Bringing together a Low-Cost Networking Learning Environment

  • There are many challenges typically encountered by a tertiary institution setting up applied networking resources. Such labs are necessary to create industry-ready graduates. Smaller institutes face particular issues where they loose the benefit of economies scale. This is because networking resources usually scale particularly well as the number of users increases. This paper considers a wide range of factors that show how a ‘Learning Environment’ is far more than just a computer network. This paper describes a range of elements of the Learning Environment. Each is described fully, then put into context of an overall, ‘living’ environment of many different aspects. There is consideration of a recent, and very exciting, addition to the Environment, then a look at the crystal ball of future directions, and mirror of lessons learned. This paper will contain information useful to anyone managing an applied network lab, or a wider environment for teaching Information Technology courses.

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    United States , New York·October 19 - 22, 2011

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