Creating Virtual Research, Interactive, Service, and Experiential Learning Modules for Cyber Security Education

Project No.
1431330
PI Name
Feng Li
Institution
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis



Abstract 1

Creating Virtual Research, Interactive, Service, and Experiential Learning Modules for Cyber Security Education

Presentation Type
Poster
Team
Feng Li, IUPUI Kaiqi Xiong, USF Sachin Shetty, Tennessee State University


Need

Smartphones are replacing traditional computers as the preferred tool for accessing, managing,
and storing digital assets. At the same time, students show great interests, in and outside
classes, in learning through the smartphone and cloud platform. This collaborative project
will cater to undergraduate studentsメ intellectual curiosity and complements their anecdotal
knowledge of mobile and cloud security.

Goals

This project is a joint effort of three universities to advance cybersecurity education through the collaborative design and implementation of Research, Interactive, Service, and Experiential (RISE) learning 'plug-in' components. These components will utilize an innovative mobile cloud virtual environment and a smartphone app as the interface. These plug-ins as well as the mobile cloud virtual environment will be used and evaluated in curriculum development, faculty professional development, and partnership development.

Approach

This collaborative project
will cater to undergraduate studentsメ intellectual curiosity and complements their anecdotal
knowledge of mobile and cloud security. Hands-on laboratory modules, which provide an engaging
learning environment by integrating RISE learning pedagogies, will be developed as the plug-ins
to a wide range of undergraduate, including freshman course. These components will deliver
an interactive and collaborative learning experience to students by allowing them to work
on interesting and challenging projects derived from current research together, anytime, anywhere,
which, in turn, helps them foster a constant learning habit that will benefit their career.

Outcomes

The key outcomes of this project is a set of STEM learning modules that have the following unique characteristics:
1. Real-time, scalable and repeatable RISE experiments on a flexible environment provide insights into
contemporary vulnerability case studies, and help design secure solutions in an interactive fashion;
2. The networked educational environment transcends the boundaries of school-based STEM education to
leverage learning from anytime and anywhere, and promotes STEM learning through collaboration;
3. Project-based learning (PBL) advances learnersメ strategic thinking and enhance their methodological
and professional competence;
4. Each STEM learning module is self-contained with a focus on particular fundamental cybersecurity
concepts and integrates latest attacks and countermeasures, so it can be used as stand-alone contributions to a typical CS, IT, or CE course or used in the coordinated manner.

Broader Impacts

The project aims at delivering a repository of teaching/learning materials on mobile cloud
platform that: 1) exposes students to cybersecurity research progresses in the form of hands-on
experiments; and 2) allows students to learn, work, and explore together, anytime, anywhere,
through ubiquitous access to the virtual cybersecurity learning and experimentation environment,
MCVE. The collaboration of these public, private, and HBCU universities diversifies the constituents
of student participants. The open nature of this project, facilitated by the proposed MCVE,
public availability of the produced materials (lab designs and open-source software), and
outreach through social media, will foster a vibrant community that thrives on collaborative
and experiential learning and exploration, among which future leaders of information security
technologies may emerge. This project pioneers the use of mobile cloud as a virtual computing
environment for cybersecurity education, and serves as a model for experimentation and innovation.

Unexpected Challenges

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Citations

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