Faculty Advisor

Fisler, Kathryn


Demands for a well-prepared cybersecurity workforce are growing, and instructors who teach cybersecurity to students require effective tools and techniques. Peer review is one technique that has been demonstrated to have practical benefits in many contexts, including instruction. In this paper, we explore the use of peer review in two cybersecurity courses at WPI, and we analyze how students’ reviews deal with the topic of cybersecurity. We find that while they utilize peer review in different ways, the two courses have similarities in their review texts. The construction of review prompts and other factors may influence the degree to which students focus on security. Finally, we discuss our findings and present suggestions for instructors who use peer review in cybersecurity courses.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2017


Computer Science

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Computer Science