Teaching abstract concepts can be best supported with supplemental instructional materials such as software animations. Visualization and animations have been shown to increase student motivation and help students develop deeper understandings. Through an NSF funded CCLI grant, a set of animations to support the teaching of database concepts is being developed and made freely available. Current modules available cover areas such as database design, interactive SQL, stored procedures and triggers, transactions and database security. In this paper, we provide an overview of the Animated Database Courseware (ADbC) as well as provide examples of how this software might be utilized in the classroom.
Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges
Murray, Meg and Mario Guimaraes. "Animated Database Courseware: Using Animations to Extend Conceptual Understanding of Database Concepts." Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges 24.2 (2008): 144-150.