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Development of a HyFlex Defensive Security Course

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Computing and Information Technology Division Technical Session 2

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Computing and Information Technology

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Jeremy Straub North Dakota State University

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Jeremy Straub is the Director of the NDSU Institute for Cyber Security Education and Research and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the North Dakota State University. He holds a Ph.D. in Scientific Computing, an M.S. and an M.B.A. and has published over 40 journal articles and over 120 full conference papers, in addition to making numerous other conference presentations. Straub’s research spans the gauntlet between technology, commercialization and technology policy. In particular, his research has recently focused on cybersecurity topics including intrusion detection and forensics, robotic command and control, aerospace command and 3D printing quality assurance. Straub is a member of Sigma Xi, the AAAS, the AIAA and several other technical societies, he has also served as a track or session chair for numerous conferences.

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A flexible learning defensive security course was developed using the HyFlex delivery model which was initially developed at San Francisco State University. This paper discusses how a limited-flexibility model was transformed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and how the course was changed from having a single path to offering a HyFlex Options Menu where students select between several options for each area of the class. The overall outline and instructional design of the course are presented. The implementation of each of the HyFlex options is presented and the logistics of the overall course are reviewed. The challenges that were faced during course development and while offering the course, and how these were responded to, are discussed. Challenges with the rapid implementation of the HyFlex-based delivery model amidst the pandemic are reviewed. Additionally, differences between the San Francisco State University HyFlex model and the HyFlex-based model used in the course are discussed. Finally, plans for future offerings of this course are reviewed.

Straub, J. (2021, July), Development of a HyFlex Defensive Security Course Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36957

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