Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-15-2020

Subject: LCSH

Computer security, Outcome assessment

Disciplines

Computer Engineering | Computer Sciences | Electrical and Computer Engineering

Abstract

Although cybersecurity is a major present concern, it is not a required subject in University. In response, we developed Cyber World which introduces students to eight highly important cybersecurity topics (primarily taught by none cybersecurity experts). We embedded it into our critical thinking Common Course (core curriculum) which is a team-taught first-year experience required for all students. Cyber World was first taught in Fall 2018 to a cohort of over 150 students from various majors at the University of New Haven. This article presents the evaluation of our Fall taught course. In detail, we compare the performance of Cyber World students to other Common Course sections that ran in parallel and conclude that despite the higher workload students performed equally well. Furthermore, we assess the students’ development throughout the course with respect to their cybersecurity knowledge where our results indicate a significant gain of knowledge. Note, this article also presents the idea and topics of Cyber World; however a detailed explanation has been released previously.

Comments

This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Educational and Information Technologies. The final authenticated version is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10639-020-10274-5.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1007/s10639-020-10274-5

Publisher Citation

Breitinger, F., Tully-Doyle, R., Przyborski, K. et al. First year students’ experience in a Cyber World course – an evaluation. Educ Inf Technol (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10639-020-10274-5

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This is an early version of the article published in Educational and Information Technologies. The final authenticated version is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10639-020-10274-5.

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