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ERIC Number: EJ890146
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1946-6226
A Survey of Successful Evaluations of Program Visualization and Algorithm Animation Systems
Urquiza-Fuentes, Jaime; Velazquez-Iturbide, J. Angel
ACM Transactions on Computing Education, v9 n2 Article 9 Jun 2009
This article reviews successful educational experiences in using program and algorithm visualizations (PAVs). First, we survey a total of 18 PAV systems that were subject to 33 evaluations. We found that half of the systems have only been tested for usability, and those were shallow inspections. The rest were evaluated with respect to their educational effectiveness. Script-based systems seem to be well suited for the viewing, responding, and changing engagement levels, while compiler-based systems do well for the construction and presenting engagement levels. Finally, we analyze additional PAV features of successful evaluations and hypothesize that they are relevant.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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