Title: Teaching computer data transfer principles through simulation and animation

Authors: Kei-Chun Li, Kang Zhang

Addresses: Department of IAT, Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong, China. ' Department of Computer Science, University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, Texas 75080-3021, USA

Abstract: An increasing number of software simulation tools have been available for teaching computer concepts including hardware and software in undergraduate programmes. However, many of these tools do not help students to visualise system behaviour. This paper describes a multimedia web-based learning system which includes three simulators. It facilitates learning and conceptual understanding of computer data transfer principles in an efficient, direct, and long-lasting way. The authors| experience in using the tools shows the following benefits: support for different learning styles and learning speed, increased motivation for learning, and better understanding of concepts.

Keywords: animation; simulation; multimedia; web-based learning; computer education; visualisation; computer data transfer; learning styles; learning speed; motivation; e-learning; electronic learning; online learning.

DOI: 10.1504/IJASS.2010.034106

International Journal of Applied Systemic Studies, 2010 Vol.3 No.2, pp.149 - 167

Published online: 12 Jul 2010 *

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