Collaborative Research: Databases for Many Majors: Customizable Visualizations to Improve STEM Learning

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Project Summary Visualization is an effective pedagogical tool in multimedia instruction that enhances learning and engages student interest, with the potential to improve how quickly students learn. This project builds on the successes of an earlier research project in introducing database concepts to many majors using visualizations. In that project, two animations, with color and images in a dynamic presentation, were developed. The first introduces relational databases and how they differ from spreadsheets. The second one covers querying of relational databases. In addition, these animations are customizable using XML so that discipline-specific examples can be used to integrate database concepts into various disciplines. The goals of the current project include building on this established framework. One objective is the development of an animation on the conceptual design of data, which explains how to model data and then map the design to a relational database schema. Another objective is the design of a framework within the customizable animations to provide students with an opportunity for formative feedback. This selfevaluation is important for improving comprehension. Since the animations are customizable, this self-assessment framework must also be customizable. A third objective of the project includes the development of tools to assist in the customization of the animations and the assessment framework. The animations will also be customized to additional STEM domains, specifically statistics, forensics, and ecology.
Effective start/end date9/1/148/31/19


  • National Science Foundation (NSF): $257,687.00


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