MOOC: New Internet Course on International Learning Platform openHPI

March 21, 2014

POTSDAM, Germany, March 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –

A comprehensive look at the complex world of Internet technology is given in the free
online course offered by German Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI), starting Monday, March 31,
at its international learning platform http://www.openHPI.de. Institute director,
Prof. Christoph Meinel will be instructing the course in English on the technical
foundations of the “network of networks.” The six-week massive open online course,
entitled “Introduction to Internetworking with TCP/IP”, is open to everyone, with free
registration at https://openhpi.de/course/internetworking2014. The technology and
design of openHPI has been further improved to coincide with the start of the course.

Meinel describes the intention of the online course as a learning experience that is
open to all: “Anyone who uses the Internet daily to order goods, read the news, or send
e-mails should have the opportunity to understand the necessary technologies that make all
of this possible.” The German computer science professor will make areas accessible to
participants such as the foundation of digital data transfer, and the principles of how
local networks (LANs) and wide area networks (WANs) work. A further focal point of the
course is the “heart” of the Internet: the TCP/IP reference model and the Internet
protocols, as well as applications such as e-mail and audio/video communication. A preview
of Meinel’s course can be seen in this YouTube video:


The course is being offered with an improved technical foundation. The underlying
software is now ready for a larger number of users. Another new feature is the enhanced
display of content – now also adapted to mobile end devices. Furthermore, the platform
supports collaborative learning in a social learning community by facilitating
communication in its new forum.

Press Contact: presse@hpi.uni-potsdam.de, Spokesman Hans-Joachim Allgaier, M.A.,
Tel.: +49(0)331-55-09-119.

SOURCE HPI Hasso-Plattner-Institute

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