openSAP: Developing Mobile Apps with SAP HANA Cloud Platform – Key Metrics
The openSAP course, Developing Mobile Apps with SAP HANA Cloud Platform, has completed and I just closed the discussion forums and the final mail announcing the publication of the course certificates. Now is the best time to share some key metrics and experiences of this course with you.
Overall Course Metrics
Developing Mobile Apps with SAP HANA Cloud Platform was delivered by Jeff Gebo and Dhimant Patel from the SAP Technology RIG.
By mid-November, when the course was ongoing, I already posted a blog with some preliminary course statistics here on SCN. Now I can outline how these numbers evolved until the end of the course and provide some further details:
- The course started on October 27 and continued over six weeks with a final exam finishing on December 16.
- 7,660 learners were enrolled when Course Week 1 started on October 27.
- 5,986 learners were enrolled when the optional System Setup phase started two weeks earlier on October 13.
- In the middle of the course 9,142 learners were enrolled
- When the course closed, this number had increased to 10,984.
- We issued 1,332 graded Records of Achievement.
- There were almost 80,000 video views
- 2,876 posts were created in the discussion forum.
- 86,5 % of the course participants came from outside SAP
- 11,5 % of the participants are female and 88,5 % are male
In the preliminary statistics blog I already shared some figures about the regions where learners came from, now I can drill down a bit deeper and share the top countries with you:
Course participants came from more than 90 different countries, whereof 17 countries are above the 1 % threshold.
Three countries account for 55.9% of all enrollments for this course. As you can see the three countries with the highest enrollment % are India, Germany and the United States.
Participants by Age
The next diagram shows the participants by age:
The age of participants spans from 16 to 67. You see that most course participants are from age 22 to 56, and that there is a peak between 24 and 38.
These numbers fit to another figure: Roughly 95% of the course participants are (IT-) professionals, while ~5% are students.
Let us quickly look on the success rate:
We use the number of enrollments at the middle of the course to measure the success rate. Why? Because we say that all people that enroll until the middle of a course still have a realistic chance to complete it with a Record of Achievement.
From the 9,142 participants that were enrolled when course week 4 was about to start, 1,332 learners earned a Record of Achievement for the course – this leads to the success rate of ~14,6 %.
To be part of the top 5%, the course participants needed to earn at least 354.7 points, for the top 10% they needed 350.3 points and for the top 20% they needed 343.7 points.
19 participants earned a Record of Achievement with 100%. This means they answered each and every assignment question correctly. Hats off! I know it was not easy to achieve such a perfect result.
Optional System Exercises
The course started on October 27 with course week 1, but two weeks earlier on October 13 we had already opened the gates to allow students that chose to participate in the optional system exercises to watch four video units about the System Preparation and to ask related questions to our instructors and further content experts in the course forum. We wanted to give learners a chance to have everything in place when the system exercises started.
In course week 1, we opened a survey to measure the effect of the System Preparation phase.
The decisive question was: “Did you manage to successfully sign in for the trial accounts and set up your local development environment?”
From 1,059 learners that answered this question, 790 said Yes, 269 No and 287 said Not applicable (I did not participate in the system preparation phase).
I read this as follows: From the learners taking part in the two-week system set-up phase ~76 % managed properly to register for the cloud trial accounts and to set up their local development environment.
For sure this percentage can only be an indicator, as not each learner took part in the survey, but it shows clearly that the effort was worth it to offer these two additional course weeks, with the explaining videos, the system preparation guides and especially the expert’s extra effort in the forum to answer any system related questions.
Last but not least I want to conclude this blog with a look at the discussion forum.
We had a lot of questions, discussions and comments in the forum:
Today when I closed the forum I counted 2,876 posts. For me, this is one of the most impressive numbers of this course on mobile application development, as it demonstrates how collaborative the course was. Learners were very active in communicating their questions and discussion points, and the experts were equally active in answering their questions.
I want to explicitly highlight that also many students were supporting their peers by providing ideas and sharing their best-practices.
I did a run through the forum to dive a bit deeper into the context of these forum posts.
The result is that almost 94% of the discussion posts deal with the optional system exercises and the system set-up for these. The rest (~6 %) are discussions and questions about mobile strategies, (very positive) feedback quotes about the course in the I like, I wish section and general questions about the openSAP platform.
It is great to see that the discussion forums were used so intensively and that the content of these discussions were focused on the practical exercises. For me it shows that a huge number of learners were actively participating in this optional learning offering from Jeff and Dhimant.
Again I want to mention the great blog series from Jitendra Kansal, who continued to share his personal lessons learned and helpful best practices for each course week:
Before I finalize this blog I want to highlight that delivering this course was a great experience for all involved. For me, as openSAP project manager, it was a highlight to work closely together with such competent and passionate instructors like Jeff and Dhimant and to see so many participants actively learning and communicating! Thanks to all participants and experts for making this learning journey possible.
Please be aware that this blog post conveys my own, personal interpretation of the metrics we have gathered.