I have tried ot follow the instruction for installing the CAPA Physics problem library but find the description of how to edit the Global Configuration file (global.conf) inadequate.
My question is how do I make these file based problem libraries available for teachers to draw from when building assignment sets?
The above contains explicit instructions on setting up regular libraries. Unfortunately the CAPA library requires some additional steps which I don't know off the top of my head. I'll try to figure these out and write them down here if not in the general install directions. But it may be a little while before I get to it.
My employeer (a math textbooks company, specializing in material for high school and community colleges) has had me working for a while on a rethink of webwork, focusing more on those particular educational levels, and sacrificing the power needed for high-level collegiate mathematics to simplify the user interface for students and teachers, and make the whole system easier to administrate for part-time self-taught sysadmins.
It's still got a ways to go before being suitable for production use, but if it sounds intriguing to you, I'd appreciate hearing a bit more about your specific situation. You can send me emails at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyways, I don't want to discourage anyone away from using webwork (it's a great system), so I hope we can be of use with your current problems. I just couldn't resist the chance to plug. ;): http://xyztextbooks.github.com/fourU/
What I would like to see, as a teacher, is a user friendly graphical interface application that would simplify writing problems. I haven't actually written any problems but it appears challenging and technical.
THis is not a user interface to authoring, but rather a new language for describing a problem. (Actually it just sits on top of the current PG, and would be available within a BEGIN_PGML/END_PGML block, much like the BEGIN_TEXT/END_TEXT block).
The idea was to try to remove most of the programming and give a more natural way of laying out a problem. The layout is based on Markdown (one of the Wiki formatting languages), plus some extensions for WeBWorK things like answer blanks and so on. The answers are more intimately tied to the blanks in PGML. See the examples in the first problem at the link above.
Anyway, it is not exactly what you are asking for, but is moving toward a simpler authoring method.