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Enhancing Students’ Hands-On Skills of Wireless Technology Using Network Simulators

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2017 Mid-Atlantic Section Fall Conference


Penn State University - Berks Campus - Reading, Pennsylvania

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October 6, 2017

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October 6, 2017

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October 7, 2017

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Mid Atlantic Papers

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Te-shun Chou East Carolina University

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Dr. Te-Shun Chou is an Associate Professor in the Department of Technology Systems at ECU. He received his Bachelor degree in Electronics Engineering at Feng Chia University and both Master's degree and Doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering at Florida International University. He serves as the program coordinator of the Master program in Network Technology for the Department of Technology Systems and the lead faculty of Digital Communication Systems concentration for the Consortium Universities of the Ph.D. in Technology Management. He is also the point of contact of ECU National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE). Dr. Chou teaches IT related courses, which include network security, network intrusion detection and prevention, wireless communications, and network management. His research interests include machine learning, wireless communications, technology education, and information security, especially in the field of intrusion detection and incident response.

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This paper describes two well-known network simulators: Packet Tracer and Riverbed Modeler, and their core functionalities in the modeling of wireless networks. Labs were designed to aid students’ in learning wireless communication technologies. We expected the labs to help students gain practical experience working with wireless networking configurations and enhance their understanding of different wireless network topologies. At the end of the semester, a survey was conducted to evaluate the learning environment, simulators, and labs’ effectiveness. The results showed that most of the respondents had a very positive attitude toward the lab exercises. They also agreed that the simulators have successfully helped them develop their capabilities in creating and analyzing wireless networks in real world scenarios.

Chou, T. (2017, October), Enhancing Students’ Hands-On Skills of Wireless Technology Using Network Simulators Paper presented at 2017 Mid-Atlantic Section Fall Conference, Penn State University - Berks Campus - Reading, Pennsylvania.

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