Education theories applied to a cyber security bootcamp

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dc.contributor.author Prough, Logan M.
dc.date.accessioned 2020-05-07T16:04:40Z
dc.date.available 2020-05-07T16:04:40Z
dc.date.issued 2020-05-01
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/2097/40605
dc.description.abstract Prior to the ubiquity of information technology, United States military doctrine recognized four warfighting domains: land, sea, air, and space. The creation of the internet and a growing reliance on connected, integrated systems introduced an unfamiliar environment not governed by the same laws as the four physical warfighting domains. The United States Air Force recognized its need for a cyber force to operate in cyberspace. In 2003, the Information Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL/RI) created a 10-week cyber security bootcamp called the Advanced Course in Engineering (ACE) to educate and train future cyber operators. Despite its record of success, the ACE lacks a formal, proven method to assess its effectiveness and improve the program. A formal assessment method may provide more exact, objective measurements of the effectiveness of the program. This work provides a case study in the use of learning theories (informed by and complementing participant feedback and staff observations) to assess ACE and provides recommendations to improve the ACE. We analyze available data from the 2019 ACE class and use relevant education theories to reveal insights regarding what the ACE program does well, ways it could improve, and future work that could further improve the program and other cyber security bootcamps. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Computer science en_US
dc.subject Adult education en_US
dc.title Education theories applied to a cyber security bootcamp en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Master of Science en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Department of Computer Science en_US
dc.description.advisor Joshua L. Weese en_US
dc.date.published 2020 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth May en_US


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