August 1, 2016.
Nowadays, cyber security should be a priority for everyone when they connect their laptop to the internet; however, not many internet users have sufficient knowledge about cyber security. A cyberattack on an individual’s computer could result in the loss of personal information, financial information, or other resources. The damage from a cyberattack on a nuclear facility or other critical infrastructure could have much greater consequences. The attackers could impact the confidentiality of data, the availability of key systems, or the integrity of those safety or operating systems. Therefore, the National Nuclear Security Administration has tasked Pacific Northwest National Laboratory with developing eLearning modules for teaching cyber security to nuclear plant personnel. The eLearning modules are designed to increase cyber security knowledge and awareness for nuclear facility decision makers, regulators, workers, and stakeholders. The modules are designed along the lines of a university curriculum with foundation courses (100 level), and more in-depth courses (200 to 400 level). In general, eLearning modules need to have many interactive activities in order to grab and maintain the learners’ attention. Storyline 2TM is used as our eLearning management system for developing and presenting eLearning content. It provides many features that allow developers to create interactive learning activities. These include drag-and-drop, timeline, and knowledge testing products; moreover, Storyline 2TM allows pictures and videos to be displayed. Content developers are able to publish their Storyline 2TM products into many different formats, including CD, Web, and Word documents. This work focuses on the development of three 200 level courses covering cyber security threats, vulnerabilities, and consequences using Storyline. Gearhead is an activity to provide information on how the adversaries steal information of the employee. Gearhead provides a full freedom to users to discover different ways of attack from adversaries, and Gearhead contains many pictures to make an activity more interesting. Introduction timeline is a product that included a narration voice and drag-and-drop activity, so users have to drag the circle along the timeline to see the picture, listen to the audio, and read the information. By the end of each topic, users will receive some type of assessment to check their knowledge, and Storyline allows to create a test bank questions that we can use for multiple question quiz and drag-and-drop activity. Using Storyline 2TM is a good tool for developing effective cyber security eLearning modules. Beyond this specific training objective this project provided an opportunity for the author to learn education software and techniques useful in modern classrooms and curriculum.
Curriculum and Instruction | Other Computer Engineering
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
*This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation through the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program under grant# 1136419,# 1546150,# 1240040, # 1340110. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. The research was made possible by the California State University STEM Teacher Researcher Program.