24 March 2014

Free online course on the Internet from German institute

A free six-week online course on the foundations of the Internet will be offered in English by Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) on its international learning platform at  http://www.openhpi.de

Institute Director Professor Christoph Meinel will be discussing the technical foundations of the "network of networks" starting March 31. The massive open online course (MOOC) entitled "Introduction to Internetworking with TCP/IP" is open to everyone, with free registration here
"Anyone who uses the Internet daily to order goods, read the news, or send e-mails should have the opportunity to understand the necessary technologies that make all of this possible," said Meinel. 

The course will cover the foundation of digital data transfer, the working principles of local networks (LANs) and wide area networks (WANs), the TCP/IP reference model and Internet protocols (IP), as well as applications such as e-mail and audio/video communication. 

A video preview of Meinel's course can viewed here.

In preparation for the course, HPI increased the student capacity of the underlying software, and enhanced the display of content for mobile devices. A new community forum supports collaborative learning.