State Model Diagrams and Learning Strategy for Computer Networks
Edith Cowan University
Faculty of Computing, Health and Science
School of Computer and Information Science
Providing on-line curriculum has many potential advantages to both institutions and students who have other constraints on their time, such as location, working and family commitments. Thus many universities have developed wholly online distance education programs. These online courses use Web technology as a distributed learning mechanism. However, online distance learning in Computer Science courses remains challenging for both teachers and students. Technical subjects are classified as those subjects where students have to learn and understand the theory behind the technology; then they have to apply the theory to create applications to run the technology and finally; test the application and apply it to a real world workplace. Graduating successful students from online courses will therefore depend on how staff meet the challenges to develop innovative online teaching-learning materials and assessments. This paper aims to identify the challenges of teaching computer network topics in an online environment.