When: Thursday June 16th starting at 12pm (noon) EDT.
Virtually via Zoom.
A number of WeBWorK developers have been busy over the past year working on WeBWorK3, a complete redesign of the user interface and database engine of your favorite open-source online homework system. The approach is to build the new version from the ground up using modern web-development tools in order to overcome many of the limitations of the current software.
WeBWorK3 is still a long way from being ready to be used with students, but if you are interested in diving into seeing how it is being developed as well as some hands-on running of the development code, come check out this workshop.
Here’s what to expect:
An overview of webwork3 including:
The database, db interaction level, API web server, UI interface and how they function together.
Frameworks used in WeBWorK3 (mojolicious, DBIx::Class, vue, quasar)
Installing the development tools needed to run webwork3
Installing and running webwork3 in a development environment.
How to get involved in the project.
This will probably be at least two or three hours in length and be quite hands-on in getting everyone up and running.
This is not going to be a how-to on using webwork3, because everything is in development. We hope in the somewhat near future to have something to show to the general public.
If you are interested in attending this, please email email@example.com for the connection information.
The new version is already in use at multiple institutions. It can be obtained by checking out the WeBWorK-2.16 and PG-2.16 branches from GitHub. If you are installing from scratch, consult the installation manual. If you are upgrading an existing installation, consult the upgrade instructions.
You can get help from the community with installation or usage using the online forums. You can also look for us on Slack.
I have reviewed exams in WeBWorK for several years now. The process was very tedious. I opened a student’s exam in one browser window, the settings for that exam in another, and an email message in my email client for comments. To grade the exam I would need to check “CorrectAnswers” and click “Check Answers” for each problem, and determine if partial credit were needed, and then add a comment to the email. After completing that students exam, I would send the email, and then have to set up another student’s exam, settings, and email message.
I wanted something in WeBWorK that had everything on one page and the correct answers to just be there. So the idea for a new problem grader was born. I had seen a comments in the forums about the experiences of others in manually grading homework and exams in WeBWorK, and so I knew I wasn’t the only one that would like a tool of this type.
I talked to Michael Gage and told him about this idea. He liked the idea, and offered suggestions about things he would like to see in such a tool. So here it is for the WeBWorK community to enjoy!
We are super pleased to announce three TWP working meetings for Summer 2021.
WeBWorK Web Presence Virtual Working Meeting: June 14-16, 2021. The WeBWorK Project is hosting a virtual code camp to modernize and organize the web presence of WeBWorK. Programming skills are not required to participate, as much of the work will involve editing web pages in a number of simple formats.
OPL Code Camp: July 6-9, 2021. The WeBWorK Project is hosting a virtual code camp to expand the current OPL taxonomy to incorporate topics from the fields of Chemistry, Engineering, and Physics. Familiarity with coding problems is not required for participants, as our efforts will center on sorting and classifying existing problems.
PG Code Camp: July 20-22, 2021. The WeBWorK Project is hosting a virtual code camp to modernize and organize the PG code base which facilitates authoring of WeBWorK PG questions. Repairing and uniformizing the PG infrastructure and integrating tools for new technologies and ideas is long overdue.
Free NCSCE Webinar:Grassroots Histories and the Arts and Sciences
This Webinar will feature quick, high impact things we can do now in our current classes that will develop our students’ powers of visual, scientific and verbal expression. The idea driving this project is empowering our students to record from the grassroots level how the pandemic has affected their lives, to help themselves and others see and understand across cultural divides and to argue for social justice. The project starts modestly with teachers and faculty in courses across the curriculum offering students extra credit for creating their own Grassroots Histories. Our goal is to help students look at their everyday lives with the eyes of writers, visual artists, scientists and historians. The grassroots histories our students create may eventually become part of the historical narrative of our times.
Presenters: Frank Wattenberg (U.S. Military Academy (emeritus), Marianna Bonanome and Katherine Poirier (New York City College of Technology)
“To complement OER textbooks, we will discuss the development of the QUERY and ADAPT online assessment infrastructure. Underlying both technologies is the formative and summative applications of H5P, WeBWorK and IMathAS technologies that allow faculty to use online technologies as summative assessments to augment textbook (summatively), to embed into LMS or to be used as in-class clicker systems.”
The WeBWorK Project (TWP) seeks nominations for positions on its Executive Committee. People who have been active in promoting and using WeBWorK are encouraged to nominate similar individuals for open positions on the Board.
The Executive Committee of TWP consists of the following:
President-elect is to be selected this year. A person selected for this position with start serving immediately and will transition to President in 2022 and serve until 2024.
President is Robin Cruz. This remains the same until 2022 at which time she will transition to Past-President.
Community Manager is Marianna Bonanome. This remains the same until 2022.
Secretary is Tim Flowers. This remains the same until 2022.
Treasurer is to be selected this year and serves until 2023. Mike Gage currently serves in this position.
Technical Manager is to be selected this year and serves until 2023. Danny Glin currently serves in this position.
Marketing Director is Monica VanDieren. This is an appointed position and remains the same for a long time.
Past President is John Travis. I will rotate off the Executive Committee after the election of new officers.
So, we need nominations for President-Elect, Treasurer, and Technical Manager.
Please consider making nominations for any of these positions by sending an email to John Travis at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for making nominations is noon Friday, February 26, 2021.
Details on voting will be provided in this forum once the slate of nominees is complete.