The Annotated Bibliography is a collection of curated links to research literature on AV topics.

Do algorithm animations assist learning?: an empirical study and analysis

TitleDo algorithm animations assist learning?: an empirical study and analysis
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication1993
AuthorsStasko, J. T., A. Badre, and C. Lewis
Conference NameCHI '93: Proceedings of the SIGCHI conference on Human factors in computing systems
PublisherACM Press
ISBN Number0-89791-575-5
DOIhttp://doi.acm.org/10.1145/169059.169078
Review: 

Algorithm animations are dynamic graphical illustrations of computer algorithms, and they are used as teaching aids to help explain how the algorithms work. Although many people believe that algorithm animations are useful this way, no empirical evidence has ever been presented supporting this belief. We have conducted an empirical study of a priority queue algorithm animation, and the study's results indicate that the animation only slightly assisted student understanding. In this article, we analyze those results and hypothesize why algorithm animations may not be as helpful as was initially hoped. We also develop guidelines for making algorithm animations.

One conclusion is that "rewind" is a necessary feature for an animation