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Online Math Assessment Using WAMAP David Lippman, Pierce College WAMAP webmaster IMathAS lead developer Transition Math Project Summer Institute August.

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1 Online Math Assessment Using WAMAP David Lippman, Pierce College WAMAP webmaster IMathAS lead developer Transition Math Project Summer Institute August 23, 2006

2 What is WAMAP / IMathAS IMathAS: Internet Math Assessment System Web-based math assessment engine Web-based math assessment engine Algorithmically generated questions Algorithmically generated questions Computer grading of numerical and math expression questions Computer grading of numerical and math expression questions 1500+ existing questions from arithmetic through calculus 1500+ existing questions from arithmetic through calculus Accurate math and graph display Accurate math and graph display Light course management system features Light course management system features WAMAP: Washington Math Assessment & Placement Free IMathAS web hosting for Washington schools Free IMathAS web hosting for Washington schools Funded by TMP Funded by TMP

3 Uses For Courses: Homework Homework Quizzes Quizzes Tests Tests Take-home tests Take-home tests Practice tests Practice tests Beginning/end of quarter diagnostics Beginning/end of quarter diagnosticsOther: Diagnostic assessments Diagnostic assessments Placement testing Placement testing

4 Benefits Instant feedback Instant feedback Students can self-identify areas of weakness and do immediate additional practice or review Students can self-identify areas of weakness and do immediate additional practice or review Encourages students working together while discouraging cheating Encourages students working together while discouraging cheating

5 Student Demo www.wamap.org Username: demo Password: demo Registration Registration Enrollment Enrollment Forums Forums Take Test Take Test Question Types Question Types

6 Diagnostic & Placement Customizations Pierce Diagnostic login Pierce Diagnostic loginwww.pierce.ctc.edu/dlippman/diag Pierce Placement login Pierce Placement loginwww.pierce.ctc.edu/dlippman/imathas/placement/placement.php

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 Whittaker Cascadia CC Cascadia CC

8 Instructor Demo Create new course Create new course Add text item w/ math & graphs Add text item w/ math & graphs Add assessment Add assessment Categorization Categorization Grade book Grade book List Students List Students Copy course items Copy course items Shift course dates Shift course dates

9 Comparisons Blackboard 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. iLrn, MyMathLab, etc. WAMAPs assessment system is very similar to many of these systems, but does not include tutorials or links to textbook materials. Webassign Webassign WAMAP 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 Cost Its free! Updates and improvements Updates and improvements WAMAP is continually updated and improved based on user input, and is not locked to a vendors update cycle. The smaller user base also allows quicker response to problems and requests. Customization Customization Because 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 Log in to www.wamap.orgwww.wamap.org Click on the Information for Instructors link Click on the Information for Instructors link Click on the New Instructor Account Request and send in your info. Your account will be set up in a few days or less. Click 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. Read the Getting Started in IMathAS guide to get familiar with the system.


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