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The Effect of Feedback Mechanisms on Students’ Learning in the Use of Simulation-based IT Training in a Computer Networking Program

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Information and Network Security

Tagged Division

Computing & Information Technology

Page Count

17

Page Numbers

24.1203.1 - 24.1203.17

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https://peer.asee.org/23136

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Usman Ghani DeVry University

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Usman Ghani
Senior Professor
DeVry University
College of Engineering and Information Science

Usman Ghani is a senior professor of Network and Communication Management in the College of Engineering and Information Science at DeVry University, Addison, Illinois. Professor Ghani’s area of specialization is ‘Network Infrastructure and Security’. Mr. Ghani began his career as an Electronics Engineer for Johnson Controls, Inc. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, developing machine code for high end industrial controllers. Later he joined Illinois Technical College, Chicago, IL where he developed and taught courses in the various domains of computer communications. Dr. Ghani joined DeVry University as an assistant professor to teach engineering technology related courses but his interest in computer networking compelled him to get trained and obtained many industry certifications including CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate), CCNA-Security, MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional) and VCP (VMWare Certified Professional); he is also a Cisco Certified Academy Instructor (CCAI). To bring real world experience into his classroom, Professor Ghani frequently gets involved in various professional IT consulting assignments.

Dr. Ghani holds MSEE from Illinois Institute of Technology, MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management and Doctorate from Northern Illinois University.

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Ahmed S. Khan DeVry University, DuPage Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-5330-5380

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Dr. Ahmed S. Khan is a Senior Professor in the College of Engineering and Information Sciences at DeVry University, Addison, Illinois. Dr. Khan has more than thirty years of experience in research, instruction, curricula design, development, evaluation, implementation and program accreditation, management and supervision.

Dr. Khan received an MSEE from Michigan Technological University, an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management., and his Ph.D. from Colorado State University. His research interests are in the areas of Nanotechnology, Fiber Optic Communications, Faculty Development, Application of Telecommunications Technologies in Distance Education, and Social and Ethical Implications of Technology. He is the author of many educational papers and presentations. He has authored/coauthored the following books:

• Nanotechnology: Ethical and Social Implications (2012)
• Technology and Society: Issues for the 21st Century and Beyond 3E, (2008)
• The Telecommunications Fact Book and Illustrated Dictionary 2E (2006)
• Fiber Optic Communication: An Applied Approach, Prentice Hall, N.J.(2002)
• Technology and Society: A Bridge to the 21st Century (2002)
• Technology and Society: Crossroads to the 21st Century (1996)
• Technology and Society: A Spectrum of Issues for the 21st Century (1994)
• The Telecommunications Fact Book and Illustrated Dictionary (1992)

Dr. Khan is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE), and a member of American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), and has been listed in Who’s Who among America’s Teachers. Dr. Khan also serves as a program evaluator for the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

Dr. Usman Ghani a senior professor in the College of Engineering & Information Sciences, DeVry University, Addison, Illinois.

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Abstract

The Effect of Feedback Mechanisms on Students’ Learning in the Use of Simulation-based IT Training in a Computer Engineering Program ABSTRACT Feedback is a vital element for improving student learning in a simulation-based trainingas it guides and refines learning through scaffolding. A number of studies in literature haveshown that students’ learning is enhanced when feedback is provided with personalized tutoringthat offers specific guidance and adapts feedback to the learner in a one-to-one environment.Thus, emulating these adaptive aspects of human tutoring in simulation provides an effectivemethodology to train individuals. This paper presents the results of a study that investigated the effectiveness of automatingdifferent types of feedback techniques such as Knowledge-of-Correct-Response (KCR) andAnswer-Until-Correct (AUC) in software simulation for learning basic information technologyconcepts. For the purpose of comparison, techniques like simulation with zero or no-feedback(NFB) and traditional hands-on (HON) learning environments are also examined. The paper presents the summary of findings based on quantitative analyses which revealthat the simulation based instructional strategies are at least as effective as hands-on teachingmethodologies for the purpose of learning of IT concepts. The paper also compares the results ofthe study with the earlier studies and recommends strategies for using feedback mechanism toimprove students’ learning in designing and simulation-based IT training.

Ghani, U., & Khan, A. S. (2014, June), The Effect of Feedback Mechanisms on Students’ Learning in the Use of Simulation-based IT Training in a Computer Networking Program Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. https://peer.asee.org/23136

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