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Deepen Students' Understanding of Computer Networking via a Project-oriented Cooperative Learning Strategy

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

Start Date

June 15, 2019

End Date

October 19, 2019

Conference Session

Active & Cooperative Learning in ECE

Tagged Division

Electrical and Computer

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Guodong Wang Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

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Dr. Guodong Wang is currently an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA). His research topics include: (1) Big data transfer in high-speed networks; (2) Future Network Architecture, e.g., Software Defined Networking (SDN); (3) Future Smart Grid Architecture; and (4) Cyber Security in Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) and Internet of Things (IoT). He has published over 30 research papers on prestigious journals and conferences, among which, one paper has received Best Paper Award and another received Best Application Paper Award Candidate. He has also been serving as Chair, Reviewer and TPC member for numerous journals and conferences. He has been teaching computer networking and network security and advising both undergraduate students and graduate students.

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Yanxiao Zhao Virginia Commonwealth University

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Dr. Yanxiao Zhao is an Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Virginia Commonwealth University, where she joined in Aug. 2018. Prior to joining VCU, Dr. Zhao was an Assistant Professor at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology from 2012-2018, where she was awarded tenure and promotion in spring 2018. She received her Ph.D. degree from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Old Dominion University, USA, in May 2012. Dr. Zhao’s research and teaching interests include, but not limited to: cyber security, wireless networks and Internet of Things. Dr. Zhao’s research has been supported by different agencies including NSF, Air Force and NASA. Dr. Zhao has published over 60 papers in prestigious journals and international conferences. She is an IEEE Senior Member.

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This paper introduces an effective project-oriented cooperative learning strategy that is applied to computer networking class. Computer networking is a critical class for students in Computer Science (CS) and Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) majors. To significantly improve student’s learning experience and outcomes, we integrate cooperative learning and project-oriented teaching strategy in the computer networking class. In this paper, a specific project, e.g., Network Address Translation, serves as an example to illustrate the cooperative learning strategy. The traditional instructional methods are adopted in one class while the cooperative instruction strategy is applied in another class. We observe that students under cooperative learning have a much deeper understanding on the topics of networking and show more interests in studying.

Wang, G., & Zhao, Y. (2019, June), Deepen Students' Understanding of Computer Networking via a Project-oriented Cooperative Learning Strategy Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32579

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