For the growing global community of online learners, the openHPI platform of the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) offers new free online courses on AI, quantum computing and digitization, among others, in 2023. They should help to better understand and shape the digital transformation. The aim is to impart essential basic knowledge to young people and IT laymen, as well as to support experts in professional training, the institute said.
Free online courses on AI, quantum computing and digitization
The focus in 2023 will therefore be on offers in the areas of artificial intelligence, quantum computing and more sustainable digitization. But aspects such as learning to code, blockchain technology, the Internet of Things as well as security and legal issues are also on the agenda for 2023. The continuously adapted planning status can be followed here: https://open.hpi.de/courses.
“With our free and low-threshold educational offer on openHPI, we basically want to reach everyone who uses the Internet,” assures Prof. Christoph Meinel, head of the Department of Internet Technologies and Systems and one of the managing directors of the institute. When selecting topics, care is taken to always include enough beginner courses with high relevance and topicality in the program. If you want, you can complete the courses with examination and certificate and thus prove your acquired latest knowledge, for example in an application.
Free online courses start in January
The annual program starts on January 25 with a special course on the analysis of large amounts of data and the use of artificial intelligence. In English, it teaches students and scientists in particular how simple problems in this field can be solved by means of probability calculation. You can register for the four-week free course “Introduction to Bayesian Data Analysis” on openHPI under https://open.hpi.de/courses/bayesian-statistics2023.
Artificial intelligence and quantum computing important focal points
As artificial intelligence continues to penetrate more and more areas of everyday life – from digital voice assistants and recommendation systems on Amazon or Netflix to intelligent heating systems and classic Google search – huge amounts of data are needed to train the corresponding AI models. Therefore, a new online course, which starts in April, highlights many aspects that are crucial for the quality of such data. Scientific experts from the fields of computer science, law, ethics and standardization will have their say. Registration for the free course is possible here: https://open.hpi.de/courses/kidaten2023.
“AI and machine learning are trending topics that are enjoying growing popularity among openHPI users,” reports e-learning expert Meinel. Further free online courses are therefore being planned. The HPI professor also sees quantum technology as another key technology that could revolutionize the development of many industries in just a few years.
“That’s why we offer a diverse accompanying program at openHPI, with which interested parties can acquire a basic understanding of quantum algorithms or go deeper into the matter,” emphasizes Meinel. As examples, he cites the courses “Quantum Algorithms and Implementation – Part 1”, “Quantum Machine Learning” and “From Bit to Qubit”. Details can be found here: https://open.hpi.de/channels/quantum.
Common programming languages easily explained by free online courses
The openHPI learning platform will also offer attractive free online courses to school classes and the young-at-heart programming enthusiasts in 2023. Also on the program are the popular beginner offers “Object-oriented programming in Java” and “Learning programming with Python” in the school version. “Students can look forward to a playful introduction to the popular programming languages,” assures computer science professor Meinel.
The courses will be available from 27 February and are designed in such a way that they can be easily integrated into computer science lessons. Registration is possible under https://open.hpi.de/courses/javaeinstieg-schule20231811 (Java) and https://open.hpi.de/courses/pythonjunior-schule2023 (Python). According to Meinel, a series of further online courses on object-oriented programming in Java are planned for summer and autumn. They will soon be available in the course overview.
“Good math basics are a prerequisite for studying computer science”
Starting September 13, HPI scientist Dr. Timo Kötzing will offer a preliminary course in mathematics on openHPI, which is primarily aimed at anyone who wants to study computer science. “In this free course, we will review the basics of mathematics that are essential for studying computer science,” says the course instructor. In addition to number ranges and arithmetic with unknowns, logarithms and exponentiation as well as differential and integral calculus will be part of the four-week course. Interested parties can register at https://open.hpi.de/courses/mathe2023.
Course on Knowledge Graphs as the Backbone of Modern Information Systems
In autumn 2023, the openHPI learning platform will offer a new course on an area that is closely intertwined with the topic of AI: Knowledge Graphs. To put it simply, these are database systems on the Internet that collect many frequently entered search words and display associated content. The best known is probably the Knowledge Graph of the search engine provider Google.
With its help, in addition to the actual results of the request, further relevant information from various sources is structured and clearly summarized in a separate box. This saves users further website visits. If you want to know how Knowledge Graphs are implemented and used, you should register for the six-week expert course of the same name, which Prof. Harald Sack starts on October 11: https://open.hpi.de/courses/knowledgegraphs2023.
Background on the educational platform openHPI
As a pioneer among European scientific institutions, the Hasso Plattner Institute launched its interactive courses on 5 September 2012 – on the Internet platform https://open.hpi.de. Since then, it has offered free access to up-to-date university knowledge from the rapidly changing fields of information technology and innovation. So far, this has mainly been done in German and English. In autumn 2017, openHPI also offered the online translation and subtitling of a course in eleven world languages for the first time.
In the meantime, more than 1.1 million course registrations have been registered on openHPI. Around 315,000 people from 180 countries are currently part of the fixed user group on the platform. It grows daily. To date, the institute has issued more than 128,000 certificates for particularly successful participants in its “Massive Open Online Courses”, or MOOCs for short. The openHPI annual program includes numerous offers for IT beginners and experts. The more than 100 courses offered in the past can still be used in self-study – also free of charge.
Students can now also have credit points credited at their university for completing openHPI courses. If you want to watch video lessons from the courses on the go even if no Internet connection is guaranteed (e.g. on the plane), you can also use the openHPI app for Android mobile devices, iPhones or iPads. Partner platforms that work with the same learning technology include openSAcP and OpenWHO.
In addition, the HPI platform is used at the AI campus. This project, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, is intended to strengthen the population’s skills in the field of artificial intelligence. The Internet learning platform eGov-Campus, which offers university-level education on the topics of e-government and administrative informatics, also works with openHPI technology.
Questions and answers
What is the openHPI platform, and how does it offer online learning opportunities?
The openHPI platform is an online learning platform developed by the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) that offers Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on various topics, including computer science, AI, programming, and other emerging technologies. It provides high-quality educational content, interactive learning experiences, and opportunities to connect with a global community of learners and experts.
What is the Joint Programming Initiative (JPI), and how does it support research and innovation?
The Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) is a collaboration between EU member states and associated countries that aims to align national research agendas, pool resources, and address shared societal challenges. By fostering cross-border research cooperation, JPI helps accelerate the development and implementation of innovative solutions in various fields, including AI and programming.
How can I find AI courses on the openHPI platform?
To find AI courses on the openHPI platform, simply visit their website and browse the course catalog or use the search function to filter results based on your interests. You can search for keywords like “artificial intelligence,” “machine learning,” or “deep learning” to find relevant courses and start learning right away.
Are there any prerequisites for enrolling in programming courses on openHPI?
Prerequisites for programming courses on openHPI may vary depending on the course level and content. Some courses are designed for beginners with no prior programming experience, while others may require a basic understanding of programming concepts or a specific programming language. Be sure to review the course description and prerequisites before enrolling.
How much do AI and programming courses on openHPI cost?
Most courses on the openHPI platform are available for free, allowing learners to access high-quality educational content without any financial burden. However, optional certificates may be offered at a nominal fee to learners who wish to showcase their achievements.
Are openHPI courses self-paced or instructor-led?
openHPI courses are typically self-paced, allowing learners to complete the course material at their own convenience. However, some courses may have fixed start and end dates, with regular deadlines for assignments and quizzes to keep learners on track.
Can I earn professional certificates or credits for completing AI and programming courses on openHPI?
Yes, openHPI offers professional certificates for learners who successfully complete certain courses, demonstrating their mastery of the subject matter. Some courses may also be eligible for academic credits, depending on the learner’s institution and the course content. Always check the course description for specific information on certificates and credits.
What types of resources are available to support learners on the openHPI platform?
The openHPI platform offers a variety of resources to support learners, including video lectures, reading materials, quizzes, and practical exercises. Additionally, learners can participate in online forums to discuss course content, ask questions, and collaborate with peers and instructors.
Are there any programming language-specific courses available on openHPI?