Our 12th annual WebAssign Users Group Meeting begins this week on June 21st and we can’t wait to visit with all of the instructors signed up to attend! To prepare, we wanted to take a moment and look back at our blog post from last year’s WAUG:
A few months ago held our 11th annual WebAssign Users Group (WAUG) Meeting and considered it a great success! Over 100 users attended from 65 different institutions and we want to thank all of you who were able to join us. Attendees learned about the most recent WebAssign advances and had the chance to interact with other customers as well as our own personnel.
For those of you who were unable to make it, here is a recap. The two day event started with an “Introduction to WebAssign” hands-on course for new users, who enjoyed coffee and breakfast while receiving a crash course on getting up and running with WebAssign. The rest of our attendees then joined us for a lunch reception and a welcome address by our CEO, Dr. John Risley.
Our presentations kicked-off with Lisa Townsley, a professor at the University of Georgia, who demonstrated using “WebAssign for Testing,” which covered frequency of testing, creating a secure testing environment, exploring the differences between homework questions and test questions, and considerations of security challenges.
Next, we learned about “Online Assignments for Labs,” as Lori Petrovich of NC State University and Steve Brown of the University of Arizona discussed steps to implementations, considerations that need to be made, and the impact on the lab experience for students. Afterward, Jennifer Whitfield, the Director of Online Homework Systems at Texas A&M, captured our attention by demonstrating the “Personal Study Plan as a Calculus 1 Preparation Tool.” The collaboration between Texas A&M and WebAssign’s PSP tool has produced a creative solution for identifying students’ individual mathematical weaknesses and for providing opportunities for these students to strengthen their identified mathematical weaknesses before they begin their calculus journey.
We ended the day with a panel of speakers including Barbara Illwosky from DeAnza Community College, Mark Bishop from Monterey Peninsula College, Carl Stitz from Lakeland Community College and Jeff Zeager from Lorain County Community College. Jointly they presented their views on “Affordability: The New Open Resource Library” and discussed their innovative new product approaches, the pros/cons of open source content, the ability to customize, living without the physical text, and ways in which the community can work together to improve quality and increase affordability for students.
To wrap up our day of great presentations everyone headed back to the WebAssign Headquarters for a social hour complete with delicious appetizers, drinks, and a WAUG cake! Please note that PDFs for all of these great presentations are available for download on our website.
We opened our second day of the conference with time to mingle during breakfast before launching into a series of presentations on new features in WebAssign and a preview of what things to look forward to in 2010. After lunch, attendees were given a choice of small breakout sessions in order to narrow in on those topics that were of the most interest to them, including an option for one on one sessions with some of our experienced coders. After giving everyone a chance to ask any unanswered questions, we closed the Users Group with a dinner reception on the patio.
We truly enjoyed catching up with old friends, meeting new ones, and hearing everyone’s feedback. For more pictures from the event check out our Facebook album.