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Title: Synchronized pair configuration in virtualization-based lab for learning computer networks
Authors: Kongcharoen, C
Hwang, WY
Ghinea, G
Keywords: pair programming;pair configuration;collaborative learning;teaching computer networks
Issue Date: 2017
Citation: Educational Technology and Society, 2017, 20 (3), pp. 54 - 68
Abstract: Previous studies have demonstrated that pair programming has beneficial effects on students’ learning. Based on pair programming, this study proposes pair configuration for learning computer networks and designs a virtualization-based lab that allows pair input commands to be entered simultaneously from two computers to one terminal. In the experiment, university students were divided into two groups: In the experimental group, a pair configuration was used for lab assignments, whereas in the control group, students completed lab assignments individually. The experimental group significantly outperformed the control group in learning achievement and also had more confidence in their work, thereby reducing the instructor’s workload. Finally, the findings of the interviews and questionnaires reveal that the experimental group considerably enjoyed the pair configuration in the virtualization-based lab and had high motivation to use the proposed system. Therefore, pair configuration in a virtualization-based lab is suitable and helpful to facilitate learning in a computer networks lab.
ISSN: 1176-3647
Appears in Collections:Dept of Electronic and Computer Engineering Research Papers

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