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ERIC Number: EJ1011692
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jul
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-1093-023X
Alternatives for Monitoring and Limiting Network Access to Students in Network-Connected Classrooms
Almeroth, Kevin; Zhang, Hangjin
Journal of Interactive Learning Research, v24 n3 p237-265 Jul 2013
With the advent of laptop computers and network technology, many classrooms are now being equipped with Internet connections, either through wired connections or wireless infrastructure. Internet access provides students an additional source from which to obtain course-related information. However, constant access to the Internet can be a distraction. This distraction could potentially cause impaired learning performance. Instructors and educational researchers need a mechanism to monitor what students are doing behind their computers, and manage how students access the Internet. To fulfill the monitoring and access control needs, two solutions, an application-level approach and a network-level approach are proposed and described in this paper. The application-level approach requires installation of a software agent on each classroom computer. The network-level approach uses a network firewall-style tool at a key point in the network to perform the monitoring and access control tasks. Each approach has advantages and disadvantages. In general, the application-level approach is more suitable for activity monitoring, while the network-level approach is more suitable for limiting access, especially for network related activities. (Contains 5 tables and 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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