Recent technological advances in teaching and learning provide dynamic tools required to meet the educational needs of the digital era. However, teachers and other educators are increasingly experiencing cyber threats while teaching online, thereby affecting the quality of teaching as well as learning outcomes. Teacher Ayanna, a secondary school teacher from Trinidad and Tobago, decided to use Zoom sessions to deliver her lessons soon after the school closures in her country. During a class with her form 3 students, she experienced a disturbing Zoombombing attack within the first five minutes of the lesson. She reported the matter to the Cyber Crime Unit and Children’s Authority for advice. Coincidentally, similar incidents had occurred on the same day at other schools. The authorities were able to investigate and apprehend the perpetrator. Since then, she has implemented safety measures on the learning platforms to protect her students from such attacks.
Like Teacher Ayanna, many educators have been increasingly exposed to cybercrimes in recent times. Responding to a poll in a recent cybersecurity training course for teachers, 30% indicated that they had experienced various attacks including ransomware, Zoombombing, phishing, account hijacking, malvertising, email account takeover, and credit card fraud, among others. It is, therefore, important for educators to be equipped with the skills to mitigate these attacks for a safer and more effective learning environment.
The Advanced Cybersecurity Training for Teachers (ACTT) course is designed to delve deeper into cybersecurity concepts, and their application in a teaching – learning environment. The course will run over four weeks, and it will require between 4-6 hours of time each week. Participants will learn from video lectures, articles, case studies, webinars as well as discussions with fellow learners and mentors.
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Week 1: Advanced Cyber Attacks
During the first week, participants will explore:
Week 2: Data Security
During the second week, participants will learn:
Week 3: Advanced Personal/Host Security
In the third week, participants will explore:
Week 4: Cybersecurity Concerns in Emerging Technologies
In the final week, participants will:
Primary and secondary school teachers
Other education practitioners
After completion of this course, the participant should be able to:
A Certificate of Completion or Certificate of Participation will be awarded depending on the level of participation and completion of tasks.