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Developing Web-based Interactive Teaching System for Core Network Technology Courses

Author(s): Chengcheng Li

Journal: International Transaction Journal of Engineering, Management, & Applied Sciences & Technologies
ISSN 2228-9860

Volume: 2;
Issue: 5;
Start page: 483;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: Virtual Technology | Software Simulation | Networking | Information Assurance

This paper presents an in-house created software application that emulates and virtualizes computer networking laboratory hardware and proprietary equipment on PCs and servers. A user friendly remote laboratory manage system is developed using .NET technology. Through the presented lab management system, the students are able to conduct more than 200 lab assignments covering 10 courses from both lower level routing and switching classes to upper level network management and security classes that demand a large amount of physical equipment and a great number of student lab contact hours prior to the emulated lab. This emulation solution eliminates our dependencies on expensive proprietary networking equipment. It also reduces the burden of system administration. This remote lab has been used and tested in three networking courses. The feedbacks show that the lab delivers similar or better lab experiences for the DE students while the lab construction and maintenance cost is reduced to the minimum.
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