SuperWAUG recap!

Our WebAssign Users Group Meeting 2012 was a huge success!  Thank you to everyone who was able to attend and participate in our two-day event full of exciting presentations from WebAssign staff and engaging professors.  We hope you learned valuable information and had the chance to interact with other WebAssign customers as well as our own personnel. We know that we have some of the best and brightest adopters in the industry, and events such as this reinforce that belief. We truly enjoyed catching up with old friends, meeting new ones, and hearing everyone’s feedback.

WAUG Panoramic

We would especially like to thank our awesome presenters!  Highlights of WAUG included presentations by Brenda Shryock, Mary Turner, Lisa Brown, Lavon Page, Malissa Peery, Barbara Illowsky, Donna Flint, Dan Reichart, Aharon Dagan, Dale Dawes, and Peter Bohacek.  PDFs of select presentations will be available on our website shortly. And remember, if you missed any of our morning presentations they are now available to watch online at Livestream.com/WebAssign!

Alex Bloom, WebAssign President

Brenda Shryock Presentation

Congratulations also to the winners of our raffle prizes who received a $50 Apple gift card and an iPad in order to enhance their classroom technology experience.

More pictures from WAUG are available to view now on our Facebook page and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter if you are not doing so already!

Are you ready for SuperWAUG?

We are!!!


For more details about our WebAssign Users Group Meeting please visit our website.

A look back at WAUG 2011

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.

Friday Funny!

 Another funny student response to a homework question:

Introducing Alex Bloom, WebAssign’s New President!

WebAssign is pleased to introduce our new President, Alex Bloom!

Alex comes to WebAssign from Appia, a Durham, N.C.-based mobile content distribution company, where he served as chief operating officer. He previously was CEO and president at Handango in Dallas, Vice President/General Manager at Motricity in Durham, and director of content and programming at Verizon Wireless in New Jersey.

“I am thrilled to join such an exciting company as WebAssign and help build this already strong business into something great,” Alex said. “I am impressed with what WebAssign founder, Dr. John Risley, and team have built over the last 10 years and the opportunity in front of us.”

“In my previous roles,” Alex continued, “I led companies through the massive growth in the mobile content (apps) industry and I see education technology and WebAssign as being in the early stages of massive adoption and growth – similar to where mobile was 10 years ago. It’s an exciting time for this business.”

Alex has extensive experience in taking digital media to the consumer. He has developed content platforms, managed product and process development, and managed strategic partnerships with media companies and content owners. He spent much of his career in the mobile industry and has run direct-to-consumer eCommerce businesses, eReader businesses, and content distribution businesses.

“We are looking forward to leveraging all of Alex’s previous experience and leadership capabilities to guide WebAssign,” said Dr. Risley, founder of WebAssign. “One of his greatest strengths is his ability to build and lead teams. He has brought structure to growing organizations and his leadership ability will be a key ingredient to our success.”

We are excited about the future of WebAssign under Alex’s leadership and look forward to sharing more feature and product developments with you soon.

Watch the WebAssign Users Group Meeting Live Online!

Join us online June 21st and 22nd for WAUG (WebAssign Users Group Meeting), an event designed to bring WebAssign users together and provide tips on using WebAssign to supercharge your classroom.  Go to Livestream.com/WebAssign to watch selected presentations available for you to watch live from anywhere online!

Presentations streaming live include: Using WebAssign for Testing, iPad and WebAssign, Exploring the GradeBook, Use of Technology in Lecture and Labs, and many more!  Presentations taking place between 10am – 2:30pm on June 21 and 22 will be available to watch live online.  A full agenda can be seen here.

RSVP ahead of time on Livestream to receive a reminder email!

You can also follow us on Twitter, @WebAssign, for details about everything happening at the WebAssign Users Group Meeting (#WAUG)!  You will even have the opportunity to ask your own questions via Twitter and hear the answers live, as well as interact with other members streaming online.

Also, be sure to take our online survey, available during our Livestream presentations, in order to be entered for a chance to win a $50 Apple gift card!

We hope to see you in person or online June 21st and 22nd!

Friday Funny!

Another creative student test answer for this week’s Friday Funny:

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