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WeBWorK3 Development Workshop – Thursday June 16, 2022

Title: WW3 development workshop

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.
    • Languages used in WeBWorK3 (perl, javascript/typescript, html, CSS/SCSS)
    • 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.
  • Next steps.

This will probably be at least two or three hours in length and be quite hands-on in getting everyone up and running. 

If in the past you haven’t wanted to dive into developing webwork because of needed to learn perl, all of the client-side (user interface) code uses javascript/typescript, vue and quasar, all are currently are among the standard ways of coding for the web. 

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 pstaab@fitchburgstate.edu for the connection information.

The WeBWorK Project announces non-profit status

The WeBWorK Project (TWP) is excited to announce that we have officially been established as a 501(3)(c) non-profit organization.  This brings our official classification in line with the underlying philosophy and goals of the Project, and opens up significant opportunities for our continued operation, development, and promotion of the WeBWorK open-source online homework system.  Thanks to Robin Cruz, past
president of TWP, for spearheading this work!  With our new characterization under the United States tax code, donations to TWP may be tax-deductible.

https://github.com/sponsors/openwebwork

New level badges and achievement icons for WeBWorK

Back in 2019 Andrew Parker and Marianna Bonanome received funding from Santander Bank via the City Tech Foundation to re-design the achievement images and create a leaderboard feature for WeBWorK. If you’d like to use the new badges, here they are!!

Just use them them to replace the images in your file manager –>/html–>/achievements.

Don’t forget to enable achievements by going to “Course Configuration”–>”Optional Modules” and set “Enable Course Achievements” to ‘True’.

Achievements

OPL Code Camp happening now! Join us!

So excited for the OPL Code Camp happening today 7/6/2021, through Friday 7/9. Here is the link. Please join us if you have a few free hours as we have tons of problems to vet!

Join Zoom Meeting
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Free math games to play with your students

From our colleague at the Borough of Manhattan Community College:

Dear Math faculty colleagues, 

I hope the end of your semester went well. I am a math professor at the Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York. I just finished an NSF grant in which we created three free math games that you might consider using in your class this summer or in the fall. They can be downloaded to PC or Mac, or to ipad/iphone. More information is available at https://mathgamesforstem.wordpress.com/

The games span in level from basic algebra through precalculus, and are a great way to breakup the class time in long summer classes and in co-requisite classes – you can take 20 to 30 minutes to have your students play the games in class and it really brightens the mood and gets students actively engaged. If you are in-person, students can bring their phones, tablets or laptops to class and share them (it’s more fun for two students to play together). If you are online using Zoom or other video conferencing, you can screen share your own game play and have them tell you what to play next! They can then play the games themselves at home and send screen shots of how far they got. If you are online asynchronous, they can post on the discussion board about which game they liked the most, including a screen shot of their favorite part. 

The games are highly exploratory and interactive and have many levels, for students of all abilities. One game helps with solving equations, from simple all the way to absolute value and quadratics. Another explores line shifts and slope, including trig functions at the highest levels, and the third shows how equations of lines can be used in context. The three games were developed for a summer bridge program, taking students from high school into community college. 

The website explains more of how to use the games, and has download links. I hope you enjoy playing the games with your students, and if you like, drop me a line about how it went! 

Finally, if you are working on a Math Education degree, you might consider studying the effect of these games in the classroom. I have some preliminary data, and would be happy to help anyone who is interested in doing more! 

Dr. Kathleen Offenholley

Professor of Mathematics

Borough of Manhattan Community College

City University of New York (CUNY)

Reminder: TWP Tea Time #3 today, 1-2 pm EST

Increasingly WeBWorK content is being created and implemented for Physics, Chemistry and Engineering courses. Our contributors have created a wealth of rich content. Please join Todd Ruskell (Physics Department, Colorado School of Mines), Agnes d’Entremont (Department of Applied Science and Mechanical Engineering, UBC), Jennifer Kirkey (BC Campus and Douglas College) and Steven Fiedler (Chemistry Department, Fitchburg State University) as they lead a discussion focused on next steps for creating, organizing, curating and sharing non-math WeBWorK content. So if you are looking for content, have content to share with the community, have thoughts about content organization and/or would like to volunteer to help out – this is your chance! We hope to see you there!

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EAMS 2021 Conference Registration/Abstract Submission now open!

Last year, some members of the WeBWorK community presented/attended the EAMS conference and it was a great experience! We encourage you to propose a talk and/or attend this year. Below is the information:

The fourth international conference on E-Assessment in Mathematical Sciences (EAMS) takes place between 21st June and 2nd July 2021. The conference brings together researchers and practitioners with an interest in e-assessment for mathematics and science. 

EAMS 2021 will again be an entirely online conference, following last year’s successful move to a fully virtual format. The conference will feature a mix of live sessions and web-based activities, with plenty of opportunity for discussion and collaboration. 

As many of us have spent much of the last year delivering teaching and assessment online, EAMS 2021 presents an opportunity to share best practice, for experts in the field to present the latest developments, and for those new to e-assessment to get hands-on with software. 

Live talks will take place over Zoom at 9am or 4pm BST (UTC +1) each day, with recordings available later. We hope that the online format and longer timescale will allow participants to engage more deeply with the material presented. 

The call for talk and workshop proposals is currently open. If you have some research or an innovative technique related to mathematical e-assessment that you would like to present, then please submit an abstract at eams.ncl.ac.uk/call-for-speakers.  

To attend the conference, please register for free at eams.ncl.ac.uk/register

CUNY-wide WW courses are ready to share!

The CUNY OER WeBWorK Fellows are pleased to share the following WeBWorK courses:

  1. Calculus I (aligned with Openstax)
  2. Calculus III (2 courses available, one aligned with Openstax and the other with Larson Calculus)
  3. College Algebra and Trigonometry (aligned with Openstax)
  4. Precalculus (aligned with Openstax)
  5. Introductory Statistics with Probability (aligned with Openstax)

If you would like any of the above courses, .tgz files are available. Please contact Marianna Bonanome (mbonanome@citytech.cuny.edu) or Andrew Parker (kparker@citytech.cuny.edu).

Visit their site for more information and to learn about WeBWorK courses and LibreTexts currently under development.