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Paul Pearson, Hope College Math Department
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MAA PREP workshop on Problem Authoring in WeBWorK has started

Wed, 06/05/2013 - 13:38

The first online workshop for learning how to author WeBWorK problems was delivered by Davide Cervone (Union College), Gavin LaRose (University of Michigan), John Travis (Mississippi College) and me (Paul Pearson at Hope College) this past Monday. The first workshop covered Perl and PG and how to write a basic WeBWorK question. There will be three more online workshops during the month of June covering topics such as MathObjects, problem authoring techniques, including interactive features in problems, and other advanced authoring techniques. The workshop has 40+ participants and is very full.

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WeBWorK code camp at Ann Arbor

Wed, 06/05/2013 - 13:24

It was an intense and fun weekend for WeBWorK developers who attended the code camp at Ann Arbor this past weekend. I was mostly involved in the project to create a new WeBWorK model course for Ordinary Differential Equations. The people who helped me with editing and updating ODE’s questions from Miami University of Ohio were Barbara Margolius and Felipe Martins of Cleveland State University. Mahesh Agarwal of University of Michigan at Dearborn and Alina Duca of North Carolina State University worked on creating ODE’s problem sets with objectives (and pretty pictures!). I want to thank my ODE’s model course team for all of their help! With some luck and hard work, the ODE model course will be complete by the end of the summer. Also, if anyone is interested in helping create the ODE’s model course, please contact me (we could really use your help!). Also, Paul Seeburger of Monroe Community College worked on multivariable calculus questions that are multi-step problems (rather than just the final answer). He will submit these multivariable calculus questions to the WeBWorK Open Problem Library (WOPL) soon and I am hopeful that they will be incorporated into a model course soon.

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MAA PREP workshop “Authoring Effective Homework Problems With WeBWorK” approved

Wed, 10/03/2012 - 13:44

The workshop Authoring Effective Homework Problems with WeBWorK, for which I am one of four program directors, was approved by the MAA’s Professional Enhancement Program (PREP), which is partially funded by the NSF. Participants in this series of five online workshops during the month of June 2013 will develop the technical skills necessary to identify, edit, and create high-quality WeBWorK problems. If you are a faculty member interested in participating in this workshop series, please feel free to contact me with any questions. Participants are encouraged to register with interested colleagues in the same university or community. We will only be able to accommodate a limited number of participants, so early registration is encouraged. The other three program directors for this workshop series are Davide Cervone of Union College, Gavin LaRose of the University of Michigan, and John Travis of Mississippi College.

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Code camp (WeBWorK::Winona)

Sun, 08/05/2012 - 12:24

I’m attending WeBWorK::Winona code camp for WeBWorK developers from Aug. 5th to 8th. Aaron Wangberg, Alina Duca and I are working on performing statistical analyses of WeBWorK data and visualizing the results. During the code camp, I wrote code that generates a bar graph (in scalable vector graphics format) of some of the statistics on the WeBWorK stats page as a proof-of-concept. Future work in this direction will be to enhance the look and functionality of all of the homework statistics WeBWorK provides to students and teachers by creating a performance dashboard. This dashboard will have easy-to-understand graphs and tables and will provide professors with the real-time data analysis they need to make just-in-time teaching decisions. Independently, Alina Duca put together a model differential equations course from the DE’s problems that I authored during the past year (thanks, Alina!).

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