About this Course
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The impact of technology and networks on our lives, culture, and society continues to increase. The very fact that you can take this course from anywhere in the world requires a technological infrastructure that was designed, engineered, and built over the past sixty years. To function in an information-centric world, we need to understand the workings of network technology. This course will open up the Internet and show you how it was created, who created it and how it works. Along the way we will meet many of the innovators who developed the Internet and Web technologies that we use today. What You Will Learn: After this course you will not take the Internet and Web for granted. You will be better informed about important technological issues currently facing society. You will realize that the Internet and Web are spaces for innovation and you will get a better understanding of how you might fit into that innovation. If you get excited about the material in this course, it is a great lead-in to taking a course in Web design, Web development, programming, or even network administration. At a minimum, you will be a much wiser network citizen....
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Skills you will gain

Internet ArchitectureInternetInternet SecurityInternet Protocol (IP) Suite
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100% online courses

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Calendar

Flexible deadlines

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Approx. 12 hours to complete

Suggested: 12 hours of videos and quizzes...
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English

Subtitles: English, Italian, Russian...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Clock
29 minutes to complete

Getting Started

Welcome to the class. We will first look at the history of the Internet and Web, followed by a look at how the network works and then examine how we secure information on the Internet and Web....
Reading
3 videos (Total 9 min), 2 readings
Video3 videos
Bonus: Office Hours - Manila, Philippines1m
Bonus: Offices Hours in Portland, OR5m
Reading2 readings
Course Materials10m
Help us learn more about you!10m
Clock
2 hours to complete

History: Dawn of Electronic Computing

World War II emphasized the strategic importance of computation, communication, and information. There was unprecedented investment in the development of new technologies during the war. We start with Alan Turing and others at Bletchley Park....
Reading
7 videos (Total 89 min), 1 quiz
Video7 videos
Alan Turing and Bletchley Park24m
Bonus: Class Reunion at Bletchley Park9m
Post-War Computing and Communication8m
Using the Michigan Terminal System (through 6:00)35m
Wrap up and Reflection1m
Bonus: Office Hours - Barcelona, Spain1m
Quiz1 practice exercise
History: Dawn of Electronic Computing26m
Week
2
Clock
2 hours to complete

History: The First Internet - NSFNet

In the 1960s and 1970s, there was a great deal of research done to build the first wide-area packet switched networks for the US Department of Defense. In the 1980s, the first “Internet” was formed to allow academic researchers to access supercomputer resources....
Reading
8 videos (Total 94 min), 1 quiz
Video8 videos
Larry Smarr - NCSA12m
History Through NSFNet3m
Doug Van Houweling - NSFNet13m
Leonard Klienrock - The First Two Packets on the Internet13m
Katie Hafner - Where Wizards Stay Up Late12m
Bonus: Nii Quaynor - Bringing the Web to Africa12m
Bonus: Office Hours - Washington DC, USAm
Quiz1 practice exercise
History: The First Internet - NSFNet22m
Week
3
Clock
1 hour to complete

History: The Web Makes it Easy to Use

The World-Wide-Web was invented in 1990 but it was not an overnight success. But by 1994 - “the year of the web” - the web was being widely used and Internet usage was growing by leaps and bounds....
Reading
8 videos (Total 42 min), 1 quiz
Video8 videos
Robert Cailliau - Co-Inventor of the Web9m
The Web Becomes Content3m
Paul Kunz - The First Web Server in America5m
Building Mosaic6m
Joseph Hardin - NCSA Mosaic9m
Reflecting on Mosaicm
Bonus: Office Hours - Mexico City, Mexicom
Quiz1 practice exercise
History: The Web Makes it Easy to Use34m
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4
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1 hour to complete

History: Commercialization and Growth

The late 1990’s saw the web and Internet used increasingly to revolutionize how business was done. Companies like Amazon were founded and grew very rapidly....
Reading
8 videos (Total 57 min), 1 quiz
Video8 videos
Mitchell Baker: The Mozilla Foundation19m
Brendan Eich - Inventor of JavaScript11m
Assume the Web8m
Jeff Bezos - Founder of Amazon5m
The Modern Internet5m
Bonus: Tim Berners-Lee1m
Bonus: Office Hours - Melbourne, Australia1m
Quiz1 practice exercise
History: Commercialization and Growth18m
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Top Reviews

By SBJan 7th 2016

This is an extremely important course. I would love to see it taught in high schools or in the first year of university. We should all understand how the Internet was developed and how it functions.

By HLJun 8th 2017

The content covered in the course was of extreme value even with the Bachelor's degree course I own the content discussed was new and the knowledge acquired will be used in the present and future.

Instructor

Charles Severance

Associate Professor
School of Information

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