Advanced Cyber Training
Ginkgo is a cyber learning management environment that enables the delivery of advanced web-based training and exercises, using a combination of feature-rich content along with hands-on practical activities that emulate real-world scenarios. Ginkgo’s exercises and training modules are remotely accessible using a web browser, making it one of the most convenient ways to provide complex training across a geographically dispersed audience. Each exercise scenario is carefully designed using virtual networks and machines that take advantage of Ginkgo’s ability to provide scaleable deployment of training resources and automatically assess the trainees’ performance.
Chronos integrates a substantial hands-on learning experience into a cyber learning environment. Chronos implements a browser-based interface to a unified model of a complex network with real components, allowing students to interact easily with those components in a manner appropriate for practical exercises. For example, console access to “remote” machines can be limited to better emulate an operational environment, while reset capability can be granted to allow for self-recovery, minimizing the need for instructor intervention.
Chronos can reconfigure machines on the fly for different activities. This allows network assets to be reused across multiple lessons, minimizing infrastructure needs. Chronos can also isolate students from one another in enforced swim lanes, reducing the risk of one student’s work affecting another student’s learning environment. Chronos lets the student be more independent in the course, allowing for experimentation with minimal support.
Touchstone is an autograding capability for interactive network tools such as virtual machines. Touchstone allows instructors to evaluate student performance in exercises and exams quickly and accurately while providing students with rapid feedback.
Ginkgo automatically extracts the data after students submit their answers. Data is parsed into a uniform data model. Touchstone then concurrently assesses the data from multiple running machines using a robust Boolean logic-based rubric to evaluate the student’s actions and the resulting state of the machines. For each gradable item, Touchstone evaluates the student using flexible grading with varying levels of credit to produce a numerical score. Ginkgo then compiles these scores into a numerical representation of the student’s performance.
This fully integrated tool provides a streamlined way of evaluating students based on performance rather than just scripted questions.
Ginkgo provides instructors and facilitators with a dashboard to monitor each student’s progress with metrics that include log-on and log-off activity, amount of time spent in particular training modules and performance on graded assessments. Facilitators can gauge how quickly or slowly a student is progressing through the material, giving them the oversight needed to intervene with those who are struggling.
Instructors also have a separate gradebook view where they can see all of the grades for students in the course as well as manually override scores and unlock additional assessment attempts. Class averages for each training module are displayed on the dashboard, providing instructors with course benchmarks for students’ performance.
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