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Developing Information Technology Labs on Google Cloud Platform

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Computing and Information Technology Division Technical Session 6

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Computing and Information Technology

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Peng Li East Carolina University

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Information technology is evolving rapidly and instructional material must be adapted accordingly. Cloud computing leverages the efficient sharing of an on-demand, self-managed, virtual infrastructure, which allows swift deployment and adaptation of curriculum and laboratory experiences in step with the advances in the field. In addition to the private cloud systems housed in our college, we partnered with Google to offer our Information and Computer Technology students additional experience with Google Cloud Platform (GCP), a public cloud platform. The cloud-based lab environments are accessible to students anytime and anywhere over the Internet. Our purpose is to capitalize on cloud computing technologies to enhance the learning experiences for both on-campus, face-to-face students and online, distance education students.

Four new laboratory modules are developed and tested, including Google Cloud Platform (I) – Getting Started; Google Cloud Platform (II) – Instance Groups and Monitoring; Google Cloud Platform (III) – Container Security and Google Cloud Platform (IV) – Suricata IDS/IPS. Content such as cloud security is added to reflect new development in the information technology field. Students are able to conduct up-to-date lab exercises in virtual environments hosted remotely on the public cloud. This approach is different from the traditional remote lab approach in that the whole lab environment is virtualized and hosted on Google Cloud Platform with better accessibility, availability, and usability. A student survey was conducted anonymously to evaluate the hands-on labs and lab environments. The overall feedback was positive. The whole experience may be useful for other institutions that are interested in adopting public cloud platforms in laboratory education.

Li, P. (2020, June), Developing Information Technology Labs on Google Cloud Platform Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34430

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