Using WeBWorK, a Web-Based Homework Delivery and Grading System, to Help Prepare Students for Active Learning
Title: Using WeBWorK, a Web-Based Homework Delivery and Grading System, to Help Prepare Students for Active Learning by Adam R. Lucas, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Mills College, Oakland, CA.
Key words: Web homework, peer instruction, active learning, reading comprehension
Abstract: WeBWorK, an online homework system, can be be used to deliver daily reading questions to students. The author studied its use for this purpose with a lower division Introduction to Programming course and an upper division Probability and Statistics course. In the lower division course, WeBWorK significantly improved peer instruction performance, and resulted in students spending on average 45% more time on reading their textbook. In the upper division course, WeBWorK had no effect. We discuss and conjecture explanations.
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