Layered architecture for automatic generation of conflictive animations in programming education
Moreno, A., Joy, Mike, Myller, Niko and Sutinen, Erkki. (2010) Layered architecture for automatic generation of conflictive animations in programming education. IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies, Vol.3 (No.2). pp. 139-151. ISSN 1939-1382Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TLT.2009.36
Fundamental concepts of programming and data structures are usually taught with graphical tools such as simulations and animations. Conflictive animations have been proposed to improve students' understanding of programming concepts. In conflictive animations, errors are introduced in the animations to motivate students to constantly check their knowledge against what is being animated. We have implemented a framework in an animation tool that allows the automatic generation of conflictive animations of statements, expressions, and other programming constructs. The automatic generation is challenging due to the alternative paths execution can take and their side effects. The architecture of the tool consists of several layers that can alter the normal interpretation or visualization of the program. The framework and the tool have been evaluated by creating conflictive animations of two programming concepts—for-loops and inheritance—and by running a set of 27 examples taken from Java textbooks. Of these, over two thirds (19) required no modification or only minor changes to create the conflictive animations. The reasons that the remaining examples did not generate conflictive animations automatically were divided between the layered architecture used and the example program itself.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Electronic computers. Computer science. Computer software
|Divisions:||Faculty of Science > Computer Science|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Computer programming -- Study and teaching, Object-oriented programming (Computer science), Java (Computer program language), Computer simulation, Computer architecture, Computer programs -- Correctness|
|Journal or Publication Title:||IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies|
|Page Range:||pp. 139-151|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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