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Spring 2009 Newsletter

President & CEO of WebAssign

President's Perspective

I know, as a former physics professor and the president of WebAssign, that the budget cuts schools and universities are facing today are unlike anything that I have ever experienced. At WebAssign, we are keenly aware of the financial impact.


Unprecedented budget cuts are resulting in fewer teaching assistants and less resources. Positions are being cut, so instructors are required to teach more with less. Students are having trouble getting student loans and student part-time jobs have dried up. IT departments are cutting support for course management systems.


WebAssign can help instructors do more when they suddenly have less resources. Automated features in WebAssign eliminate administrative tasks such as grading, so fewer graders are needed. Large enrollment features make it easy for one person to administer many sections. One person using WebAssign can answer student questions that normally are asked during office hours or in tutorial centers.


Our relationships with textbook publishers let us offer eBooks and other learning resources to students that are less expensive than printed textbooks. So, students save money.


We have a large selection of open-source questions that instructors can use for homework, quizzes, and tests for free.


Universities are realizing the cost benefit of using WebAssign for placement and diagnostic tests.


As IT support vanishes for course management systems, WebAssign's features can be utilized at no additional cost.


Finally, WebAssign understands that during this economic crisis many students are having trouble getting financial aid. We will work with students who have encountered financial aid obstacles and help them gain access to WebAssign.


WebAssign is committed to helping instructors adapt to this economic downturn. If you have questions or suggestions, please contact us at info@webassign.net.


John Risley, President


Texas A&M University

In TAMU's mathematics department, over 4,000 students use WebAssign for their math homework assignments. The department's instructors and students are discovering that the powerful homework and grading system is easy to use, provides instant feedback, and quickly assesses student and class performance.


The Department of Mathematics began using WebAssign in 2007. Today, the department uses WebAssign to administer online homework for most of its core math courses.


Jennifer Whitfield is a Senior Lecturer and Online Homework Coordinator in the Department of Mathematics at Texas A&M University. She explains how WebAssign produced positive results in her department:


Jennifer Whitfield

The university has also been using WebAssign for many of its statistics classes (since 2002) and its engineering calculus courses. It plans to use WebAssign for all of its core math courses starting this fall.


Texas A&M University is a great example of how WebAssign can be successfully implemented into the university classroom.



New Textbooks for Spring 2009


Physics

Cutnell and Johnson, Physics 8e

Giambattista, Richardson, and Richardson, College Physics 3e

Giambattista, Richardson, and Richardson, Physics 2e

Giancoli, Physics for Scientists and Engineers 4e

Giordano, College Physics: Reasoning and Relationships 1e

Glencoe, Physics: Principles and Problems 2009e

Knight, Physics for Scientists and Engineers 2e

Tipler and Mosca, Physics for Scientists and Engineers 6e

Walker, Physics 4e

Website Redesign

New Website

A fresh, new WebAssign site is in progress. The site is being re-created from the ground up.

New imagery and styling will convey WebAssign's modern, academic approach to learning. The descriptions will provide a vibrant picture of WebAssign's rich feature set. Reorganized navigation will guide visitors to the information that they seek.

Best of all, three new sections will support each unique user group. Faculty, students, and technical administrators will have their own support areas with information and resources that specifically address their unique needs.

Also In Development...

Chemistry Sketch

We have a lot of new features and enhancements in development for chemistry. Chemistry students will be able to draw chemical structures and Lewis-dot diagrams that will be automatically graded. Stay tuned to future newsletters for more developments.

2009 WebAssign Users Group (WAUG)

We are planning a WebAssign Users Group (WAUG) on the NCSU campus in Raleigh this summer on Friday June 26, 2009. The one day event will be your chance to meet with developers, ask questions, offer suggestions, and learn about new features. Look for more details in the next newsletter and on our Website.

Online Help

January 2009 marked the debut of WebAssign online help. Separate help systems are available for instructors and for students. Users can easily search the help files, navigate the contents, and click on hyperlinks to jump to related topics. The files are being continuously expanded to include more topics.

The Search Feature

The Search feature provides a quick way for you to see your student's scores in any of your classes that the student was enrolled in.


Simply click Search near the top of the page, enter the student's name in the text box, select the Student option button, and click Go. The Short Format option, which searches through all of the current classes, is selected by default. The Full search option would include your current and past classes.


The results page displays the student's classes. From there you can click Scores to see grades, responses, and more.

William Flannery

Math Coder


Virginia Hughes

Account Manager/Training Specialist


Darlene Janulis

Customer Service Training Specialist


Trevor Little

Application Developer


Marilyn McCollum

Editorial-Math Content Editor


Cynthia Nelson

Account Manager/Training Specialist


Alexis Smith

Math Coder

Math

Berresford, Applied Calculus 5e

Berresford, Brief Calculus 5e

Crauder, Functions and Change: A Modeling Approach to College Algebra 4e

Drost, Quick Prep for Calculus 1e

Gustafson, Frisk, and Hughes, College Algebra 10e

Harshbarger, Math Applications 9e

Kaufmann and Schwitters, Intermediate Algebra 1e

Kaufmann and Schwitters, Beginning Algebra 1e

Larson, Calculus 9e

Larson, Elementary Algebra 5e

Larson, Intermediate Algebra 5e

Larson, Elementary and Intermediate Algebra 5e

Larson, College Algebra and Calculus: An Applied Approach 1e

McKeague, Beginning Algebra 8e

McKeague, Intermediate Algebra 8e

McKeague, Prealgebra 6e

McKeague, Basic Mathematics 7e

Sonnabend, Mathematics for Teachers: An Interactive Approach for Grades K-8 4e

Stewart, Calculus: Concepts and Contexts 4e


Statistics

Brase, Brief Statistics 5e

Gravetter, Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 8e

Pagano, Understanding Statistics in the Behavioral Sciences 9e

Pfenning, Statistics: Looking at the Big Picture 1e

Rice, Mathematical Statistics and Data Analysis 3e


Chemistry

Glencoe, Chemistry: Matter and Change 2008e

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