The landscape of cybersecurity is ever-changing; therefore, the primary task of cybersecurity education is to teach students how to solve problems and think critically. To meet the demand for a workforce that can address the cybersecurity challenges confronting our society and our nation, cybersecurity programs in universities and colleges need to produce cybersecurity professionals who not only have in-depth technical knowledge in cybersecurity, but also have “soft skills” including communication, enthusiasm and attitude, team work, networking, problem solving and critical thinking, and professionalism. Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) has been proved effective in improving student learning and key skills including “soft skills”. While hands-on labs and case studies have been developed for cybersecurity education, a large portion of cybersecurity classroom teaching is traditional / lecture-based.
Through a project funded by NSF, we are developing POGIL materials for teaching a number of topics in cyber security. We will share POGIL materials we have developed in this workshop, demonstrate how the POGIL in cybersecurity will help to teach both cybersecurity domain knowledge and soft skills. The topics will include Access Control, Firewall, Secure Coding, and SQL Injection. We will also share lessons we have learned through developing, using, and evaluating effectiveness of POGIL materials and teaching methods. The workshop is highly interactive. We will use POGIL method to deliver the workshop, so the attendants will experience the POGIL teaching and learning method. The workshop is targeted to instructors who teach cybersecurity courses or who have interest in teaching these topics.
Xiaohong Yuan is a Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Computer Science, at North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC, USA. She is also the Director of the Universitys Center for Cyber Defense, a CAE-CDE. She received her Ph.D. in computer science from Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida. Her research interests include software security, health informatics security and privacy, mobile security, and information assurance education.
Li Yang is a Professor and Assistant Dean in the College of Engineering and Computer Science in the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She is the Director of the UTC Information Security (Info-Sec) Center, a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance / Cyber Defense (CAE-CDE). Her research interests include network and information security, cryptography, intrusion detection, bioinformatics, and engineering techniques for complex software system design.
Wu He is an E.V. Williams Research Fellow and Associate Professor of Information Technology at Old Dominion University. His research areas include cyber security, data mining, information management, social media, human-computer interaction, computing education, and human information behavior. In addition to having served as editor-in-chief of Information Discovery & Delivery, Dr. He has published over 80 articles in refereed journals.