Mathematics

Top Two Tools for Making Learning Visible in Enhanced WebAssign

Contributor: Michael Lafreniere, Ohio University-Chillicothe. Student learning can be assessed, but how do we make visible the learning process so as to ensure that student learning is aligned with our mathematical learning objectives as they pertain to conceptual understanding? This alignment (or fidelity) of student learning can be addressed with terms such as cognitive fidelity and mathematical fidelity. • Cognitive fidelity is seeing accurately what thoughts, concepts, and connections occur in the mind. • Mathematical fidelity is a tool’s ability to represent mathematics accurately (symbolically, graphically, etc.). Enhanced WebAssign is a digital assessment tool equipped with the characteristics to make student learning Read More…


Never Assume What a Student Knows: Three Tips to Support Mastery Development

Contributor: Kimberly Benien, Wharton County Junior College (Wharton, Texas). I trusted, I thought, I assumed. For years, I would review student test scores on exams and when they were scoring 80% or above, I believed they understood the material. Next I would look more closely at the problems missed, whether students completed the review, and with what they may have struggled. Then for each student I would look more closely at their homework and whether or not they utilized the practice assignments. I was always hoping to find some correlation between what they had done on previous assignments Read More…


The Testing Effect: Changing Student Behavior with Enhanced WebAssign®

Contributor: Rochelle Beatty, Program Manager, TeamUP Peer-to-Peer Faculty Development. Have you ever taken the time to compare the results of your first test to the final grades in your course? If so, you probably noticed a correlation between passing the first exam and passing the course or even persisting until the end of the semester. I remember my mentor explaining this phenomenon to me during my first year teaching college (25+ years ago) and over the years I have realized, she was correct. In fact, we noticed that only about 40% of our students were successful in passing Read More…


Students Speak Out About Enhanced WebAssign

Recently, 495 students from 114 schools across the United States shared their thoughts on Enhanced WebAssign. See what they had to say about its ability to help them more readily grasp course concepts, stay on track with the course, earn a better grade, and more. They also share their opinions on other benefits of Enhanced WebAssign, such as immediate feedback, ease of use, study resources, and other features relevant to their success in the class.

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Academic Benefits of Requiring Enhanced WebAssign

Contributor: Willem Wallinga, Fisher College (Boston, MA).

Since 2012, Enhanced WebAssign has been a required component for every mathematics course at Fisher College in Boston, MA. During this time, I have directly observed the academic benefits at every level, from Pre-Algebra to Multivariable Calculus. In this article, I will summarize a few of the benefits that make teaching and learning mathematics with Enhanced WebAssign a superior experience over traditional methods.
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Enhanced WebAssign Helps Intimidated Student Get Excited about Math

A few years ago, Columbus State University graduate Danielle Washington wouldn’t have said that she liked math. In fact, she’d have said just the opposite. But thanks to a positive experience at the Georgia institution, made possible by a relevant course, a dedicated instructor, and a full-featured online learning tool — Enhanced WebAssign (EWA) — Danielle made a 180-degree turn in her attitude.

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For James Stewart, Teaching Math is a Life-Long Inspiration

In Memory Yesterday we lost an inspirational educator, respected author, trusted partner, and friend. Last night we learned that on Wednesday, December 3 at 9:30 am ET, Jim passed away peacefully surrounded by family at his home in Toronto, Canada. Read the official media release.   There’s something to be said for hard work. In the last forty-plus years since two of his students at McMaster University suggested he write his own calculus book, world-renowned author and mathematician James Stewart has basically never stopped writing. Having essentially devoted his life to mathematics, Jim has published over seventy textbooks, releasing Read More…


Enhanced WebAssign Alleviates Math Phobia in Returning Student

Amanda Whitworth is a full-time student and part-time history tutor at Columbus State University in Georgia. Having been out of school for seventeen years before returning to college, Amanda was particularly anxious about taking mathematics.

Although the Mathematical Modeling course had an instructor who presented concepts and offered guidance, all homework, review materials, and tests were in Enhanced WebAssign. The online resource immediately alleviated Amanda’s anxiety. EWA was particularly helpful because she could go back, review, and do problems as many times as she wanted. What’s more, many of the Enhanced WebAssign problems were word problems, which Amanda says fostered development of critical thinking and helped her see how math can be used and applied every day.

In addition to overcoming her anxiety, Amanda received a grade that helped her GPA. What’s more: over a year later, she took an Economics course, and realized that she had retained the skills she’d learned in that previous mathematics course.

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Study Shows Students Using EWA for Calculus Outperform their Peers

This peer-reviewed study examines the impact of using Enhanced WebAssign® (EWA) on student knowledge and skills in Calculus I courses.

MarketingWorks and SEG Measurement, two independent research firms, conducted a comprehensive study of EWA’s effectiveness in the spring of 2014 using an array of qualitative and quantitative methods. The primary goal of the study was to determine the extent to which EWA users improved their calculus knowledge and skills more than a control group of students who used the same textbooks and other technology supports but not EWA. Further, the study investigated faculty and student perceptions of EWA.
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Math Doesn’t Change Much… But Teaching It Does!

Contributor: Yvette Hassakoursian, Glendale Community College (Glendale, California).
Although the content of math courses has not changed much over the past few decades, methods of teaching and delivery of material have. The era of lecture and group work is now more extensive and includes many different models. The introduction of technology has welcomed a more dynamic style of teaching, and Enhanced WebAssign (EWA) has taken those prototypes and expanded them even further.
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