have a lot of new people teaching WeBWorK sections here and as a
result, new suggestions coming in. I thought I would bring them up to
see if people liked them or had other opinions on them.
- Add one more date for problem sets in addition to open, closed, and
answer. It would be the "visible" date. Until then, the set is only
listed for professors and TAs (with status as "invisible"), but not for
students. After that date, things are as before. It can default to
1/1/2000 so that people who don't use it get the current behavior. It
accomodates people who like to build a set, and make adjustments prior
to there being any indication to the students that the set is there.
- Along similar lines, we have faculty who build our
standard sets with open dates far in the future. They make adjustments,
and then change the open/due/answer dates to their real values. With
this mode of operation, students who are added to the course always
have to have their dates changed. The suggestion is: when changing
dates for the whole class, you have a checkbox giving the instructor
the option to make this the new default dates (in which case it modifies the set definition file).
- We have blind students taking courses now, and disabled
resources wasn't satisfied with how hard/easy it was for them to
understand what was on screen. They can get hard copy converted to
Braille, but it takes time and the university didn't want to convert
different versions for each student. The solution we came up with was
to use a fixed seed for all of their problems so that the university
can convert just one set (like doing a textbook conversion). I added a
checkbox to the screen where you change data for an individual student
to give them these special seed values. I don't know if this kind of
thing would be of interest to others.
Let me know what people think.
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