Enhanced WebAssign

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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Q&A with the Author of Physics for Scientists and Engineers: Foundations and Connections

We speak with Debora Katz, United States Naval Academy, and author of Physics for Scientists and Engineers: Foundations and Connections.

Debora Katz has a PhD from the University of Minnesota, where she won a fellowship that included training by well-known figures in physics education research (PER). Today, she is a professor of physics at the United States Naval Academy, where she teaches not just physics majors, but students with a diverse set of abilities, interests, learning styles, and preconceptions. To engage her students in the process of learning physics, she uses many PER techniques.
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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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Enhanced WebAssign® Helps Skilled Paramedic “Ace” Math

Samantha Golovner, a part-time student at Cleveland Community College in North Carolina, works full-time, putting in 24-hour shifts as a paramedic, and fits in school, studying, fitness, and a social life on the other days of the week. Most of her classes are online, which makes her life a bit easier because she can attend to her coursework whenever her schedule allows. Samantha is pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Nursing, and plans to get a Bachelor’s degree in the medical field on the way to a career as a nurse or physician’s assistant. As an experienced paramedic, she Read More…

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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Active Learning and Calculus: Just Like Riding a Bike

Guest Contributor: Kimberly Benien, Wharton County Junior College (Richmond, TX).   Do you remember the first time you rode a bike? Did you read a book to learn how to balance on the bike? Did you watch someone else ride the bike? One would never think that learning to ride a bike would begin by reading a book. Nor would one believe that they could learn to ride a bike by just watching someone. I remember my father instructing me, guiding me, and then running alongside, holding on to the back of the bike seat while I tried and Read More…

The Velocity of Learning: Differentiating With Respect to Time

Guest Contributor: Daniel Roddin, Minnesota School of Business, Elk River Campus.
When people ask me what I do for a living, I tell them I am a teacher, which usually elicits a response of interest and admiration. Then comes the follow up question, “What do you teach?” to which I respond, “Math.” At this point any interest and admiration is usually quickly replaced with repugnance and repulsion which is quite evident by the contorted expression that is now present on their face. Sadly, this is a quite common reaction when it comes to people’s opinion Read More…

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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Calculus Students Embrace Enhanced WebAssign® — and Ask for More

Perri Larson teaches College Algebra and Calculus at Palomar College in California’s San Diego County, where she has been using Enhanced WebAssign (EWA) in Calculus since the fall of 2012. Perri was introduced to EWA at a webinar, where she learned (and liked) that students could link to video explanations of concepts from the eBook version of her text, Stewart’s Calculus. She also wanted to motivate more of her students to complete their out-of-class assignments, so she decided to test out Enhanced WebAssign, too. In this success story, you’ll read how Enhanced WebAssign has led to increased student engagement in Larson’s Read More…