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BRIDGES: A System to Enable Creation of Engaging Data Structures Assignments with Real-World Data and Visualizations

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BRIDGES: A System to Enable Creation of Engaging Data Structures Assignments with Real-World Data and Visualizations
Although undergraduate enrollment in Computer Science has remained strong and seen substantial increases in the past decade, retention of majors remains a significant concern, particularly for students at the freshman and sophomore level that are tackling foundational courses on algorithms and data structures. In this work, we present BRIDGES, a software infrastructure designed to enable the creation of more engaging assignments in introductory data structures courses by providing students with a simplified API that allows them to populate their own data structure implementations with live, real-world, and interesting data sets, such as those from popular social networks (e.g., Twitter, Facebook). BRIDGES also provides the ability for students to create and explore visualizations of the execution of the data structures that they construct in their course assignments, which can promote better understanding of the data structure and its underlying algorithms; these visualizations can ...
David Burlinson, Mihai Mehedint, Chris Grafer, Kal
Added 09 Apr 2016
Updated 09 Apr 2016
Type Journal
Year 2016
Where SIGCSE
Authors David Burlinson, Mihai Mehedint, Chris Grafer, Kalpathi R. Subramanian, Jamie Payton, Paula Goolkasian, Michael Youngblood, Robert Kosara
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