Exploratory learning for computer networking

Colin Allison, Alan Henry David Miller, Kristoffer Getchell, Thomas Sturgeon

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Computer networking is a dynamic and naturally engaging subject which is important to many aspects of life. There are, however significant challenges to be overcome before a student can engage with the dynamism of the subject. These can be categorised as barriers of time, space and access. From the perspective of time, many of the interactions occur at timescales that are outside of the range of human perception; from the perspective of space, a student's location will often define their view of the network; from the perspective of access, programming skills are often required. We have sought to address these challenges through the creation of network learning objects designed to be used in lectures, laboratories or by remote learners. In this paper we assert the effectiveness of an exploratory approach to the teaching of networking and identify technologies which aid the development of exploratory learning environments.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLecture Notes in Computer Science
EditorsH Leung, F Li, R Lau, Q Li
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science


  • TCP
  • WiFi
  • exploratory learning
  • computer networks


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