August 31, 2020 – In 25 major German cities, the learning activities of users of open online courses on digitization topics have more than doubled compared to 2018.
by Susan Rönisch
That has a study of Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI)
surrender. According to the analysis, eight of the 25 large cities even show growth rates between 200 and almost 290 percent for IT courses online. According to the Potsdam Institute, many people use the time of social distancing and domestic seclusion to expand their digital skills with online courses.
According to the study, Bergisch Gladbach, Paderborn and Rostock form the leading trio in the ranking of the 25 major German cities that have seen the strongest increases in digital learning activities since 2018. In contrast, the major cities of Ludwigshafen (minus 46 percent), Potsdam (minus 48 percent), Hanover (minus 89 percent) and Saarbrücken (minus 92 percent) recorded declines in learning activities compared to 2018. Potsdam was the only one of these large cities to at least increase the rate of online learners per 1,000 inhabitants – by 66 percent.
Germany’s south remains top thanks to the most avid online learners
In this year’s openHPI statistics of all German locations with the absolute highest density of IT learning activities, a small municipality from Rhineland-Palatinate is at the top: Oberneisen in the Rhein-Lahn district has a value of 46,725 learning activities per 1,000 inhabitants. Far behind are Wiesloch in Baden-Württemberg (Rhein-Neckar-Kreis) with 11,215 and Hammersbach in Main-Kinzig in East Hesse with 8,211 learning activities per 1,000 inhabitants. Potsdam ranks fourth with a value of 6,924.
Of the 30 cities and municipalities that shine with the most activities in the online courses per capita, 25 are in the south of Germany – nine in Baden-Württemberg, eight in Hesse and four each in Rhineland-Palatinate and Bavaria. This confirms the finding of a similar HPI analysis from 2018, according to which people in southern Germany are among the most eager to learn digitally. If you look exclusively at the most populous German cities and the IT learning activities of their citizens on openHPI, according to the analysis of the institute, the result is a ranking that is led by Frankfurt / Main, Stuttgart and Berlin.
Up to 290 percent growth in digital learning – the most active live in the south of Germany
Graphic: Hasso Plattner Institute