SAP extends MOOC training to mobility

By Emily Jacobs

SAP has announced the continuation of their massive open online course (MOOC) format for IT professionals through the openSAP platform.

The initial developer course saw 40,000 virtual attendees from 158 countries learning about the SAP HANA platform, one of the largest corporate MOOCs. Based on this success, SAP will offer a new MOOC, addressing mobile solutions development.

Professor Hasso Plattner, chairman of the Supervisory Board of SAP AG said utilising new technologies was key in reaching so many people.

“This new form of education in IT is taking off, and the breakthrough for me is the interaction among the students,” he said.

“We could not have trained that many people in this short period of time through traditional educational courses. The real-time speed of SAP HANA and the lifestyle of the Facebook generation fit perfectly.”

The inaugural enterprise offered IT professionals and students an interactive way to participate in career-enabling activities. SAP experts and SAP HANA developers were on hand to work collaboratively with attendees on the platform. 16,000 learners actively participated, with nearly 9400 receiving a record of achievement. In all, 500,000 video lectures were watched, 70,000 assignments submitted and 160 private discussion groups created, generating 5500 posts.  Attendees responded positively to the combination of video lectures, self-tests, gamification, community and social Web delivered on both PC and mobile devices.

In the upcoming MOOC, attendees will learn how to leverage mobile and cloud technology from SAP to develop mobile enterprise apps. The course will also show how businesses can support the influx of mobile devices and apps at work while also maintaining control over costs, complexity and mobile data security concerns.

Dr Bernd Welz, executive vice- president and head of Solution and Knowledge packaging at SAP, said the program’s success is encouraging.

“We were positively surprised by the large number of developers participating in our first open online course on SAP HANA,” he said.

“We are on the right track in terms of getting the knowledge on SAP innovation out, and will now continue with a new course on mobile solutions development for the enterprise.”

Registration for the upcoming MOOC is now open for everyone on openSAP. The six-week course, ‘Mobile Solution Development for the Enterprise’, is scheduled to begin 9 September 2013.

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