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WASTC, Cisco Regional Academy

Conference, June 19, 2014

Packet Tracer – Overview of Activity Wizard


Bob Samson
Professor – Computer Information Technology
Mesa Community College Networking Academy
Robert.samson@mesacc.edu

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Packet Tracer
Overview

Packet Tracer is designed to enhance teaching and learning and


supplements training on actual equipment

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What is Cisco Packet Tracer?
 Comprehensive networking technology teaching and
learning software developed by Cisco Networking
Academy

Latest version 7.1.1


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Packet Tracer Simulation-Based Learning

 Offers a unique combination of:


 Realistic simulation and visualization
experiences,
 Complex assessment and activity
authoring capabilities, and
 Opportunities for multiuser
collaboration and competition

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Packet Tracer Availability

 Packet Tracer is available free to all Networking Academy


instructors, students and alumni on Academy Connection
 Packet Tracer is available in both Windows and Linux versions.
 Also available in mobile version (android and iOS)
 Recommendation:
Download to a local server at your academy and have students install
Packet Tracer from the local server

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Pre-Made Sample Files

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Help Files - Tutorials

Load advanced tutorials for


the Activity Wizard

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Help Files – Some of the Tutorials

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Packet Tracer
Activity Wizard

The Packet Tracer Activity Wizard is designed to enhance teaching


and learning by allowing creation of multiple self grading scenarios
within a structured environment.

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PT Activity Wizard Vocabulary

 Answer network: The network that you want students


to end up with after they perform whatever
configuration tasks they are instructed to complete. The
“correct” answer.
 Initial network: The network that you give students to
begin with in completing the activity. This can be as
“complete” or incomplete as you like. Just remember
that you need to give clear instructions so that students
know what Answer network you are expecting.

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Planning: Create the Answer first…

 Using the Activity Wizard is easier with a little up front planning.


 The easiest way to create activities using the wizard is to create
the Answer network first.
 By removing or editing elements of the answer network, the Initial
network is created.
… Or ...
 Import a .pkt file that already contains all or most of the elements
you might want to assess. This imported file becomes the Answer
network.

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Sample Activity – Answer Network

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Activate the Activity Wizard

The Activity Wizard can be


accessed from the Extensions
menu, from the tool bar, or with
Ctrl+W.

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Activity Wizard – Create Answer File

You will be prompted to use the current file.

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Welcome Screen

Update the Author &


Comments section
with your contact
information and any
special instructions

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Instructions

The Instructions screen provides a place where you


can list the steps needed to complete this activity.

HTML tags such as <b> for bold, <i> for


italics, or <u> for underline may also be
used when typing in the instructions field.

Use the + button to add more pages to the instructions.


Use the X button to delete a page of instructions.
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Use the < and > to move through the pages.
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Instructions in HTML

You can also use most


basic HTML tags to
format your instructions,
as shown here.

Copying code from an


HTML editor works well!

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Create Instructions in an Editor First

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Skills Final

Note: Variables in brackets

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Save as an HTML Document

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Delete Existing text and Import Page

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Preview the HTML instructions

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Note: Variable values


assigned from the
pools.

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Answer Network – Lots goes on here!

You can view and modify You can import a different


the answer network at answer network from an existing
any time by clicking here. .pkt file or export the current
answer network to a .pkt file.

The Answer Network screen allows you


to customize the activity’s answer
network, assessment options, timer
settings, connectivity testing, and
feedback options.

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What Can be Assessed?

Assessment criteria are Vast-


Almost any value in any
device may be compared to
the Answer Network.
The Answer network used in
creating the activity will
dictate which items may be
assessed.
Connectivity tests may also
be created to verify that the
finished network actually
functions properly.

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Assessment Options and Items

Only checked items will be evaluated. Be careful not to just


check a device at the outermost level – every item in the
device will become checked! Clicking on the ‘+’ sign will
expand a category.

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Show Only Checked Items

Use this
box to
show only
checked
items

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Connectivity Test

If selected, Connectivity Tests will be


based on Scenario-0 in the Answer file.

Criteria can be set for “Do Not Test”,


“Success”, or “Fail”.
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Activity Timer

Time Elapsed tracks the time taken to complete an activity.


Countdown sets a time limit for completing the activity.
None turns the timer off.
The default is Time Elapsed.

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The Show Initial Network button switches to
Initial Network the Initial Network. It begins as an empty
topology, which means the student will start
from scratch. Not a very good idea!

Use the Copy from Answer Network You can import a different
button to copy the answer network to initial network from an
the initial network. existing .pkt file or export
Then click on Show Initial Network the current initial network
button and adjust the initial network so to a .pkt file.
that the assessed items are missing.

The Initial Network screen allows you to set up the


initial network and lock certain options within PT.

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Copy from Answer Network

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New Initial Network

Notice the Activity Wizard hat


indicating which screen you are in-
very handy!

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New Initial Network

All the existing values need to be


erased from the PC’s and the routers
need to be erased and reloaded.

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Set Locking Options

Under Locking Options, you


can specify which features are
not accessible within the activity.
Check items you want locked.

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Lock View Assessment Items

Another popular choice is to


disable the ability for the
students to review their
individual assessment items.
They will still see a “% Done”.

Often students ‘chase’ green


check marks and lose the value
of the exercise.

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Password Options

Click Enable Password to


be sure the password is set.

The lock icon will lock if


the password is enabled.

The Password screen allows


you to set a case-sensitive
password.

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Test or Check Activity

The Test Activity button will allow you to


test the activity from the beginning, just as a
student would.

The Check Activity button allows you to


continue an activity from the last point you
exited it – Great for editing the assessment
tree!

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Testing the Activity

The Test Activity


wizard cap reminds
you that you are
testing the activity.
Click on it to exit
testing.

The Instructions window cannot be


closed. You can minimize the window
or resize it.

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Check Results

If you allowed assessment


items, use the Check
Results button at anytime to
see how many of the
assessed items have been
completed so far.
Use the Reset Activity
button to restart the activity.

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Activity Results

When the student clicks


Check Results, she can see
exactly which assessment
items have not yet been
completed or were completed
incorrectly.

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Saving the Activity

When satisfied with the activity, click the Save button.


Save the file with an appropriate name in the directory of
your choice.
Note that the file extension for activities is .pka.

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