successfully completing all of the course requirements, the record of achievement or the graded confirmation of participation will be made available through the participant's profile page on openHPI. The performance evaluation in the record of achievement is based on the paragraphs presented in these guidelines. The record of achievement/ graded confirmation of participation is signed by the teacher of the attended MOOC. On the record of achievement the participant's e-mail address (stated in the openHPI enrollment process) is mentioned. At present,this e-mail address serves as a reliable verification feature.
  3. Please take into consideration that it can take up to two weeks before the records of achievement / graded confirmations are issued.
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