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Understanding the Internet (Blended Learning)

Learn how the internet works, how it is globally governed and your role as a citizen in cyberspace.

942 enrolled on this course

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  • Duration

    4 weeks
  • Weekly study

    5 hours
  • Digital upgrade


This course will introduce all kinds of information about the Internet, from its birth to current progress, giving a clear vision of your role in cyberspace and the importance of engineering for improving Internet infrastructure.

You’ll learn how the internet works, how it is operated, how it is globally governed and the important roles you play as a citizen of cyberspace.

What topics will you cover?

In Week 1, you will learn what the Internet is by examining each essential element, such as digital data, IP address, and how the data travels on the Internet. You’ll also understand a brief history of the Internet.

In Week 2, we will dive into the network technology to understand how is the Internet working. The important keyword here is “protocol.” You will find out how simple the design basics of the Internet are.

In Week 3, we will see several types of applications from the network technology point of view. You will enjoy knowing how the Internet evolved to meet users’ requirements throughout its history.

In Week 4, you will learn about the global Internet community that operates, manages, and governs the Internet. And you’ll realize that you are part of it and has the essential roles to play as a citizen of cyberspace.

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explain what is the Internet
  • Explain how the Internet is running
  • Describe the technology behind the Internet
  • Discuss the importance of global collaboration to make the Internet
  • Discuss the individual responsibility for the future Internet
  • Discuss the future of the Internet
  • Evaluate your internet connectivity
  • Investigate the network problem in your house
  • Debate privacy and security issues related to the Internet
  • Explore your career in the Internet industry

Who is the course for?

This course is recommended everyone who daily uses the internet to understand the role of ourself as a citizen of cyberspace.

Who will you learn with?

Distinguished Professor, Keio University
Founder, WIDE Project
"Internet Hall of Fame (Pioneer)"

Who developed the course?

Keio University

Keio University is Japan’s first modern institution of higher learning, and since 1858 has established itself as a leader in Japan through its continued commitment to education, research and medicine.

  • Established

  • Location

    Tokyo, Japan
  • World ranking

    Top 200Source: QS World University Rankings 2021

APIE (Asia Pacific Internet Engineering Program)

The APIE program is designed and operated by the SOI Asia project, in partnership with APNIC, WIDE Project and AITAC.

Through the APIE program, we believe that students in the Asia Pacific region will learn Internet philosophy, practical skills for network operation and engineering, and collaboration in diversity, becoming professional network engineers who can contribute to the future of the Internet community in the area.

What's included?

Keio University are offering everyone who joins this course a free digital upgrade, so that you can experience the full benefits of studying online for free. This means that you get:

  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • A PDF Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you’re eligible
  • Learning on FutureLearn

    Your learning, your rules

    • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
    • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
    • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

    Join a global classroom

    • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
    • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
    • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

    Map your progress

    • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
    • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
    • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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