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Open Education: Homework Software

A "getting started" guide overviewing open, editable, and lower-cost textbooks and open teaching & learning resources for faculty, students, and librarians.

WeBWorK Introductory Workshop for VT Faculty and GTAs

On May 13th, 2024, Virginia Tech Faculty and Graduate Teaching Assistants were invited to: 

Introduction to WeBWorK for Faculty and GTAs | Register here | Download event flyer 
WebWorK is a Canvas-integrated open-source online system for delivering and grading custom homework assignments in STEM courses. It has similar features to commercial products like WebAssign, MyLab, and MasteringPhysics, but has no cost for students. 

This is a one-day workshop for Virginia Tech faculty, instructors, and GTAs who want to learn more about how to get started using WebWork in their classes. The morning session covers class management (rosters, checking grades, granting extensions, etc.) in WeBWork, while the afternoon session builds on the morning and covers problem authoring and editing problems from the Open Problem Library (OPL). The OPL is a bank of over 30,000 community-contributed problems. Problems may be authored using Perl but programming expertise is not a requirement to edit problems.

About the WeBWorK pilot project at VT: Our goals are to provide an alternative assessment environment for faculty, remove homework access code fees for students, and to reduce the overall cost of textbooks and other course materials by enabling students to use older editions of textbooks and enabling faculty to adopt open educational resources or open textbooks. 

The three-year pilot is funded by the University Libraries’ Open Education Initiative (OEI) and the Undergraduate Academic Affairs. Math and Statistics faculty have been involved so far. In this second pilot year we are broadening the pilot to include additional disciplines. 

Click here to view the WeBWorK interface and sample questions (press "guest login")

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About Open Homework Systems

Please note: This is an extremely incomplete list of homework solutions.

Homework software options which do not require authentication (e.g. are anonymous) are more freely available than those that pass student data back or integrate with an online gradebook. These options tend to focus on practice problems or self-testing rather than collection of data regarding individual students' performance.

Recorded presentations

Selected open homework systems

Assessment Integrations and PlugIns