June 24, 2007
June 24, 2007
June 27, 2007
Division Experimentation & Lab-Oriented Studies
12.1343.1 - 12.1343.9
TEACHING A LABORATORY-BASED IPV6 COURSE IN A DISTANCE EDUCATION ENVIRONMENT
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. https://peer.asee.org/2565
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