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  1. Na Li
  2. Assistant Professor
  3. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  4. Prairie View A&M University
  1. Lin Li
  2. http://www.pvamu.edu/cs
  3. Associate Professor
  4. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  5. Prairie View A&M University

Developing Innovative Privacy Learning Modules to Engage Students in Cybersec...

NSF Awards: 1712496, H98230-17-1-0229

2019 (see original presentation & discussion)

Undergraduate

The importance of education on privacy  has been acknowledged by the ACM’s Computer Science Curriculum 2013. We have also seen the national workforce needs of cybersecurity professionals. We realized that although privacy related research has been intensively conducted with the support from several federal grant agencies, there is a lack of well-developed teaching materials particularly for younger generations. Some institutions are offering graduate level information privacy course which focuses on research paper study and is featured with students’ presentations. Such a teaching style won’t be effective for undergraduate students. Online privacy curriculum international computer science institute and UC Berkeley collaborated and developed some materials for educating students how to ensure their online privacy, but there is not sufficient hands-on learning activities for students. Therefore, we were motivated to develop engaging curriculum to better educate younger generations about privacy.

 

Our objectives include (1) design and develop self-contained privacy learning modules for existing and new courses; (2) design and develop effective hands-on labs on privacy breach and protection on various topics, including cutting-edge fields such as the social media, Internet of things (IoT), and big data; (3) with a special effort on developing engaging lab setting/labware, enable students to gain first-hand experience and understand how to solve real-world privacy problems; and (4) evaluate the effectiveness of the experiential learning approach on students’ learning outcomes, experience, motivation and attitudes towards privacy study.

 

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  • May 13, 2019 | 01:23 p.m.

    Hi Na - I like this idea, so many students think cybersecurity = privacy!  Do you have a target date when the materials could be available for use by other institutions?  What kind of lab environment is required? Do you think any of the materials could be used in high school or adapted for the K12 environment?

     

     

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    Lin Li

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    May 13, 2019 | 04:36 p.m.

    The labs are integrated into virtual machines. You need to download the virtual machine files and launch them using Virtual Box (free). Depending on your teaching goal, most of the labs can be used in high school if you just want to explain the concepts and do not need to go through the coding or technical details. We have deposited the labs into a NSA sponsored server. Dr. Na Li will share it within the community. 

     
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    Danielle Watt
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    Danielle Watt

    Facilitator
    May 13, 2019 | 03:53 p.m.

    Thank you for sharing your project! What have you learned so far from assessing the effectiveness of this approach on student learning outcomes?

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    Lin Li

    Co-Presenter
    May 13, 2019 | 04:24 p.m.

    We conducted pre and post surveys on selected labs. Survey results were analyzed according to different student classifications (e.g., freshman/sophomore/junior/senior/graduate, male/female). In general, the feedback was very positive. Students' ratings on the same questions in the pre and post surveys about their understanding of the specific privacy concepts increased significantly. No drastic difference was found between the male and female students. We are working to further assess students learning through after lab assignments and tests. 

     
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    Danielle Watt
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    Danielle Watt

    Facilitator
    May 15, 2019 | 04:58 p.m.

    Thank you for the reply. Follow up to the K-12 environment, have you considering having current students serve as mentors/teachers to K-12 students/parents to expand community reach?  

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    Na Li

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    Assistant Professor
    May 15, 2019 | 05:26 p.m.

    Thank you for the suggestion, Danielle. Definitely, that's what we will do in the near future. This summer, we will organize our first workshop, which is open to teachers and educators. Here is the link, https://securecenter.pvamu.edu/post/privacy-technologies-education-workshop-pvamu-july-25-26-2019/ in case you would like to know more about it. We will be definitely training a group of our students and let them mentor and supervise K-12 students for the labs in the near future. We may organize a summer camp for high school students. It will be a great experience to our students too.

     
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    Danielle Watt
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    Na Li

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    Assistant Professor
    May 13, 2019 | 06:35 p.m.

    Hi Laurin,

    Thank you for your interest to our project! Some of the modules have been completed and they are available at https://www.clark.center/browse?text=privacy. The Clark cybersecurity curriculum repository is currently hosting our materials. You can have free access. We are continuing to work on some of the modules for improvement.

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    Na Li

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    Assistant Professor
    May 13, 2019 | 06:44 p.m.

    Hi Danielle,

    From our pre and post surveys, we found that students' awareness of privacy protection, their interest in privacy attacks and defenses, and their corresponding knowledge have increased greatly.

     
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    Danielle Watt
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    Phillip Eaglin, PhD

    Facilitator
    May 14, 2019 | 04:58 p.m.

    Thanks for this great work!  I appreciate your focus on using IoT projects as it relates to privacy and security.  Question: are the labs on IoT and security appropriate for high school students?  Are you using any specific hardware and software to teach IoT security?  Please let me know where I can see the labs.

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    Na Li

    Lead Presenter
    Assistant Professor
    May 14, 2019 | 06:17 p.m.

    Hi Phillip, Thank you for your interest to our project! Some of the modules have been completed and they are available at https://www.clark.center/browse?text=privacy. The Clark cybersecurity curriculum repository is currently hosting our materials. You can have free access. We are continuing to work on some of the modules for improvement. We do have the smart meter lab in the IoT module, which needs only Microsoft Excel to analyze data to infer in-home activities.

     
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    Phillip Eaglin, PhD
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    Marcelo Worsley

    Facilitator
    May 14, 2019 | 05:07 p.m.

    I really like the variety of ways that you enable students to become aware and proficient in Cybersecurity. The description mentions the development of specialized labware. Is this something you have already completed? If so, can you share more about the custom labware, or about your plans with custom hardware? 

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    Na Li

    Lead Presenter
    Assistant Professor
    May 14, 2019 | 06:38 p.m.

    Hi Marcelo,

    Thank you for your interest in our project. Yes, we developed some web/Android applications as labware for students to learn privacy related concepts. For example, in order to teach location privacy, we developed two web applications and one Android application. We have published a paper about the labware, titled "A labware for educating location privacy protection in location-based services". We created some VirtualBox images which have configured Ubuntu system and Android system. Users just need to install VirtualBox and then import our images to the VirtualBox to run the labs. If you go to the link https://www.clark.center/browse?text=privacy, you can find modules we already developed. Here is a paper which introduces another labware we developed, FriPEL: Friendship Privacy Educational Labware.

     
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    Marcelo Worsley
  • May 15, 2019 | 07:40 a.m.

    Thank you for raising privacy awareness. In your hands-on activities, do you teach students digital forensic methods and tools for analyzing the information and applications you show them? Learning to use real world methods and tools in this way can help them apply what they learn to different applications and contexts, and provide relevant experience for further cybersecurity education and career opportunities. 

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    Na Li

    Lead Presenter
    Assistant Professor
    May 15, 2019 | 09:25 a.m.

    Hello, Eoghan

    Thank you for your interest. So far, we haven't included any digital forensic labs, but that's definitely a good suggestion. We will be investigating digital forensic topics and choose some related to privacy. Currently, we are targeting privacy topics, attempting to raise the awareness of privacy and show the difference between privacy and traditional cybersecurity. 

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