Here is the schedule and abstracts for the WeBWorK Session at MathFest. The
session will take place on Saturday, August 12, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. We expect to
have our semi-annual WeBWorK Happy Hour and dinner on Friday evening. Keep an
eye out at the meeting for the location and exact time. For general information
on MathFest see
and for specific questions related to this session email Mike Gage
firstname.lastname@example.org and/or Arnie Pizer email@example.com
1:00 - 1:20 A. Pizer Introduction to WeBWorK
1:25 - 1:45 K. Clark & T. Hagedorn Using Webwork with Linear Algebra ATLAST Problems
1:50 - 2:10 G. LaRose Using WeBWorK for Quizzes and Tests
2:15 - 2:35 J. Jones The National Problem Library
2:40 - 3:00 D. Cervone The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Writing Problems Using
WeBWorK's New Parser
3:05 - 3:25 W. Wheeler Integrating Streaming Video Instruction into WeBWorK Homework Problems
3:30 - 4:00 V. Roth Question & Answer Session
Introduction to WeBWorK
Arnold Pizer, University of Rochester
Saturday, August 12, 1:00 - 1:20
We will present a brief introduction to WeBWorK aimed at people unfamiliar with
the system. WeBWorK is a program which allows students to do their mathematical
homework interactively over the web. It is currently being used by over 100
colleges, universities and high schools in courses such as college algebra, pre-
calculus to vector calculus, differential equations, linear algebra and
statistics. WeBWorK can handle most homework problems typically used in such
courses and is distributed with an extensive library of problems.
Using Webwork with Linear Algebra ATLAST Problems
Karen Clark, The College of New Jersey
Thomas Hagedorn, The College of New Jersey
Saturday, August 12, 1:25 - 1:45
We have incorporated a series of problems from the ATLAST collection into
webwork. These problems are used in a lab setting where students use
MATLAB to work on applied linear algebra problems. The computer modules
allow students to better understand the connection between the theory of
Linear Algebra and it uses.
Using WeBWorK for Quizzes and Tests
Gavin LaRose, University of Michigan
Saturday, August 12, 1:50 - 2:10
While WeBWorK was originally developed as a homework delivery system, it now
includes a "GatewayQuiz" module that allows its use to administer quizzes or
tests. These can require a proctor or not, may enforce a time limit and may
include questions that are taken from a list of options. In this panel
presentation, will discuss how the GatewayQuiz module fits into the WeBWorK
homework system, and different ways in which such quizzes or tests may be used.
The National Problem Library
John Jones, Arizona State University
Saturday, August 12, 2:15 - 2:35
We will discuss the National Problem Library, including what it is, how to
obtain a copy of it, how to install it, how bugs are handled, and how to update
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Writing Problems Using
WeBWorK's New Parser
Davide Cervone, Union College
Saturday, August 12, 2:40 - 3:00
WeBWorK 2 includes a new mathematical parser that has native support
for a wider range of objects, such as points, vectors, matrices,
intervals, unions and arbitrary lists. These are available not just
in student answers, but within the body of the problem as well, and
this allows for greater flexibility in writing problems than ever
before. In this talk, we will discuss some of the problem-writing
methods that the new parser makes possible, and compare them to the
traditional approaches, when possible.
Integrating Streaming Video Instruction into WeBWorK Homework Problems
William Wheeler, Indiana University
Saturday, August 12, 3:05 - 3:25
WeBWorK has long provided a facility for incorporating hints into WeBWorK problems.
This is a valuable method for incorporating instruction into WeBWorK
at the point in time when students are most open to it, namely, when they are
they are struggling to solve a challenging homework problem.
However, when the challenge concerns a theoretical matter
or an algorithmic process, a textual hint may not be an adequate replacement
for the individual tutoring that the students need.
A decade ago, with funding from the Lilly Endowment, the Mathematics Department
at Indiana Unversity, produced a late night, call-in, campus-cable mathematics show -
The Finite Show - as a method to provide tutorial instruction on
assigned homework problems in the freshman Finite Mathematics course, which
has an enrollment of approximately 5,000 students each year. The program
was very popular with students and improved their learning. But the high
production costs precluded the continuation of live shows after the
end of the Lilly grant. Instead, The Finite Show
went into reruns of the video-taped highlights. However, after several years,
even these became impractical due to costs and the deterioration of
the video tapes. Because of the instructional value of these
video tutorials, they were converted into Real-Player streaming videos. WeBWorK
versions of the video-taped homework problems were created, and links
to the streaming videos were incorporated into the WeBWorK problems
so that students could watch real-time solutions of generic versions
of the problems that they couldn't solve on their own.
These streaming video solutions have proved to be both very popular with students
and highly productive instructional tools.
Because of the instructional value of these streaming videos, there has been
a desire to create comparable videos for other courses, especially a high enrollment business
calculus course, based on the Applied Calculus textbook by
Hughes-Hallet et al . But repeating the grant-funded process
of an actual television series is not an option.
Instead, following the lead of the Prof. Carl Wassgren of Purdue University's Mechanical Engineering Department,
we have found that one can use a Tablet PC equipped with TechSmith's
Camtasia Studio video-capture software to produce short, narrated, streaming video solutions
of generic versions of WeBWorK problems, which can be linked into the text
of WeBWorK problems. These videos provide real-time tutorials to help students
learn the theory and processes required to solve homework problems.
This talk will provide a demonstration of these tutorials and their production.
Question & Answer Session
Vicki Roth, University of Rochester
Saturday, August 12, 3:30 - 4:00
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