This is an introductory course on computer networking, specifically the Internet. It focuses on explaining how the Internet works, ranging from how bits are modulated on wires and in wireless to application-level protocols like BitTorrent and HTTP. It also explains the principles of how to design networks and network protocols. Students gain experience reading and understanding RFCs (Internet protocol specifications) as statements of what a system should do. The course grounds many of the concepts in current practice and recent developments, such as net neutrality and DNS security.
Students need an introductory course in probability, a strong understanding of bits and bytes, and knowledge of how computers lay out data in memory.
MOOCs stand for Massive Open Online Courses. These arefree online courses from universities around the world (eg. StanfordHarvardMIT) offered to anyone with an internet connection.
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To register for a course, click on "Go to Class" button on the course page. This will take you to the providers website where you can register for the course.
How do these MOOCs or free online courses work?
MOOCs are designed for an online audience, teaching primarily through short (5-20 min.) pre recorded video lectures, that you watch on weekly schedule when convenient for you. They also have student discussion forums, homework/assignments, and online quizzes or exams.
I took this class the first time it was offered (Fall/Winter of 2012?) back on the old Stanford MOOC platform. It is a little on the computer science-ey side, so you will learn about protocols and design considerations; not so much practical hands on network configurations that a technician would need. I also don't recall much of an emphasis on networking from the perspective of an enterprise network (which is what most practitioners who work in networking live), however many of the concepts are also applicable to an enterprise.
However even if your interest is as a technician in an enterprise environment, you will find this material to be useful.
I just scanned the 74 pages(!) of notes (one sided) I took from this class. The content is in depth and very insightful.
Overall that was a phenomenal class, and I highly recommend that you take it!
I have just finished this course . It was a great experience. Before taking this course I though I know this stuff . But Phil and Nick has opened my eyes. Additionally the guest lectures by Vint Cerf and others added a new dimension to the course.