The Use of ARM-Assembly Language and a Raspberry Pi 1 B+ as a Server to Improve Computer Architecture Skills

Vitor Manuel Ferreira, Pedro Pinto, Sara Paiva, Maria José Azevedo Brito

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Abstract

Prompting students' interest and engagement in learning environments is crucial to achieve the best results. Academia and educators in general are constantly adapting materials and methodologies in order to maximise the acquisition of contents by their students. In this case-study, a new teaching/learning methodology is presented and evaluated through a final questionnaire survey. This case-study aims to understand students' efficiency and motivation levels regarding a new teaching/learning methodology adopted in the second module of a Computer Systems and Architectures course attended by first-year Computer Sciences undergraduates. The new teaching/learning methodology relies on a specific programming language-ARMv6 assembly-to improve students' efficiency levels, and an innovative always-visible in-class mobile test scenario, implemented through a low-cost computing platform-Raspberry Pi 1 B+- A s a server, mimicking as much as possible a real-life environment, so that students believe they are working on real hardware, thus enhancing their motivation levels. The results of the questionnaire survey allowed to infer that the use of a specific programming language, such as ARMv6 assembly, coupled with a new always-visible in-class mobile test scenario were in fact efficient in raising the levels of motivation among Computer Sciences students and, consequently, improved their skills in Computer Architecture. 2012 ACM Subject Classification Computer systems organization.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication1st International Computer Programming Education Conference, ICPEC 2020
EditorsRicardo Queiros, Filipe Portela, Mario Pinto, Alberto Simoes
Place of PublicationWadern
PublisherSchloss Dagstuhl- Leibniz-Zentrum fur Informatik GmbH, Dagstuhl Publishing
Pages1-11
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9783959771535
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2020
Event1st International Computer Programming Education Conference, ICPEC 2020 - Vila do Conde, Portugal
Duration: 25 Jun 202026 Jun 2020

Publication series

NameOpenAccess Series in Informatics
Volume81
ISSN (Print)2190-6807

Conference

Conference1st International Computer Programming Education Conference, ICPEC 2020
CountryPortugal
CityVila do Conde
Period25/06/2026/06/20

Keywords

  • Always-visible in-class mobile test scenario
  • Arm-assembly language
  • Computer architecture skills
  • Raspberry pi
  • Students' efficiency and motivation levels evaluation

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