Understanding Computer Architecture with Visual Simulations: What Educational Value?

Besim Mustafa, Peter Alston

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Many software simulators have been created for educational purposes. Such educational tools need to be both engaging and pedagogically sound if they are to enhance students’ learning experiences. A system simulator for computer architecture teaching and learning has been developed and refined according to both established and emerging new principles of pedagogy. A methodology for evaluating the simulator’s educational value has been identified and successfully applied during scheduled practical tutorial classes in years two and three of a three year undergraduate computing degree. The results are presented both qualitatively and quantitatively and are strongly indicative of the positive pedagogical value of-fered by the system simulations
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Workshop on Evidence-Based Technology Enhanced Learning Advances in Intelligent and Soft Computing
EditorsP. Vittorini, R. Gennari, I. Marenzi, F. de la Prieta, J. M. C. Rodríguez
Place of PublicationBerlin
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-28800-5
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent and Soft Computing


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