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Design of an Application to Collect Data and Create Animations from Visual Algorithm Simulation Exercises

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dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor.advisor Korhonen, Ari
dc.contributor.author Mariani, Giacomo
dc.date.accessioned 2020-05-31T17:00:24Z
dc.date.available 2020-05-31T17:00:24Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/44448
dc.description.abstract Visual Algorithm Simulation (VAS) exercises are commonly used in Computer Science education to help learners understand the logic behind the abstractions used in programming. These exercises also present problems common in the daily work of Computer Science graduates. Aalto University uses the JSAV library to create VAS exercises and evaluate the solutions submitted by students. The evaluation process counts the amount of correct steps given by the user during the exercise. However, because more detailed data is not collected, teachers currently can not recreate and analyse the submitted solutions more in depth. This thesis presents the design, development and evaluation of an application prototype, which can be easily integrated in existing VAS exercises created with the JSAV library. The prototype is called Player Application, and it is designed as a service that can be easily integrated into other systems while still remaining independent. The Player Application consists of two main independent components: the Exercise Recorder and the Exercise Player. A third important contribution is the new JSON-based Algorithm Animation Language, which is designed to describe, structure and store the data collected from the VAS exercises. The prototype was successfully tested in an online environment by importing the Exercise Recorder into existing exercises and replaying the submitted solutions in the Exercise Player. The tests showed that its design and architecture were valid. Next, the aim is to create a mature application, which can be used at Aalto University and other institutions, in addition the prototype still needs further development to support more VAS exercise types. en
dc.format.extent 65+12
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.title Design of an Application to Collect Data and Create Animations from Visual Algorithm Simulation Exercises en
dc.type G2 Pro gradu, diplomityö fi
dc.contributor.school Perustieteiden korkeakoulu fi
dc.subject.keyword algorithm visualization en
dc.subject.keyword visual algorithm simulation en
dc.subject.keyword algorithm simulation en
dc.subject.keyword algorithm animation en
dc.subject.keyword JSAV en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-202005313418
dc.programme.major Computer Science fi
dc.programme.mcode SCI3042 fi
dc.type.ontasot Master's thesis en
dc.type.ontasot Diplomityö fi
dc.contributor.supervisor Haaranen, Lassi
dc.programme Master’s Programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences fi
local.aalto.electroniconly yes
local.aalto.openaccess yes

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