Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Information Systems and Technology


Information and Decision Sciences

First Reader/Committee Chair

Coulson, Antony


This culminating experience project examines the current method used to investigate the effectiveness of the Seminar in Information Systems and Technology INSuRE project course (IST 5930) at CSUSB from the student perspective. Currently, the Student Opinions of Teaching Effectiveness (SOTE) survey is the standard practice for gathering a student’s perspective on a course. The SOTE is brief and focuses on the feedback of the students on the instructor themselves and how they administered the course. The SOTE is a generalized tool and may not capture specific details about the many learning goals and objectives for a course that uses high-impact practices. The Information Security Research and Education (INSuRE) project at CSUSB employs high-impact practices that utilize elements of project-based learning to carry out research of current problems facing Federal cybersecurity agencies and national laboratories.

This project examined assessment survey questions created based on the Student Assessment of their Learning Gains (SALG) instrument which was created to measure programs funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The NSF is the same organization responsible for the initial funding of the INSuRE project. Different delivery methods were explored as to when to administer the assessment tool for optimal results of the student perspective. Research concluded that a longer assessment tool can be used to highlight precise outcomes of the INSuRE class, to emphasize how this learning approach has a significant impact on student learning.