Global Connections for Lasting Impressions: Experiential Learning about TCP

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"Tell me and I forget, Show me and I remember, Involve me and I understand." This paper discusses the motivation for, and design of, a learning resource which allows students to explore the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP). TCP is responsible for transporting over 80% of the traffic on the Internet ? all web and e-mail for example ? and in addition is the primary means of achieving Internet congestion control. TCP is therefore core to modern life. It is a protocol under constant study with a view to evolution, and it is incumbent on all ICT curricula to provide education at appropriate levels about its dynamics, strengths and weaknesses. There are no shortages of good textbooks which provide information on TCP, but these are no substitute for experiential learning in order to provide a lasting understanding. The TCP Live learning resource allows students to explore the behavior of TCP on the global Internet, and see the wide variety of conditions that the protocol has to cope with, thereby extending their viewpoint outwith the limited scope of their own institutional firewalls.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Web Based Learning. ICWL 2009
EditorsMark Spaniol, Qing Li, Ralf Klamma, Rynson W. H. Lau
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-03425-1
Publication statusPublished - 20 Aug 2009
Event8th International Conference on Web Based Learning (ICWL 2009) - Aachen, Germany
Duration: 19 Aug 200921 Aug 2009

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743


Conference8th International Conference on Web Based Learning (ICWL 2009)


  • Exploratory Learning
  • PlanetLab
  • TCP


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