Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Computer Science

First Advisor

Xiaolin Hu - Chair

Second Advisor

Rajshekhar Sunderraman

Third Advisor

Ying Zhu


With the advance in applying technology in education, the traditional lecture-driven teaching style is gradually replaced by a more active teaching style where the students play a more active rule in the learning process. In this paper we introduce a new initiative to provide a suite of online tools for learning DEVS model. The uniqueness of this tutorial project is the integration of information technology and multimedia into education through the development of an interactive tutorial and the characteristic of contextualized learning. The tutorial teaches students about the basic aspects of discrete event system and simulation. The interactive tutorial fully utilizes the power of the information and multimedia technology, web application and the programming language Java, to enhance students’ learning to achieve rich interactivity. The tutorial greatly supports human-computer collaboration to enhance learning and to satisfy user goals by effectively allowing the user to interact.