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This wiki is for instructors using WeBWorK on-line homework in their courses and for those working on the development of WeBWorK. Students using WeBWorK for their homework should not register on this site (unless they wish to help with writing development software). There is however some additional documentation for students which can be reached via the "Students" link below. The course instructor can give students the URL for their WeBWorK course. Usually this is a path to a server on their campus.

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WeBWorK is an open source Perl-based system for delivering individualized homework problems over the web. By providing students with immediate feedback as to the correctness of their answers, students are encouraged to make multiple attempts until they succeed. By individualizing problems, cheating is discouraged. By providing instructors with real-time statistics, lesson plans can be customized to better serve students. WeBWorK is partially supported by the DUE Division of NSF. (See: Grants, awards, and support.)


The documentation below is organized according to the types of questions that may arise. Note that passing the cursor over the icon will show additional information.

Part 1             Information for Students

The most general Page for Students contains a list of all topics relevant for students. Some special pages are listed below.

Logging into WeBWorK
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Mathematical notation recognized by WeBWorK
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Completing homework online

Part 2             Information for Instructors

The most general Page for Instructors contains a list of all topics relevant for instructors. These pages outline how to use WeBWorK on a day to day basis. Some special pages are listed below.

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Hosting WeBWorK courses on the MAA servers
Getting started
Homework Sets
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Gateway Tests and Quizzes
Course Management Scoring Sending Email

Part 3             Information for Administrators

The Administrator's Page contains a list of all topics relevant for administrators. Topics covered include installing, upgrading, and maintaining WeBWorK installations. Some special pages are listed below.

Getting started
Installation Manual for 2.4
Upgrading WeBWorK
Course Administration
LDAP Authentication
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Installing WeBWorK from a Live DVD
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Installing WeBWorK on Live USB

In case of problems consult Troubleshooting page.

Part 3             Information for Authors and Developers

The Authors page contains documents and examples on writing homework questions in WeBWorK's PG language.
The Developers page contains information for developers.

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Problem Authoring Background Information
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Tagging Problems
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Coding Standards
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Setting up a Development Server

Samples, objects, techniques and podcasts
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  • Assessment — Moodle course for WeBWorK assessment issues.
  • Accessibility — Moodle course for WeBWorK accessibility issues.

Download WeBWorK

The software which hosts WeBWorK on a Unix server is open source and freely available. The server can run on nearly any flavor of Unix. To access the server a student or instructor can use any modern web browser on any platform.

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