Feeds

SAP launches mostly-free online courseware

No mention of cheap beer in software giant's offer to 'go back to university'

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Massive Online Open Courses, aka MOOCs, are flavour of the month thanks to the huge numbers of students signing up for courses offered by some of the world's most prestigious universities.

Little wonder then that one of the world's more prestigious software vendors, SAP, has clambered aboard the bandwagon with a very MOOC-like free education effort.

Open.SAP.com, for that is the name and address of the effort, bills itself as offering the chance to “go back to university to learn more about topics that are key to success in the SAP ecosystem, and combine your studies with your busy work schedule.”

Sadly that offer doesn't include cheap beer, sleeping until noon or ridiculously long holidays. Instead, students get the chance to spend four to five hours for six weeks on an “Introduction to Software Development on SAP HANA”, as the first unit is titled.

SAP's not being entirely altruistic, explaining that while “Registration, learning content, and the final exam are free of charge … to fully benefit from the course, you can access a fee-based system environment to develop your own code.”

Over 20,000 students have enrolled in the course at the time of writing. They can expect a weekly video lesson and “multiple-answer assignment”. A final exam uses the same format.

Students who get more than half of questions right in all assignments and the final test win a “Record of Achievements” that will live at students' openSAP page.

If you're thinking you might do this with some mates in the office, the student code below makes it plain SAP is taking this pretty seriously:

  • I will not share my access to openSAP with another person.
  • I will work on weekly assignments and exams on my own without the help of another person.
  • I will not publish course materials, made available through openSAP, in any way on other sites.
  • I will not make available solutions to weekly assignments and exams in any way to other learners on openSAP.
  • I will not publish on openSAP any material unrelated to the objectives of a social learning platform.

That last point is open to all sorts of interpretations. Here's ours: this is a good way to learn SAP, but nothing like going back to university. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
The 'fun-nification' of computer education – good idea?
Compulsory code schools, luvvies love it, but what about Maths and Physics?
Want to break Netflix? It'll pay you to do the job
'Senior Chaos Engineer' sought to inflict all sorts of nasty, nasty, pain
HOT BABES! Worried you won't get that JOB in IT? MENTION how hot you are
'Don't hate me 'cos I'm beautiful' ploy for sad honeys
Oracle to DBAs: your certification is about to become worthless paper
So hurry up and get a new one, will all of you who took exams for 10g and lower?
HP's axe swings AGAIN: 5,000 more staffers for the chop
Extra job cuts not linked to PC and printer biz split
Phones 4u demise: 1,700 employees laid off with redundo package
'Limited interest in remaining 362 stores', says administrator PwC
Germany strikes again over Amazon warehouse pay
Employees to walk out in long-running wage dispute
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.