Use of visual tools in distance teaching of computational models

Judith Gal-Ezer, Mark Trakhtenbrot

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We present visual interactive tools for distance teaching in course "Automata Theory and Formal Languages" (AFL) that explores mathematical models of computation. Using the tools, students can interactively explore the various classes of automata and grammars, their properties, expressive power, and transformations. The tools help to get prompt answers to typical questions, and to gain a better sense of concepts that would otherwise remain purely formal. This is especially important in distance education, where traditional difficulties in learning theoretical material become even more severe. Our tools address cognitive and communication aspects of asynchronous learning process. The need in such tools has been recently widely recognized.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication33rd Annual Frontiers in Education
Subtitle of host publicationEngineering as a Human Endeavor: Partnering Community, Academia, Government, and Industry, FIE 2003 - Conference Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)0780379616
StatePublished - 2003
Event33rd Annual Frontiers in Education, FIE 2003 - Westminster, United States
Duration: 5 Nov 20038 Nov 2003

Publication series

NameProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
ISSN (Print)1539-4565


Conference33rd Annual Frontiers in Education, FIE 2003
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Computer science education
  • Distance teaching
  • Visualization and animation


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