Behind openHPI is a dedicated HPI team from the Department of "Internet Technologies and Systems", led by Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel. We would like to introduce ourselves to you here.
Where we come from
openHPI evolves from our long years of research activity in the areas of e-learning and the social web. A number of powerful tools for creating and conveying learning contents are the fruit of this research:
- The tele-TASK system enables a cost-efficient and simple recording of lectures and their dissemination via a modern portal enhanced with a semantic search and social collaboration (http://tele-task.de/)
- Tele-Board allows creative collaborative work in virtual, globally distributed teams (http://tele-board.com/)
- The Tele-Lab Internet Security is used in teaching. Participants have the opportunity to gain access to virtual computer and network environments via the Internet, as they learn about and apply security technologies (https://www.tele-lab.org)
- The Semantic Media Explorer (SEMEX) enables the semantic search in multimedia data. Data is automatically processed and semantically analyzed in advance (mehr Informationen)
- Blog Intelligence allows an efficient analysis of the exponentially growing amount of data in social networks and the blogosphere (http://blog-intelligence.com)
With the implementation of openHPI, we have been able to draw on the knowledge and experience we have gained with these tools. The insights and deeper understanding of the learning processes in the social and mobile web we have acquired will subsequently flow back into our research projects.
Where we are going
The openHPI team, under the direction of Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel, has evaluated the quality of the first interactive online courses (MOOCs) in relation to openHPI. With a student team, we have begun the development of a new, even better platform for providing interactive online courses (MOOCs). This will be based on a service-oriented architecture and enable the flexible integration of
- content production workflows, as already set up for the tele-TASK portal,
- innovative learning tools and virtual labs, e.g. the Tele-Lab for Internet Security, and
- personalized learning environments (e-portfolio systems) and social networks.
Our main research topics
Our team focuses on the following issues in our research on openHPI:
- Analytics: What conclusions can be drawn from an analysis of learners’ behavior? How can these conclusions be used to improve the online learning offer?
- Semantic and Social Web: What new semantic and social web technologies can be developed to support the understanding of and navigation in online learning materials?
- Virtual Learning Labs: How can environments where learners interact with virtual IT systems be made scalable for massive participation?
- Gamification: How can the motivation of learners be increased through the functionality and design principles found in computer gaming?
- Innovative Learning Services: How can learning be promoted in the heterogenous context of where participants live and work?
Who we are
CEO / Scientific Director of the Hasso Plattner Institute
Research Associate, tele-TASK Team
Research Associate, tele-TASK Team
Former members of the openHPI team:
- Michael Totschnig, PhD, Project coordinator
- Dipl.-Inf. Elnaz Mazandarani, M.Sc., Research Associate
Many of our HPI students work (or have worked) in the openHPI Development team:
- Stefan Bunk, B.Sc.
- Nicolas Fricke, B.Sc.
- Jan Graichen
- Max Jendruk
- Hauke Klement, B.Sc.
- Daniel Moritz, B.Sc.
- Dominic Petrick, B.Sc.
- Keven Richly, B.Sc.
- Malte Swart
- Tino Junge, B.Sc.