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IT-Based Solution to Foster Student Engagement

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

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June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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Emerging Computing and Information Technologies I

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Computing & Information Technology

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Mudasser Fraz Wyne National University

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I have a Ph.D. in Computer Science, M.Sc. in Engineering, and B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering. Currently I serve as a Chair for Department of Computer Science, Information and Media Systems and Professor of Computer Science at School of Engineering and Computing, National University. I am also the Program Lead for MS in Information Technology Management and have also served recently as the lead for BSc in Information Systems, the co-Lead for MSc Computer Science and Program Lead for MSc in Database Administration programs. My association with ABET (Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology) US dates back to 2001, as a certified program evaluator for BSc in Computer Science and BSc in Information Systems. At present, I am also serving as the Commissioner for the Computer Accreditation Commission (CAC). Previously, I have taught at 6 different countries for over 25 years. I have been privileged to be part of the DESY Group (Deutches Elecktronen Synchrotron), Hamburg Germany, as a research fellow, and worked with an MIT group, led by a Nobel laureate.

On the research side, I have been fortunate enough to secure a number of grants and have served on numerous international Ph.D. Thesis committees, been a member of the editorial boards for 7 international journals, and served as the Chair and Co-Chair for 12 international conferences. For recognition of my research activities, I have been invited to a number of international conferences as Invited Speaker, chaired panel discussions and numerous international conference sessions. I have served on more than 200 international conference program committees. Furthermore, I have published number of articles in peer-reviewed international journals and conferences. I am also an active member of ACM, ASEE, ASEE/PSW and CSAB.

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Abdulbaset Abdulaziz Gaddah A.G. University of Umm Al-Qura

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Dr. Abdulbaset Gaddah is currently an assistant professor in Computer Science at the University of Umm Al-Qura, Makkah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He received his PhD in the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering at Carleton University, Canada. His research interests are in middleware for mobile networks,in particular publish/subscribe system. He also did research on proxy-based WWW access for resource-limited handheld devices. Dr. Gaddah authored or co-authored several technical papers and book chapters related to middleware systems for mobile applications. In addition to teaching, he is currently heads several academic committees.

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Shakil Akhtar Clayton State University

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Dr. Shakil Akhtar is currently Professor of IT and Computer Science at Clayton State University. Before this he was the IT Department head from July 2007 to December 2008. He was a Professor in the College of Information Technology at UAE University from 2002 to 2007 (Interim Dean 2002-03). During 2000 to 2002, he was a Performance and Simulation Engineer at Lucent Technologies in Naperville, Illinois, where he was responsible for performance analysis and simulation of telecommunications equipment including third generation mobile systems. His prior work experience includes Computer Science/Engineering Departments at Central Michigan University, University of Toledo, and King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. His main research interests are Reliability Modeling, Performance Modeling, Cybersecurity, CS/IT Education and Simulation of Computer Networks. He has a wide teaching experience that includes undergraduate and graduate courses in Computer Networks, Reliability, Performance Modeling, Simulation, Programming (Java, Visual Basic and C++), Computer Architecture and Digital System Design. He has a Ph.D. from Wayne State University in Computer Engineering, and M.S. and B.S., both in Electrical Engineering, from King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, and University of Peshawar, respectively.

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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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