School Seminars and Colloquia

WebWork: An exploration in implementing an online homework system

Learning and Teaching Seminars

by Dr Thomas Wong


Institution: School of Mathematics and Statistics, The University of Melbourne
Date: Tue 5th September 2017
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: Russell Love Theatre, Peter Hall Building, Parkville Campus

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.