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

Please note: This blog was originally posted on the former openSAP blog, on April 8, 2014.

Similar to the first two openSAP courses, I want to share the key statistics for the repeat of Introduction to Software Development on SAP HANA:

  • The course was held from October 24 through December 12, 2013.
  • 18,685 learners were enrolled on day 1 of the course.
  • By the middle of the course duration 24,550 learners were enrolled*
  • When the final exam ended, this number had increased to 26,935.
  • 7,447 learners actively participated in the course.
  • We issued 4,323 graded Records of Achievement.
  • More than 200,000 videos were watched.
  • More than 160.000 self-tests were conducted.
  • 2,750 posts were created in the discussion forum.
  • 12 % of the course participants came from SAP.
  • The female to male ratio of course participants was 1: 4.9

Let us interpret some of the high level numbers:

  • 7,447 active participants: This means 30 % of enrolled learners* were actively taking part in the course. This is an impressive rate  in comparison to other MOOC offerings
  • For our course it means that 58% of all active participants earned a graded Record of Achievement
  • In addition, the completion rate is high above the average completion rate compared to other massive open online courses

* We decided to use the number of enrollments we counted in the middle of the course. Why? Because we say that all people that enroll until the middle of a course have (still) a realistic chance to complete it with a Record of Achievement.

Combining both runs of the course, Introduction to Software Development on SAP HANA, here are the overall figures on SAP HANA enablement.

  • In total, there were 23,195 active participants
  • We issued 13,705 graded Records of Achievement
  • In total 8,200 discussion forum posts were created

Again I want to share a diagram visualizing the geographical distribution of course participants with you:


Course participants came from 91 different countries, and 14 countries are above the 1 % threshold.

Interestingly, the US leads the 3 biggest data clusters for the first time.  We would like to welcome Belgium, Switzerland and Russia over the 1% threshold.

The next graphic shows participants by age:


Compared to the first run of this course the graph shows that the distribution of age is slightly broader.

Ok, now let us come to the distribution of overall scores:


As you can see over 300 participants reached the maximum score of 300 points with their Record of Achievement. This is an impressive number. But we also need to consider that this course allowed you to earn bonus points, as Thomas Jung and Rich Heilmann offered Extra Knowledge Sessions.

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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