AN INTERACTIVE TOOL FOR DATA STRUCTURE VISUALIZATION AND ALGORITHM ANIMATION - Experiences and Results

Rafael del Vado Vírseda

Abstract

We present a visualization tool for the interactive learning of data structures and algorithmic schemes which can be used as a useful educational environment in Computer Science. The different parts of this tool intend to transmit to the students the importance of separating the specification and the implementation of data structures, facilitating the intuitive comprehension of the most typical implementations by using algorithmic schemes, and providing examples where such structures are used. The tool has been designed to allow teachers to monitor the whole educational process of the students, providing a personal training assistant and a range of tutoring techniques according to the student’s response. Along the academic course 2008/09 we have evaluated the part of the tool concerning data structures. The tool evaluation is carried by means of tests, some of them managed from a Virtual Campus, with open access to all the students, and another one managed in a computer laboratory with a controlled group. In this paper, we show the results of this educational experience about the benefits that the students get from the tool in the current teaching of Computer Science.

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del Vado Vírseda R. (2010). AN INTERACTIVE TOOL FOR DATA STRUCTURE VISUALIZATION AND ALGORITHM ANIMATION - Experiences and Results . In Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 2: CSEDU, ISBN 978-989-674-024-5, pages 13-20. DOI: 10.5220/0002769000130020


in Bibtex Style

@conference{csedu10,
author={Rafael del Vado Vírseda},
title={AN INTERACTIVE TOOL FOR DATA STRUCTURE VISUALIZATION AND ALGORITHM ANIMATION - Experiences and Results},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 2: CSEDU,},
year={2010},
pages={13-20},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0002769000130020},
isbn={978-989-674-024-5},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 2: CSEDU,
TI - AN INTERACTIVE TOOL FOR DATA STRUCTURE VISUALIZATION AND ALGORITHM ANIMATION - Experiences and Results
SN - 978-989-674-024-5
AU - del Vado Vírseda R.
PY - 2010
SP - 13
EP - 20
DO - 10.5220/0002769000130020