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Win a MacBook Air with openSAP’s Latest Course with Peer Assessment

“What may be done at any time will be done at no time.”

– Scottish Proverb

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Have you signed up for an eLearning but something came up and you didn’t ever finish it? Procrastination is common and to avoid it, there has been a wave of new methods to increase effectiveness of learning online. SAP has adapted one of these, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). SAP launched openSAP in May 2013 to deliver MOOCs to an unrestricted audience and completely free of charge.

openSAP MOOCs provide a motivational way of learning through weekly assignment deadlines. Weekly assignments and a final exam test learners on the knowledge that they’ve gained throughout the course gathering points that are needed to earn a Record of Achievement (RoA). To add further motivation, learners can see how they are doing compared to their peers, as the RoA includes not only the learner’s grade but also shows the learner’s ranking if they are included in the top 5%, 10%, and so on. Social learning is another important component of MOOCs keeping the learner’s motivation high. The days where eLearning took place in isolation are gone. Learners can ask questions and discuss related topics with peers and SAP experts through discussion forums. But learning concepts alone is not enough: as Benjamin Franklin said:

“Tell me and I forget,

teach me and I may remember,

involve me and I learn.”

Learners want to experience hands-on what they have learned. openSAP MOOCs let learners apply what they have learned by using exercises in cloud-based systems and since Q4 2015 by using Peer Assessment. Peer Assessment allows learners to submit assignments like an app design that needs human evaluation and that is graded by their peers along with SAP experts.

Based on the feedback and popularity of this new feature, openSAP has developed the format further and in the next SAP Fiori course, Build Your Own SAP Fiori App in the Cloud, new phases will be introduced to enhance the benefit for learners even further. But how does peer assessment work?


Participants are invited to design and build an SAP Fiori app in the cloud and submit it for grading. To ensure a similar grading standard across all peers, learners evaluate a few training submissions. Once they submit their grade, they can compare their grade to the grading of experts and get a better understanding of what the experts are looking for. Once the learners know what to look for when grading, they are ready to start evaluating their peers’ work. They grade the work based on a number of pre-defined criteria but they must also provide constructive written feedback with reasons behind their grading choices. Graders are encouraged to provide meaningful feedback and can earn additional points for applying objective grading and constructive feedback to their peers.

Once learners have completed grading of their peers, they have time to reflect on their own submission and compare it to their peers’ submissions. Learners can then evaluate their own submission in an objective way and they can earn additional points if they grade themselves closely to the grade which their peers’ applied. SAP experts evaluate submissions that are marked as outstanding by evaluating peers.

The best submissions will be shared with learners once the assessment has closed and the top three submitters will receive a MacBook Air.

If you’re interested in experiencing the openSAP peer assessment, sign up today for this free openSAP course, Build Your Own SAP Fiori App in the Cloud. openSAP is open to everyone and all you need to sign up is a valid e-mail address.

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