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Work-in-Progress: Design and Development of a New Networking Information Technology Program and Laboratory

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015

ISBN

978-0-692-50180-1

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Computers in Education Engineering Division Poster Session

Tagged Division

Computers in Education

Tagged Topic

Diversity

Page Count

9

Page Numbers

26.1764.1 - 26.1764.9

DOI

10.18260/p.25100

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https://strategy.asee.org/25100

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212

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Xiaobing Hou Central Connecticut State University

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Dr. Xiaobing Hou is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Electronics and Graphics Technology at Central Connecticut State University. He received his Ph.D. degree in Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Hou’s teaching and research interests are in the areas of computer networking and information security. He is a member of IEEE, ACM, and ASEE

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Shuju Wu Central Connecticut State University

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Dr. Shuju Wu is currently an Associate Professor in the Computer Electronics and Graphics Technology Department at Central Connecticut State University. She holds a Ph.D. in Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Wu’s teaching and research interests include computer communications and networks, multimedia systems, performance modeling and evaluation, and network applications. She is a member of IEEE and ASEE.

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Karen Coale Tracey Central Connecticut State University

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Dr. Karen Coale Tracey is currently a Professor and department head for Computer Electronics & Graphics Technology at Central Connecticut State University. She is a recognized leader in curriculum development and assessment and has over 25 years in computer applications systems, as manager and educator. She is a past president in ATMAE (formerly NAIT).

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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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