The WebAssign Story
Originally launched in 1997 as a project of North Carolina State University, and fully incorporated in 2003, Advanced Instructional Systems, Inc., dba WebAssign®, was founded by John Risley Ph.D., a physics education specialist and professor in the Department of Physics at North Carolina State University. It was Dr. Risley’s vision to provide faculty with the most robust tools and the widest selection of content to support their pedagogical goals, thereby fostering student success. Under his leadership, WebAssign became an employee-owned benefit company, with the stated benefit of education. Dr. Risley passed away in April 2013, but his passion for using technology to connect students and teachers lives on in everything we do.
In 2016, WebAssign was acquired by Cengage, one of the largest education and technology companies worldwide. The acquisition builds on a long history of partnership between both parties and creates a powerful solution for STEM education.
WebAssign, is a flexible and fully customizable online instructional solution that puts powerful tools in the hands of teachers, enabling them to deploy assignments, instantly assess individual student performance, and realize their teaching goals.
We are proud of our differentiated approach to improving the teaching and learning experience through an intelligent combination of technology, educational expertise, and superior customer service that provides teachers and students with smart online tools for measured learning.
Adopted by all major academic publishers, integrated with more than 1000 textbooks, and enhanced with a robust selection of independently developed original content, WebAssign is easily accessible and widely used by faculty to enrich the teaching and learning experience.
More than one million students at over 2,600 educational institutions use WebAssign each year. Since our launch, we have delivered more than 1.9 billion questions to students in the form of homework, tests, and practice problems and are honored to be a small part of so many students’ academic careers.