Automating the Configuration Management and Assessment of Practical Outcomes in Computer Networking Laboratories

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    Two dedicated networking laboratories are used by students on a computer networking degree program to undertake practical work using a range of networking equipment and operating systems. Various challenges are faced in the running of the laboratories, particularly in configuration management, sharing the facilities between a number of modules with diverse requirements and the need to assess the practical learning outcomes of a large number of students using them. Some of the configuration management processes have been automated to alleviate some of the challenges within the laboratory environment. An application has been developed to assist with generic assessment that can generate feedback for students. A simulation system with features of assessment automation is also available. This paper will focus on the issues faced in running the laboratories, in particular using this environment to assess practical outcomes. It will evaluate some of the work done to alleviate some of the issues and analyze areas for improvement. The need for a mechanism that can be used to automate the assessment of practical outcomes using real network systems or simulators has been identified. It is proposed that the mechanism will be implemented as a software application whose requirements will be discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationIntelligent Computing
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 2018 Computing Conference
    EditorsKohei Arai, Supriya Kapoor, Rahul Bhatia
    Number of pages12
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-01177-2
    ISBN (Print)978-3-030-01176-5
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2019
    EventScience and Information Conference - Regent's Park, London, United Kingdom
    Duration: 10 Jul 201812 Jul 2018

    Publication series

    NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
    ISSN (Print)2194-5357


    ConferenceScience and Information Conference
    Abbreviated titleSAI 2108
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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