WebWork: An exploration in implementing an online homework system
by Dr Thomas Wong
Abstract: Finding the right balance when designing homework assignments is a constant struggle for any lecturer. Assignments and the feedback students receive from them are often the key medium where students can gauge their level of competency with the material. Thus, it is important for assignments to cover the required depth and breadth of knowledge that we expect from students during various stages of the course. It is also equally important to provide quality and timely feedback on those assignments.
I will explore the idea and feasibility of using an online homework system (WebWork) to complement the existing assignment system. WebWork has been used to partially automate assignments in pre-calculus, algebra, single and multivariable calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, discrete mathematics, probability, statistics, and complex analysis.