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Pedagogical Approach to Effective Cybersecurity Teaching

Arabo, Abdullahi; Serpell, Martin


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Abdullahi Arabo
Associate professor of Cyber Science and Network Security

Martin Serpell
Senior Lecturer in Computer Systems and Networks


Zhigeng Pan

Adrian David Cheok

Wolfgang Mueller


© 2019, Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature. Initial research ruled out many factors that were thought may correlate to student academic performance. Finally, a strong correlation was found between their academic performance and their motivation. Following on from this research teaching practice was restructured to improve student motivation, engagement, and interest in cybersecurity by contextualizing teaching material with current real-world scenarios. This restructuring led to a very significant improvement in student academic performance, engagement and interest in cybersecurity. Students were found to attend more of their lectures and practical sessions and that this had a strong positive correlation with their academic performance.


Arabo, A., & Serpell, M. (in press). Pedagogical Approach to Effective Cybersecurity Teaching. In Z. Pan, A. D. Cheok, & W. Mueller (Eds.), Transactions on Edutainment XV (129-140). Springer.

Acceptance Date Mar 13, 2018
Online Publication Date Apr 27, 2019
Deposit Date Mar 21, 2018
Publicly Available Date Apr 28, 2020
Journal Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Print ISSN 1867-7207
Electronic ISSN 1611-3349
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 11345 LNCS
Pages 129-140
Series Title Lecture Notes in Computer Science
Series Number 11345
Book Title Transactions on Edutainment XV
ISBN 9783662593509
Keywords education, cybersecurity, edutainment
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Additional Information Additional Information : Special issue on cybersecurity teaching and learning


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