Discovering Computer Networks

News by Stephen Hinde, Community Manager for Ufi Charitable Trust.

We offered funding to a project by The Open University as part of our VocTech Impact 2017 funding round. The aim of their project is to address the shortage of people with the necessary networking skills in our ever more connected world. To address this shortage The OU are now providing a platform for anyone to learn introductory & practical networking skills through a web-based network simulation package.

Following the news that the platform is now being rolled out, Rebecca Garrod-Waters, CEO of Ufi Charitable Trust, congratulated the project delivery team at The Open University by saying

It's fantastic to see that the hard work put in to the development of this platform has all come together and resulted in a truly beneficial platform that will give more people more skills for work, now and in the future. 

Andrew Smith, Senior Lecturer in Networking, highlighted the importance of Ufi's support, and a wider network within the EdTech & VocTech community by adding

Discover Computer Networks is designed to support vocational students on their learning journey - starting from no experience and becoming accomplished. Working with Ufi Trust and the wider further education vocational learning community has been fundamental in assuring the project's success and establishing its practical credentials.


 


The below text is taken from the course's dedicated page on OpenLearn - free learning from The Open University here. (New Window)

Discover Computer Networks is designed to support vocational students on their learning journey - starting from no experience and becoming accomplished. Working with Ufi Trust and the wider further education vocational learning community has been fundamental in assuring the projects success and establishing its practical credentials.

Have you ever wondered how the internet gets into your home, workplace, college or school? How do all the computers, phones, tablets, printers and other devices connect and work together?

In this free OpenLearn online course Discovering computer networks: hands on in the Open Networking Lab you can explore how computer networks operate. Using the course’s embedded online network simulator you will be able to put into practice your new network technology skills.

The course is taught by lecturers at The Open University and working network engineers - through their breadth of experience you can gain a sound understanding of the underlying principles of computer networks including the internet.

The course starts by looking at home networking, introducing key networking principles, as used in relatively small computer networks. Later, the course looks at commercial networking, where the same concepts and principles apply but at a larger scale.

The course was developed by the Open University in collaboration with the world-leading computer networking company Cisco. 
The course developers are delighted to be continuing their relationship with the Ufi Charitable Trust, who provided funding for the course. Further Ufi funding is now being used to make the network simulator accessible to learners with visual impairments.


Ufi offers funding and investment for the development of innovative uses of digital technologies to give adults across the UK the skills they need for work. Stay up to do date with our funding rounds and stories from our projects on Twitter and LinkedIn at @UfiTrust