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Mid-Semester Lessons Learned

Security Tools Reviews - not for students

I think I'm asking students to do too much here. Do homeworks, do a project, do readings, AND write presentations on tools they've never heard of before every week? This would work better if I laid out a schedule of tools and did the demonstrations myself. Maybe next year.

Non-local Professors - awesome!

Aaron, Pete, and Colin all delivered, without the benefit of speaking to me in-person about the class. Note to self for next time: have a disaster recovery plan in case of travel failures.

A Mole - worth it

I've previously talked about the benefits of having a "mole" in the class, someone who you can check in with each week to make sure you and your students are on the same page. I don't have one this semester and I feel like a rudderless ship.

Final Projects - direct students more

I introduced the final projects the second week this semester, but students didn't seem to settle on anything until about 8 weeks in. I need to have a solid list of pet projects I want done at the beginning of the semester.

Get an IDA license

The choice between IDA 4.9 with no features or IDA 5.2 restarting every 15 minutes is pretty sucky. I have to get someone to buck up and pay for a few licenses that I can use. Everything else seems to have decent free replacements.

Next Week

I'll be posting a list of all the project ideas that students came up with and are working on. Let me know if you can help any of them!


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