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Teaching A Laboratory Based Ipv6 Course In A Distance Education Environment

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition


Honolulu, Hawaii

Publication Date

June 24, 2007

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June 24, 2007

End Date

June 27, 2007



Conference Session

Unique Laboratory Experiments and Programs Poster Session

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Division Experimentation & Lab-Oriented Studies

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12.1343.1 - 12.1343.9



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Philip Lunsford East Carolina University

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Phil Lunsford received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University. He is a registered professional engineer and is currently an Assistant Professor at East Carolina University. His research interests include system simulation, telemedicine applications, and information assurance.

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John Pickard East Carolina University

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John Pickard has more than 15 years in the Technical training profession and 9 years experience in the information technology field. John has held various positions and has experience involving management, designing, testing and teaching of data networks, enterprise networking systems, digital switching systems and transmission systems. Currently, John is a faculty member at East Carolina University and holds an instructor position in the Department of Technology Systems. John is also a senior trainer at Network Training and Consulting and teaches courses in networking, project management, and Cisco systems networking solutions. He holds a MBA from Wayland Baptist University. He also holds various industry certifications to include; A+, Network+, MCSE, MOUS, and CCNP.

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Chip Popoviciu Cisco Systems, Inc.

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Dr. Ciprian Popoviciu, CCIE, is a Technical Leader at Cisco Systems with over nine years of experience in data and voice over IP communications technologies. As part of Cisco's Network Solution Integration Test Engineering (NSITE) organization, he currently focuses on the architecture, design and validation of large IPv6 network deployments in direct collaboration with Service Providers and Enterprises worldwide. Ciprian is a regular speaker or chair at conferences and industry events and contributes to various technology publications. He is an active contributor to the IETF standards, he is a Senior member of IEEE and member of several academic advisory boards. Ciprian is co-author of the "Deploying IPv6 Networks" book.

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Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) is being integrated into the Internet but often networking courses only present a brief overview of the new protocol. We present a case study of the laboratory development for a special topics course on IPv6 taught during the summer semester of 2006 in a distance education environment. The course emphasized a hands-on approach to network deployment and students were required to configure IPv6 networks using Cisco routers that were housed in an isolated lab. Extensive use of a remote access system developed at our university allowed remote students to access the console ports of the Cisco routers and perform configuration and troubleshooting tasks. Suggestions for future lab enhancement include integrating Linux-based networking devices, adding the use of a SmartBits system for traffic generation and network characterization, and Windows Vista. Course content was developed and delivered using Blackboard.


Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) is the new internet protocol that is being phased in, and will eventually replace the standard IPv4 that most networks currently use. IPv6 adoption in the United States has been slow so far, especially when compared to that of the European Union, China, Japan, and Korea, who have all made transitioning to IPv6 a national priority. But it appears that is all about to change rather quickly. In August of 2005, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) mandated that by June of 2008 all federal agency infrastructures must be using IPv6 and agency networks must interface with this infrastructure1. This mandate follows in the footsteps of the similar one issued by the Department of Defense in 2003 which spurred the IPv6 interest in US.

In order to address the dearth of IPv6 information in standard IT curriculum, a special topics course at East Carolina University was offered during the summer of 2006. In order to provide access to the widest audience, it was offered in a distance education (DE) environment. Students were able to complete the entire course without being on campus. The motivation to offer the course DE was also driven by the university policies on faculty line generation for summer courses.

The university has “global” classroom equipped with audio-visual equipment. Lectures were streamed live on the internet for student viewing and also archived for student review or for students that had schedule conflicts. Students viewing the live stream also have the option to join a chat room to ask questions to the instructor. The course was delivered using Blackboard to distribute and collect assignments, post grades, and post announcements.

Lunsford, P., & Pickard, J., & Popoviciu, C. (2007, June), Teaching A Laboratory Based Ipv6 Course In A Distance Education Environment Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--2565

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