Presentation on theme: "Online Math Assessment Using WAMAP"— Presentation transcript:
1 Online Math Assessment Using WAMAP David Lippman, Pierce CollegeWAMAP webmasterIMathAS lead developerTransition Math Project Summer Institute August 23, 2006
2 What is WAMAP / IMathAS IMathAS: Internet Math Assessment System Web-based math assessment engineAlgorithmically generated questionsComputer grading of numerical and math expression questions1500+ existing questions from arithmetic through calculusAccurate math and graph displayLight course management system featuresWAMAP: Washington Math Assessment & PlacementFree IMathAS web hosting for Washington schoolsFunded by TMP
3 Uses For Courses: Other: Homework Quizzes Tests Take-home tests Practice testsBeginning/end of quarter diagnosticsOther:Diagnostic assessmentsPlacement testing
4 Benefits Instant feedback Students can self-identify areas of weakness and do immediate additional practice or reviewEncourages students working together while discouraging cheating
7 Feedback“As we move to mandatory skills-based assessments for our below college-level courses, we will be able to easily administer, monitor, and assess how students are doing across the discipline and, if other schools participate, across multiple schools”-David WhittakerCascadia CC
8 Instructor Demo Create new course Add text item w/ math & graphs Add assessmentCategorizationGrade bookList StudentsCopy course itemsShift course dates
9 Comparisons Blackboard Blackboard contains more advanced course management features, but lacks user-friendly math and graph display, has limited ability to ask randomized questions, and cannot automatically grade math expression answers.iLrn, MyMathLab, etc.WAMAP’s assessment system is very similar to many of these systems, but does not include tutorials or links to textbook materials.WebassignWAMAP is very similar to Webassign, but is free, and (in my opinion) is a bit easier to write custom questions in. Webassign does include a much larger existing question set, but many of the questions are not randomized.
10 Primary Advantages Cost It’s free! Updates and improvements WAMAP is continually updated and improved based on user input, and is not locked to a vendor’s update cycle. The smaller user base also allows quicker response to problems and requests.CustomizationBecause WAMAP is open-source, it can be easily customized to meet your needs at a much lower cost than commercial solutions.
11 Want to use it? Log in to www.wamap.org Click on the “Information for Instructors” linkClick on the “New Instructor Account Request” and send in your info. Your account will be set up in a few days or less.Read the Getting Started in IMathAS guide to get familiar with the system.