Friday, June 14, 2013

LOPSA East Class reviews - IPv6 & DNSSEC

I just received the reviews and attendee feedback for the IPv6 and DNSSEC classes I taught at the recent LOPSA-East conference. So far my recent stint as a technical course instructor at various conferences has been going well. Students are generally very pleased with the courses, and the positive feedback often results in invitations to teach at other venues.

The DNSSEC class is new. At past conferences, I've taught a combined DNS and DNSSEC class. But I've received feedback that many folks would like to see a course focussed on DNSSEC, so I created one. I also incorporated some live demos of setting up DNSSEC, which attendees found to be very useful.

I'll most likely be teaching these classes again at the USENIX LISA conference in Washington, DC later this year.

The possible responses for each question in the feedback survey are "Unsatisfactory", "Missed Some Expectations", "Met Expectations", "Exceeded Expectations", and "Greatly Exceeded Expectations". The data below is only for the (small) subset of the class that offered feedback of course.

IPv6 Course Feedback


==> SA1: Using and Migrating to IPv6 / Huque

Rate this training session: [Description matched the contents of the class]
    * Greatly Exceeded Expectations
    * Exceeded Expectations
    * Greatly Exceeded Expectations
    * Met Expectations
    * Met Expectations
    * Greatly Exceeded Expectations
    * Exceeded Expectations
    * Greatly Exceeded Expectations

Rate this training session: [Class material was useful to my job]
    * Greatly Exceeded Expectations
    * Met Expectations
    * Greatly Exceeded Expectations
    * Met Expectations
    * Met Expectations
    * Exceeded Expectations
    * Exceeded Expectations
    * Greatly Exceeded Expectations

Rate this training session: [Instructor was knowledgeable]
    * Greatly Exceeded Expectations
    * Greatly Exceeded Expectations
    * Greatly Exceeded Expectations
    * Exceeded Expectations
    * Greatly Exceeded Expectations
    * Greatly Exceeded Expectations
    * Greatly Exceeded Expectations
    * Greatly Exceeded Expectations

Rate this training session: [Instructor was able to answer students questions]
    * Greatly Exceeded Expectations
    * Greatly Exceeded Expectations
    * Greatly Exceeded Expectations
    * Greatly Exceeded Expectations
    * Greatly Exceeded Expectations
    * Greatly Exceeded Expectations
    * Greatly Exceeded Expectations
    * Greatly Exceeded Expectations

Rate this training session: [Course material quality]
    * Greatly Exceeded Expectations
    * Exceeded Expectations
    * Greatly Exceeded Expectations
    * Exceeded Expectations
    * Greatly Exceeded Expectations
    * Greatly Exceeded Expectations
    * Exceeded Expectations
    * Greatly Exceeded Expectations

What was the single BEST part of this class?
    * good material, awesome presenter
    * Excellent balance of technical detail with beginner introduction
    * instructor clear experience and ability to communicate topic
    * He has done the work, and could provide many answer from experience
    * Quality of the instructor - good speaker and very knowledgable.
    *
    * The instructor was able to explain a very complex topic clearly & in terms that are directly applicable to my future use of the material.
    * Shumon's depth of knowledge; he adapted what we covered and how fast we were going, on the fly! AWESOME instructor.

Name one aspect of this class that NEEDS IMPROVMENT?
    * needs to be longer
    *
    * wants more time to work in.
    * pacing, which material to emphasis. I thought the first part of the material could have been covered a bit faster, and more time on the meatier issues
    * The class seemed to detail a lot of 'differences between ipv6 and ipv4' and protocol internals in favor of 'how do I actually deal with migration issues'. A better mix would be nice, but I understand that unless you know of the differences, it can be hard to concentrate on implementation.
    *
    * Access to a Lab for a demo might add to the session.
    * nothing, run this class again. MAYBE, talk him into making another class focused on migrating your organization from v4 to v6... so people can do 'intro to ipv6' if they need, then another session on migration strategies.

Should LOPSA offer this class in the furture?
    * Yes
    * Yes
    * Yes
    * Yes
    * Yes
    * Yes
    * Yes
    * Yes

DNSSEC Course Feedback


==> SA4: DNSSEC (DNS Security Extensions) / Huque

Rate this training session: [Description matched the contents of the class]
    * Met Expectations
    * Exceeded Expectations
    * Greatly Exceeded Expectations
    * Exceeded Expectations
    * Greatly Exceeded Expectations

Rate this training session: [Class material was useful to my job]
    * Met Expectations
    * Greatly Exceeded Expectations
    * Greatly Exceeded Expectations
    * Exceeded Expectations
    * Greatly Exceeded Expectations

Rate this training session: [Instructor was knowledgeable]
    * Met Expectations
    * Greatly Exceeded Expectations
    * Greatly Exceeded Expectations
    * Greatly Exceeded Expectations
    * Greatly Exceeded Expectations

Rate this training session: [Instructor was able to answer students questions]
    * Met Expectations
    * Greatly Exceeded Expectations
    * Greatly Exceeded Expectations
    * Greatly Exceeded Expectations
    * Greatly Exceeded Expectations

Rate this training session: [Course material quality]
    * Met Expectations
    * Missed Some Expectations
    * Greatly Exceeded Expectations
    * Exceeded Expectations
    * Greatly Exceeded Expectations

What was the single BEST part of this class?
    * DNSSEC appears do-able
    * My impression of DNSSEC went from theoretically possible to practical in a very short time. Something that is alluded me for quite some time.
    *
    * Best part was seeing the live application of theory in an enterprise environment.
    * Shumon's depth of knowledge; he adapted what we covered and how fast we were going, on the fly! AWESOME instructor. He's so good, we had wonky wifi, and he just ran demos through Bind on his Mac. nice.

Name one aspect of this class that NEEDS IMPROVMENT?
    *
    * Materials were not but will be posted to the presenters site
    *
    * nothing negative to say.
    * nothing, don't change anything, run it again!

Should LOPSA offer this class in the furture?
    * Yes
    * Yes
    * Yes
    * Yes
    * Yes