June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
Computers in Education
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Use of Innovative Technology in a New Networking Information Technology Program and LaboratoryAuthor: Xiaobing Hou, Shuju Wu, Karen TraceyAbstractThis paper introduces a new Bachelor of Science (BS) program in Networking InformationTechnology at _______ University and proposes a computer networking laboratory that usesinnovative technologies to provide student-centered, cost effective real hands-on InformationTechnology (IT) education with flexibility and high adaptability to various education andlearning approaches such as face-to-face, hybrid and online.Approved by the university and Board of Regents, the new Networking Information Technologyprogram is officially launched in spring 2014. The program is committed to serve and lead thequality education and training on computer networking and information technology. Thedepartment also hosts a Cisco Networking Academy that serves the academy students and canprovide related IT trainings for industry and business professionals. The faculty members areworking on the new program curriculum enrichment, program assessment, evaluation andaccreditation.Currently, the new program has a set of advanced and state-of-the-art equipment (computers,routers, switches, security appliances and wireless access points, etc.) extensively used by thestudents for class experiments and course projects. However, the major class and lab deliverymethod follows traditional face-to-face approach. Along with the benefits of classroom learningis the challenge of increasing cost on travelling, equipment purchasing, technical support andmaintenance. Beyond that, students and trainees prefer the flexibility and cost effectiveadvantage of online and web-blended distance learning.In this paper, for the new program, we propose the new enriched curriculum with a remote-accessible networking laboratory. The objective is to develop a remote-accessible networkinglaboratory featuring scheduled remote 7x24-access to actual networking equipment. It can beused for instructor-led lecture and training, student lab experiments, team projects and self-study.The new laboratory will provide a high fidelity teaching, learning and training experience to thetrainees who are remote from the actual networking equipment. Once setup, the usage of thelaboratory can be extended to other sister universities or community colleges that have relatednetworking courses in the university system. This will relieve the costs on equipment,maintenance, upgrading and supports.
Hou, X., & Wu, S., & Tracey, K. C. (2015, June), Work-in-Progress: Design and Development of a New Networking Information Technology Program and Laboratory Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.25100
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