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.
|Title of host publication||Intelligent Computing Proceedings of the 2018 Computing Conference|
|Editors||Kohei Arai, Supriya Kapoor, Rahul Bhatia|
|Number of pages||12|
|ISBN (Electronic)||ISBN 978-3-030-01177-2|
|ISBN (Print)||ISBN 978-3-030-01176-5|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 2019|
|Event||Science and Information Conference - Regent's Park, London, United Kingdom|
Duration: 10 Jul 2018 → 12 Jul 2018
|Name||Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing|
|Conference||Science and Information Conference|
|Abbreviated title||SAI 2108|
|Period||10/07/18 → 12/07/18|
Palmer, N., Batola, J., & Earle, W. (2019). Automating the Configuration Management and Assessment of Practical Outcomes in Computer Networking Laboratories. In K. Arai, S. Kapoor, & R. Bhatia (Eds.), Intelligent Computing Proceedings of the 2018 Computing Conference (Vol. 2, pp. 307-318). (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing). Springer.