what we do at Rochester. We are a smaller operation with approximately
1000 students in 10 courses (20 total sections) per semester.
I handle most of the WEBWorK administrative tasks which include:
1. Renaming courses at the end of the semester so that we have a resord
of everything. Also at this time I export all problem sets which
creates set definition files so it's very easy for a new instructor to
use the same (or nearly the same) sets of homework problems.
2. I set up the new courses and also get electronic classlists from the
registrar and enter in all new students. I also build an initial
introductory set. Sometimes I enter in the TA's and othertimes I leave
this to the professors teaching the course.
3. I put a copy of the set definition files from the previous year in
the new course templates directory so if an instructor wants to be lazy
(most do) they can use the same problem used the previous year with
That's pretty much all I do. After the courses begins, almost all
prof's handle evrything themselves. A few need a little extra hand
holding. I rationalize that the above duties come under my duties as
In addition we hire undergraduate WeBWorK TA's for most courses. Their
duties vary from course to course, but usually they just answer
feedback email (which the prof's oversee).
All system admininstration stuff is handled by our departmental system's admin.
Maybe some larger places can comment on this. For example John Jones at
Arizona State runs a much larger shop with over 100 WeBWorK sections
per semester. Santa Barbara (John Doner) and Utah (Peter Alfeld) are
also places from which I might seek advice.
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