Cybersecurity education and skills: exploring students’ perceptions, preferences and performance in a blended learning initiative

Ali Farooq, Antti Hakkala, Seppo Virtanen, Jouni Isoaho

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Abstract

Designing a cybersecurity course for a big cohort of students from the different educational background is a challenging job. Examined in this study are the perceptions, preferences and performance of students who have participated in a strategic blended learning initiative aimed at preparing students for their working lives. For this purpose, both self-reported and observational data were collected from 115 students who voluntarily registered for the pilot run of the course. Self-reported data was used to measure students’ preferences as well as perceptions related to satisfaction, engagement, convenience, interaction and views on learning. Observational data measuring students’ performance was directly extracted from the collaborative learning platform on which the course was hosted. The results show that overall students liked the blended design of the course. They were satisfied with the format of the course, they felt engaged, and most of them secured good grades. Moreover, no significant difference in perceptions and preferences were found when controlled for gender, educational discipline, and overall performance, showing that the blended design of the course was accepted across the board.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2020 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON)
PublisherIEEE
Pages1361-1369
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781728109305
ISBN (Print)9781728109312
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2020
EventEDUCON2020 – IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference : "Engineering Education for the Future in a Multicultural and Smart World" - University of Coimbra, University of Porto and Polytechnic of Porto, Porto, Portugal
Duration: 27 Apr 202030 Apr 2020
http://educon-conference.org/current/

Conference

ConferenceEDUCON2020 – IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference
Abbreviated titleIEEE - EDUCON 2020
Country/TerritoryPortugal
CityPorto
Period27/04/2030/04/20
Internet address

Keywords

  • cybersecurity
  • education
  • blended learning
  • skills
  • satisfaction
  • engagement
  • convenience
  • knowledge engineering
  • data mining
  • hybrid learning
  • computer aided instruction
  • educational courses
  • security of data

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