June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Computing & Information Technology
In this paper, we illustrate the use of an activity based teaching methodology by suggesting an increase in students’ engagement through the use of specialized software tools in an introductory cybersecurity course. An activity based cybersecurity course enhancement is proposed to foster student engagement. The proposed activities have shown promising results indicating enhanced learning by the students. The methodology used in other Computer Science courses, is likely to enhance interest of students in other Computer Science (CS) and Information Technology (IT) program areas as well. We anticipate that enhanced learning in a cybersecurity course, in particular, and CS and IT courses, in general, is expected by increasing students’ engagement through projects in network security software installation, testing and measurements. Students’ learning is measured and assessed for the proposed activities in the course that could lead to development of similar teaching approaches and better understanding and effectiveness of most STEM related courses. In addition, students’ survey showing general attitude towards research after the course is included. It was observed that although the proposed course activities did not significantly enhance the students’ research interests, most continued their strong interests in CS or IT major with a strong possibility of conducting a supervised research.
Wyne, M. F., & Gaddah, A. A., & Akhtar, S. (2017, June), IT-Based Solution to Foster Student Engagement Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28593
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