Published on March 8, 2014
TECHNOLOGY LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS IN A VIRTUAL SANDBOX M. DAWSON and J. KING. College of Graduate Studies, Alabama A&M University, P.O. Box 429, Normal, AL, 35762. Management Information Systems (MIS)
Abstract Management Information Systems (MIS), Information Technology (IT), and computer science students need a better way to replicate learning environments. This is important as technology changes at a fast pace. More importantly there has to be a method to quickly replicate environments that match industry standards, professors‘ research labs, and other environments. Software applications such as Oracle Virtual Box, or VMware Player can provide the learning environment in a virtual sandbox. Professors can develop a Virtual Machine (VM) with all the coding examples, system configurations, test scripts, and more for students to work from for the entire course. This VM can be stored in a number of places with the ability to use any VM player at work, home, or at the institution. Gone are the days of institutions needing multiple labs for specialized software or different Operating Systems (OS).
Associated Research • Dawson, M., Al Saeed, I., Wright, J., & Onyegbula, F. (2014) Open Source Software to • • • • • • • Enhance the STEM Learning Environment. Encyclopedia of Education and Technology. Dawson, M., Al Saeed, I., Wright, J., & Omar, M. (2013). TECHNOLOGY ENHANCED LEARNING WITH OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE FOR SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS. INTED2013 Proceedings, 5583-5589.. Dawson, M., Wright, J., & Abramson, J. (2013). TRANSFORMING INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND COMPUTER SCIENCE EDUCATION WITH VIRTUALIZATION. ICERI2013 Proceedings, 2679-2682. Wright, J., & Dawson, M. (2013). IMPORTANCE OF INTEGRATING INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY RELATED CURRICULUM IN AMERICAN INNER CITY SCHOOLS. INTED2013 Proceedings, 5666-5672. Dawson, M., Wright, J., & Abramson, J. (2013). OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE TO TEACH TECHNOLOGY ENTREPRENEURSHIP CONCEPTS AND PRACTICES. ICERI2013 Proceedings, 2637-2639. Wright, J., & Dawson, M. (2013). IMPORTANCE OF INTEGRATING INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY RELATED CURRICULUM IN AMERICAN INNER CITY SCHOOLS. INTED2013 Proceedings, 5666-5672. Dawson, M. E., & Al Saeed, I. (2012). Use of Open Source Software and Virtualization in Academia to Enhance Higher Education Everywhere. Cutting-edge Technologies in Higher Education, 6, 283-313. Dawson, M., Burrell, D., & Emanuel, W. (2011, March). Utilization of e-learning tools, virtual machines, & open source software to enhance graduate systems engineering Programs. In Global Learn (Vol. 2011, No. 1, pp. 2088-2091).
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