openHPI is a platform for massive open online courses (MOOC) in the field of computer science and information technology. It is hosted at the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) in Potsdam, Germany. openHPI is open for everyone, participation is free of costs. Everybody can register and enroll for courses without any prerequisites. openHPI’s courses are derived from HPI’s bachelor and master programs in IT-Systems Engineering and cover both, foundations of information technology as well as highly topical innovations.
The course languages are English and German. All courses follow the same educational scenario: The subject domain is split up into six weekly units. For each week, video lectures, reading materials, and quizzes are produced and presented in a learning sequence. Discussion forums are set up for each week, and actively moderated by the teaching team. Learning progress is assessed through self-tests that can be taken an indefinite number of times, and homework, where points are granted and collected for the final score, required for obtaining the certificate. After a course ends, materials stay available in archive mode.
The platform pioneered the MOOC format in Germany and started in September 2012. Until now the following courses have been offered.