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Enhancement techniques for student engagement in cybersecurity education

Enhancement techniques for student engagement in cybersecurity education
Enhancement techniques for student engagement in cybersecurity education
In order to create successful cybersecurity professionals, it is important to engage students in a way that bridges the gap from the academic to the real world. In this paper, we present three examples used within teaching at Southampton University: The use of real-world scenarios presented through virtual environments, the creation of a cryptography learning platform and the fostering of student communities to support learning through social networking.
We explore the ways in which practical hands-on experience based on industry can better support the development skills. We examine how real-life techniques can be combined with gamification and personalised learning to engender positive engagement. We consider how real-world scenarios within the educational institution can be utilised to further learning within in a safe but relevant context, being mutually beneficial to the students and institution. Finally, we consider the role of fostering a strong cybersecurity student community, using social networking, student societies and extra-curricular activities.
Bills, Oliver
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Halak, Basel
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Bills, Oliver
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Halak, Basel
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Bills, Oliver and Halak, Basel (2016) Enhancement techniques for student engagement in cybersecurity education At The National Conference on Learning and Teaching in Cybersecurity, United Kingdom. 15 May - 15 Jun 2016. 1 pp.

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Abstract

In order to create successful cybersecurity professionals, it is important to engage students in a way that bridges the gap from the academic to the real world. In this paper, we present three examples used within teaching at Southampton University: The use of real-world scenarios presented through virtual environments, the creation of a cryptography learning platform and the fostering of student communities to support learning through social networking.
We explore the ways in which practical hands-on experience based on industry can better support the development skills. We examine how real-life techniques can be combined with gamification and personalised learning to engender positive engagement. We consider how real-world scenarios within the educational institution can be utilised to further learning within in a safe but relevant context, being mutually beneficial to the students and institution. Finally, we consider the role of fostering a strong cybersecurity student community, using social networking, student societies and extra-curricular activities.

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Accepted/In Press date: 15 June 2016
Venue - Dates: The National Conference on Learning and Teaching in Cybersecurity, United Kingdom, 2016-05-15 - 2016-06-15
Organisations: Electronics & Computer Science

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Local EPrints ID: 397511
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/397511
PURE UUID: cc43ead3-13fa-4474-ae30-b0dac930d8c5

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Date deposited: 29 Jun 2016 10:30
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 18:38

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Author: Oliver Bills
Author: Basel Halak

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