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Explore how computer networks operate, discover how data is sent around the internet and put your understanding into practice using the PT Anywhere network simulator to create your own simulated computer networks.
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PT Anywhere offers a network simulation environment via a web interface that can be accessed from any web 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.
Rather than replicate Packet Tracer’s functionality in a web application, PT Anywhere is offering its basic functionality from a minimalistic interface that can be adapted to different learning contexts and purposes. PT Anywhere is available as a widget that can be embedded inside an online course, a Learning Management System (like Moodle or Sakai), or an interactive eBook (like Apple’s iBooks).
PT Anywhere has been jointly developed by the Open University and Cisco in the context of the projects FORGE and Open Networking Lab. Cisco recognises the potential of PT Anywhere as a novel learning tool, building on top of and extending both the capabilities and audience reach of the Packet Tracer software. Nuno Guarda, Head of Corporate Affairs for Cisco in the United Kingdom and Ireland, sees PT Anywhere as a “significant strategic development” and states that “while we currently reach over a million students using Packet Tracer, the potential for the iPad and possibly HTML5 brings a new and very exciting dimension.”
You can use PT Anywhere as a standalone educational tool here. The open source code is available on Github. You can learn how to install it in your own server here. You can download the PT Anywhere widget for use within an iBook here. You can find more information about the use of HTML5 widgets in iBooks here. The FORGE iBook that includes the PT Anywhere widget is available to download for free here.
PT Anywhere is featured in a free online course entitled “Discovering computer networks: hands on in the Open Networking Lab”, where learners can explore how computer networks operate, discover how data is sent around the internet, as well as put their understanding into practice using the PT Anywhere network simulator to create their own simulated computer networks. Upon completion of the course, learners will earn a free statement of participation issued by The Open University.
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