Title: A novel integrated framework for securing online instructor-student communication

Authors: Maher Salem; Khalid Samara; Mohammed Saeed Aldhaheri

Addresses: Computer Information Sciences, Higher Colleges of Technology, 17155, Al Ain, UAE ' Computer Information Sciences, Higher Colleges of Technology, 17155, Al Ain, UAE ' Computer Information Sciences, Higher Colleges of Technology, 17155, Al Ain, UAE

Abstract: Academic advising is a time-consuming effort in educational institutions. Advising and consulting students are critical, which can cause latency and additional overhead for both the instructor and student. This paper proposes an effective and secured online framework to enrich the advising experience between the instructor and student and enhance time management. It provides two main services: reserved time slots for each student and common discussion between students and instructors. Reserving a time slot means that the student can communicate with the advisor anywhere. It can start an embedded web-based virtual machine to interact with the instructor in real time. The second service is to share a general post with all students and instructors to come up with a generic solution. Security plays a dominant role in the framework. It uses a strong authentication mechanism and encrypts the entire traffic to keep the data confidential.

Keywords: online education; advising; cyber security; remote access; virtual desktop; software framework.

DOI: 10.1504/IJGUC.2019.097229

International Journal of Grid and Utility Computing, 2019 Vol.10 No.1, pp.42 - 52

Received: 02 Jan 2018
Accepted: 04 Jul 2018

Published online: 24 Dec 2018 *

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