Resources

The centrepiece of the Open Networking Lab is the network simulator PT Anywhere. PT Anywhere can be accessed on any web-browser (you can try it here), and allows learners to design, implement and run virtual communication networks that would otherwise require expensive hardware.

PT Anywhere representation of a simple internet-connected local area network (available to try here)

In a network like the one shown above, each component must be correctly configured. A PT Anywhere network is configured just as a ‘real’ network would be. When settings are applied correctly, the simulation behaves like a properly configured network. Data sent from one device to another will be received by the correct device. During configuration, PT Anywhere gives users feedback on how the network is functioning to aid troubleshooting and problem solving.

More advanced work will introduce students to network design. Large institutions, for example, typically have differently configured networks for online retail, real-time audio-visual traffic or teleworking. Each network typically requires particular properties, such as resilience, speed, remote access and security. Network-design skill is essential for the creation of networks and subnetworks for particular functions.

Links to the learning resources produced by the project will be added here as soon as they are published.

 

News

21
Sep

Presentation at the ALT 2018 conference

Open Networking Lab

Blog post by Karen Kear & Andrew Smith Karen Kear and Andrew Smith went to the Association of Learning Technologies Conference (ALT-C) at Manchester University during early September 2018. The ALT has been established for 25 years as a community of learning technologists and engaged academics.   We presented on the progress of the Open Networking Lab (ONL) project and early data from...

20
Jun

Presentation at the CALRG annual conference

Open Networking Lab

Blog post by Jon Rosewell Jon Rosewell, on behalf of the Open Networking Lab team, gave a presentation at the Open University Computers and Learning Research Group (CALRG) annual conference. CALRG has been in existence at the Open University for 40 years and is one of the UK’s leading research groups in the use of technologies in education. Jon introduced the Open Networking Lab project...

13
Jun

From zero to hero – the challenge of bridging the internet technology knowledge gap!

Open Networking Lab

Blog post by Andrew Smith There are many excellent vocational learning programmes offering teaching material about programming, cyber security, database systems, computer systems maintenance, Internet of Things and network engineering. However, the challenge for vocational learning providers is seldom around content - there is plenty of resource available if providers opt into using it. The...

13
Jun

How to set up a successful Impact project from scratch

Open Networking Lab

Blog post by Andrew Smith No successful impact project actually starts from zero - having nothing behind it. It is all about the community, connections and work that has already been created. Early on, you will need to establish who your allies are when creating an impact project. These are the foundations on which you build to ensure success, and reach out to a broad vocational community....

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