Understanding Computer Architecture with Visual Simulations: What Educational Value?

Besim Mustafa, Peter Alston

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Abstract

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
Publisherspringer
Pages1-9
Number of pages9
Volume152
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-28800-5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent and Soft Computing

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