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Introduction to Software Development on SAP HANA – Key Metrics (Geography, Age, Overall Scores)

Please note: This blog was originally posted on the former openSAP blog, on August 7, 2013.

Even when our first openSAP course Introduction to Software Development on SAP HANA was still in progress, many of you asked us to share some metrics on how the course was performing. Upon course completion, we provided some numbers in our final announcement. Building on this information, I would like to share and discuss the following data with you:

  • The course was held from May 27 through July 15, 2013.
  • 18,033 learners were enrolled on day 1 of the course.
  • When the final exam ended, this number had increased to 40,386.
  • 15,748 learners actively participated in the course.
  • 10,795 learners took the final exam.
  • We issued 9,383 graded records of achievement.
  • 500,000 video lectures were watched.
  • 500,000 self-tests were conducted.
  • 70,000 assignments were submitted.
  • 5,500 posts were created in the discussion forum.
  • 9,879 cloud-based SAP HANA instances were deployed by the course participants.
  • 160 private discussion groups were created by participants on openSAP.
  • 3 local meet-up sessions were organized by course participants in Walldorf, Bangalore, and Sofia.
  • 16 % of the course participants came from SAP.
  • The female to male ratio of course participants was 1:5.

Let’s take a quick look at the geographical distribution of course participants:


While it would have been fairly safe to predict the three biggest clusters in this data set (India, the United States, and Germany), the graphic confirms a far more important fact. Course participants came from 158 different countries, and 13 countries are above the 1 % threshold. This underlines the true power of MOOCs as a global tool for mass education.

The next graphic shows participants by age information:


This data set can help to clear up a common misconception: MOOCs are no longer just a trend in academia, focusing on students (learners in the age band from, say, 20 to 30). They are an attractive and powerful tool to train people in professional careers who are required to stay on top of technological trends and developments.

Finally, some thoughts on the distribution of overall scores:


Taking into account that 150 points were the minimum requirement to earn a record of achievement, I think this data shows that our first course had a decent complexity level. We do realize that many of you had to combine studies with  busy work schedules and that the self-tests, weekly assignments, and the final exam came on top of everything else. On the other hand, the whole point in offering this course was helping people who are on their way towards becoming SAP HANA developers cover a good distance of the trail ahead. It would therefore not have been adequate to make things too easy for you.

Please be aware that this blog post conveys my own, personal interpretation of the metrics we have gathered. What do you make of the data I have presented?

I look forward to your comments.

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