IJIET 2015 Vol.5(9): 714-718 ISSN: 2010-3689
DOI: 10.7763/IJIET.2015.V5.598

An Auto-Generation Approach to Create Visualization Teaching Materials for Data Structures and Algorithms in MS-PPT Format

Sen Zhang

Abstract—Computer science education community has long been searching for effective and feasible visualization solutions to facilitate teaching and learning of data structures and algorithms (DSAs). This paper presents a novel and practical approach that involves first creating generator programs to exploit the rich presentation features, the standardized format and powerful auto API of Microsoft PowerPoint (MS-PPT). These generators can then be used to automatically and systematically create DSAs teaching slides consisting of nontrivial, neat and consistent graphical illustrations. The approach has been prototyped and experimented at a small scale. The preliminary results of using the approach are promising. The advantages and challenges of the approach are discussed and the current status of the project building upon the approach is reported.

Index Terms—Data structures, algorithms, visualization, auto generation, computer application, education reform and innovation, curricula and courseware design.

Sen Zhang is with the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics, SUNY College at Oneonta, Oneonta, NY, U.S.A. 13820 (e-mail: zhangs@Oneonta.edu).

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Cite: Sen Zhang, "An Auto-Generation Approach to Create Visualization Teaching Materials for Data Structures and Algorithms in MS-PPT Format," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 5, no. 9, pp. 714-718, 2015.

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  • ISSN: 2010-3689 (Online)
  • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Inf. Educ. Technol.
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • DOI: 10.18178/IJIET
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