The Open Networking Lab will make available introductory practical computer networking skills training, in order to service the needs of vocational learners (Further Education and Apprenticeship levels), educators, and industry. The project is carried out by the Open University Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and is funded by the Ufi Charitable Trust.
Relevant concepts and skills taught include:
- Layer models of networks
- IP addresses, subnet masks and routing protocols
- Diagnosing and locating network malfunctions
- The training also will be accessible to novice learners considering technical qualifications and employment related to computer networking.
PT Anywhere is the underlying technology the project uses to teach networking concepts. The platform offers a network simulation environment via a web interface that can be accessed from any browser or as a widget inside an interactive eBook. PT Anywhere is based on the Packet Tracer network simulator for Windows and Linux developed by the Cisco Networking Academy.