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Augmented learning roads for internet routing

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As the Internet continues to establish itself as a utility, like power, transport or water, it becomes increasingly important to provide an engaging educational experience about its operation for students in related STEM disciplines such as Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. Routing is a core functionality of the global Internet. It can be used as an example of where theory meets practice, where algorithms meet protocols and where science meets engineering. Routing protocols can be included in the Computer Science curriculum in distributed systems, computer networking, algorithms, data structures, and graph theory. While there is a plethora of computer networking textbooks, and copious information of varying quality about the Internet spread across the Web, there is still an essential need for exploratory learning facilities of the type that support group work, experimentation and experiential learning. This paper reports on work using open virtual worlds to provide a multi-user interactive learning environment for Internet routing which exemplifies the capabilities of emerging immersive education technologies to augment conventional practice. The functionality of the learning environment is illustrated through examples and the underlying system which was built to support the routing simulations is explained.
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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2014 Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE)
Subtitle of host publicationOpening Doors to Innovation and Internationalization in Engineering Education
PublisherIEEE
Pages1-9
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781479939213
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Publication statusPublished - Oct 2014
Event2014 Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE) - Melia Castilla Hotel & Convention Center, Madrid, Spain
Duration: 22 Oct 201425 Oct 2014
http://fie2014.org

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Conference2014 Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE)
CountrySpain
CityMadrid
Period22/10/1425/10/14
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  • Open Virtual Worlds, Internet routing, Computer networking education

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