A Comparative Study of Simulated and Hands-on Experiments in Teaching Computer Networks Laboratory Course

Refik Caglar Kizilirmak, Abylaikhan Kassayev, Ikechi A. Ukaegbu

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Abstract

This paper examines the preferences of undergraduate students for two distinct laboratory formats in a computer networks course. The laboratory activities require students to construct various network scenarios to develop their abilities in designing, developing, and assessing computer networks. In each assignment, students construct and evaluate a specific network scenario using a simulation tool, Cisco Packet Tracer, followed by physically executing the same work with network equipment such as PCs, switches, and routers. Through a survey, this study evaluates the students' learning experiences and preferences for the two lab formats. The results indicate that computer simulations are as effective as hands-on work in comprehending the concepts taught in the course. Additionally, the students expressed no particular preference between the two lab formats and found that the formats complemented each other.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEDUCON 2023 - IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, Proceedings
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
ISBN (Electronic)9798350399431
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Event14th IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2023 - Salmiya, Kuwait
Duration: May 1 2023May 4 2023

Publication series

NameIEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON
Volume2023-May
ISSN (Print)2165-9559
ISSN (Electronic)2165-9567

Conference

Conference14th IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2023
Country/TerritoryKuwait
CitySalmiya
Period5/1/235/4/23

Keywords

  • Computer networking laboratory course
  • student experiments

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems and Management
  • Education
  • General Engineering

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