Dec 09, 2001 by
Information Technology Editorial Board
This material is a tutorial on computer viruses with explicit examples of viruses, how they can affect a computer, how to identify the virus interaction on a computer, and how to avoid/cleanup a virus infection.
Type of Material:
Students need an Internet connection with Adobe Acrobat reader. The tutorial can be downloaded and executed locally using the Acrobat reader.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The learning goal is to enable the students to learn how to identify a virus infection and get rid of the virus from their computer.
Target Student Population:
The target population is high school or college students and anyone else interested in the history, evolution, and removal of computer viruses.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
A general knowledge about computers is a prerequisite for understanding this material.
Evaluation and Observation
This module is very well done. I like the navigational tools, so a student can easily go to each topic and subtopic, using pull-down menus. The information is accurate and timely. The summary at the end of each chapter was very useful.
Exercises related to the tutorial would be great. The tutorial could be improved by providing some interactivity. Review questions at the end of each chapter would be useful.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
It would be relatively easy to adapt this tutorial to an academic assignment. It has much useful information about a topic that is in the news.
Because this was not developed for an academic environment, learning objectives and prerequisite knowledge are not clearly identified.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The buttons for navigation through the topics are good. There are multiple ways to navigate through this site, which allows the site to be used both as a tutorial and as a reference.Very visually appealing.
The only interactivity in this module is clicking to go to another topic. More interaction could keep the student?s interest.