Understanding Computer Architecture with Visual Simulations: What Educational Value?

Mustafa, Besim and Alston, Peter (2012) Understanding Computer Architecture with Visual Simulations: What Educational Value? In: Vittorini, P., Gennari, R., Marenzi, I., Prieta, F. de la and Rodríguez, J. M. C. (eds). International Workshop on Evidence-Based Technology Enhanced Learning Advances in Intelligent and Soft Computing. Advances in Intelligent and Soft Computing, 152. Springer, Berlin, pp. 1-9. ISBN 978-3-642-28800-5 DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-28801-2_1

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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

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Divisions: Computing and Information Systems
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2013 08:06
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/4736

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