Hands-on Vocational Learning in Computer Networking
Dr. Alexander Mikroyannidis
The Open University, UK
Hands-on Vocational Learning in
The Open Networking Lab
– (i) to develop and pilot world-leading, industry-
based simulation software for the practical learning
of computer networking on any internet-connected
– (ii) to address the significant technical skills gap in
industry by providing high quality online experiential
learning resources for teaching computer networking
to novice learners;
– (iii) to provide and promote lifelong learning
resources in a key industry area, in order to help
more people into skilled employment, thus addressing
the significant technical skills gap in the industry.
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.
PT Anywhere is
available as a widget
that can be
embedded inside an
online course, a
(like Moodle or
Sakai), or an
(like Apple’s iBooks).
Interactive learning resources
the provision of PT
Currently piloting and evaluating our learning
resources with vocational education providers
within the UK Cisco Networking Academy.
In the next phase of the project, our learning
resources will be rolled out through the Open
University’s award-winning OpenLearn open