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WebAssign GraphPad


Every semester, online homework systems get a little better. This fall, WebAssign rolled out a new feature called GraphPad. Using GraphPad, students can submit graphed solutions for grading, including lines, parabolas, circles, systems, and inequalities. Some of my recent time has been spent making some student tutorials for WebAssign that show students how to use these new features. Now that the tutorial videos are complete, I’ve loaded them into YouTube for all to use. You should be able to embed the video tutorials in your learning management system (Angel, Blackboard, Moodle, etc.) using the embed code from YouTube. Alternately, you can play the tutorials directly from the WebAssign website (which will give a clearer video image).

Graphing Lines with WebAssign GraphPad
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Graphing Parabolas with WebAssign GraphPad
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Graphing Inequalities with WebAssign GraphPad
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Graphing Circles with WebAssign GraphPad
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Graphing Systems with WebAssign GraphPad
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Online Homework: WebAssign


Here’s this afternoon’s presentation about Online Homework Systems and WebAssign for the panel discussion at MathFest 2008 in Madison, Wisonsin.


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Being a Student in WebAssign


Here are two videos I made for my students, but if you’re curious about WebAssign, and you’d like to see what it’s like to do assignments or participate on Message Forums, these should help you get a better picture.

An Orientation to WebAssign Homework

Using the WebAssign Message Boards

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Creating an Assignment in WebAssign


This feels like “WebAssign Week” here at the the technology blog, but I’m getting all my courses set up and it seems like a good way to pass along the information about the technology to anyone who might need it.

Also, I’m here in San Diego doing WebAssign demos this weekend, so it’s on my mind.

Here’s another video for instructors – how to create a new assignment. I can create an assignment in about 3 minutes, but the video runs a little longer so that I can explain the various features.

Creating an Assignment in WebAssign

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Propogating Assignments in WebAssign


The second video in the series. If you’ve already been using WebAssign, and now you’re building courses for a new semester, you may want to propogate all those assignments into the new course for this semester.

Alternatively, you may have created a Master Course with all the assignments and have your TA’s or instructors propogate assignments from the Master Course into their individual courses.

This is a 7-minute video.

How to Propogate your WebAssign Assignments into a New Course

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Creating a New Course in WebAssign


This week I’m prepping all of my online courses for the start of the semester next week. I’m recording many of the procedures as I go to help you if you’re new to using WebAssign as your online homework platform, or it’s something you’re considering.

Here’s the first in the series, a short 4-minute video on creating a new course in WebAssign.

Creating a New Course in WebAssign

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WebAssign Graphing Tool (beta)


WebAssign is working on a new graphing tool where students could draw their graph and it would be automatically graded. This is available on their website on the “Coming Soon” page. There is also a version of the Pencil Pad (a drawing tool) on this page.

Although neither of these is available to use inside WebAssign right now, your students could use them right now for drawing graphs and diagrams if they just use the PrtScn button to create an image and save the image in some document. OR…they could use Jing to capture the image and then just send you the URL or use the URL on a message board.

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Merry Christmas (a little early)… check out Jing!


Wow! I’m speechless! My hands are quiet on the keyboard… where to begin here?

The Jing Project is a piece of software developed by TechSmith (makers of SnagIt and Camtasia). Right now it’s free… that’s right, FREE.

It works on PCs AND Macs.

It allows the user to capture an image or video of the screen (your choice of how big, where on the screen, or which windows). Jing loads the material to the Internet and then assigns it a URL (pasting it in your clipboard). You can then use the URL in an email, IM, or blog to send the reader right to the image or video file on the web. Here’s an example of a math image and a math video that were recorded with Jing.

It’s not as sophisticated as Camtasia or SnagIt, BUT… it’s free, it’s simple, and it doesn’t require you to have any server space of your own… so … drumroll please… students could use it! Merry Christmas!

Of course, you can use it too… but do keep in mind that there’s no sound. Addendum: There is sound!!! Plug in your microphone and it will record that too!

I can use it in message boards that are text based (like on WebAssign) to insert images and video files… or at least the links to images and video files that might help answer the math question. I could video myself working through a short problem in MathType, or draw an image to accompany an application problem.

If a student is encountering a strange error in the online platform, they could record a video of their encounter and send me the link.

Instead of posting large image files in the digital drop box, they could just send the link to an image…

AND this just solved my LineRider problem too! I like to have the students who are studying slope create a linerider video with certain slope properties, but it was difficult to figure out how to record the videos… not now! They can use Jing to record the playing LineRider video, and then just send me the link in a message or email. Woohoo!

Now, someone ask “what’s LineRider”… and I’ll make my next post about that!

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