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A discussion-based on-line course in information security with minimal assessment

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSEFI Annual Conference 2016
Subtitle of host publicationEngineering Education on Top of the Wolrd: Industry University Cooperation
PublisherEuropean Society for Engineering Education SEFI
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9782873520144
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sep 2016
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Duration: 1 Jan 1900 → …


Period1/01/00 → …


We characterize and evaluate an on-line course. The students are supposed to reach fairly abstract learning objectives, that take students' every-day usage of technology towards engineering skills. Learning happens by getting involved in asynchronous discussions, after doing also some hands-on home-work. Assessment of individual learning outcomes is minimal. Instead the students are required to pass a large set of small scheduled tasks. Together with the teacher’s group-based feedback this approach still leads to a reasonable rise in the skill levels. We justify this claim with results from self-evaluations by students on four course instances during two years. Similar didactics may work well also in other fields than information security, if applied on a course that similarly has a basic course as a prerequisite.

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Field of science, Statistics Finland