Using Online Homework to Assist Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education Nicole Engelke, West Virginia University Gulden Karakok, University of Northern Colorado Aaron Wangberg, Winona State University 2012 MAA MathFest Panel August 3, 2012
Potential as a research tool … • Free, Open Source • 25,000+ problems • Designed by mathematicians • randomization • Answer Form and Checkers • LaTeX, Graphs, Data • http://webwork.maa.org/
Assess Student Strengths and Weaknesses Course Grade Post-Score
Potential as a research tool … Course Grade vs. Ability .
Capture How they solve the problem • Tons of Quantitative Information • How about Qualitative Information? Open Source!
Assist with Classroom Research • What are some characteristics of students’ understanding of concepts? • What kind of “actions” students take when they know their answers are incorrect? • How can these “actions” be improved towards understanding of the concepts using the technology in class and in the wild?
RUME WeBWorK Working Group • SIGMAA-RUME Conference 2012: http://sigmaa.maa.org/rume/crume2012 2013: Denver, Colorado Contact Information: • Nicole Engelke, firstname.lastname@example.org • Gulden Karakok, email@example.com • Aaron Wangberg, firstname.lastname@example.org