WebAssign Introduces Faculty Advisory Board, Partnership with Education Faculty

We are pleased to officially announce the creation of the WebAssign Faculty Advisory Board, an initiative supporting education technology and student learning.

The Faculty Advisory Board unites a cross-disciplinary team of WebAssign adopters to assist in the ongoing analysis of effective teaching practices that incorporate technology to promote student learning. The Faculty Advisory Board will serve as a liaison between WebAssign faculty nationwide and the company. Current members span multiple disciplines and include:

  • Amit Savkar, University of Connecticut
  • Brenda Shryock, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • Dale Dawes, Borough of Manhattan Community College
  • Jennifer Whitfield, Texas A&M University
  • Aaron Titus, High Point University
  • Stephen Matchett, Grand Valley State
  • Joi Walker, Tallahassee Community College
  • John Hopkins, Penn State
  • Lisa Townsley, University of Georgia
  • Lewis Johnson, Florida A&M University
  • Gabriel Mendoza, El Paso Community College
  • Jerry Magnan, Florida State University
  • Erik Epp, WebAssign
  • Matt Kohlmyer, WebAssign

“The mission of the Faculty Advisory Board is to represent the academic community in regards to education technology trends, evolving teaching models, and the future of WebAssign,” said Chief Academic Officer, Jack Y. Narayan, Ph.D. “Our board of educators will keep WebAssign apprised of shifts in education and provide feedback on the WebAssign product plan to ensure that we continue to be the preferred teaching tool of educators everywhere.”

As an employee-owned benefit company, WebAssign is committed to supporting and improving education instruction and student learning. The Faculty Advisory Board directly supports this initiative to uphold WebAssign’s mission and support education. With plans to meet regularly throughout the year, the Faculty Advisory Board held their inaugural meeting at the 14th annual WebAssign Users Group (WAUG) meeting on June 26-27 in Raleigh, N.C.

“As education technology continues to evolve, WebAssign strives to provide faculty and students with top-notch content and features that enrich student learning,” commented Alex Bloom, WebAssign president. “By implementing the Faculty Advisory Board, we affirm our company’s commitment to enhance the pedagogical vision of the faculty and foster the success of the student.”

Friday Funny!

inscribed dog

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Friday Funny!


Have a better math/science/teaching joke than this one? Email us to have it posted as one of our future Friday Funnies!


WebAssign Employee Coaching U.S. Physics Team

One of our own employees, David Fallest, will be traveling to Astana, Kazakhstan for the 2014 International Physics Olympiad (IPHO), taking place July 13-21. David is one of the coaches of this year’s team, which will be sending five student representatives. Alexander Bourzutschky, Kevin Fei, Calvin Huang, Vikram Sundar, and Michael Winer are the five students selected to represent the U.S. Physics Team.

Physics Olympiad

AAPT is responsible for recruiting, selecting, and training the U.S. Physics Team each year to compete in the IPHO Competition. This selection process begins in early January when high schools register their students to participate in the Fnet=ma exam. Approximately 300 top scorers on this first test advanced to the Semifinal round of competition.

A second exam is used as the basis for selection of the members of the U.S. Physics Team.  In May, these students traveled from schools all over the United States to the University of Maryland-College Park for the U.S. Physics Team Training Camp. There, they engaged in nine days of intense studying, mystery labs, daily exams, and problem solving.

At the end of that training camp, five students and an alternate were selected as the “Traveling Team” to represent the United States Physics Team at the IPHO. In early July, the Traveling Team and their coaches attended a three-day Mini Camp of intense laboratory work before moving on to the IPHO.

Best of luck to David and the U.S. Physics Team!

Friday Funny!

Engineer’s dinner:

His wife left a note for him to prepare the dinner that evening: “sheperds pie needs to be taken out of the fridge and placed in the oven at 140 degrees”

sheperds pie

Learn How to Create WebAssign Questions with 5 Short Videos

Now you can learn the basics of how to create your own questions in WebAssign by watching the Question Creation video tutorials. We currently have five videos that cover everything you need to begin creating your own questions, arranged in a YouTube playlist in the order we recommend that you view them.

Introduction to the WebAssign Question Editor (2:15) – This short video will introduce you to the different parts of WebAssign’s question editor.

Creating a Numerical Question (4:50) – This video will walk you through how to create a basic numerical question.

Using Perl and Randomizing Values (9:48) – This video will show you how WebAssign uses Perl to generate random numbers for your questions, and how Perl can be used to perform mathematical calculations.

Creating a Multiple Choice Question (5:10) – This video will walk you through how to create a variety of multiple choice questions.

Creating a Symbolic Question (4:00) – This video will walk you through how to create a symbolic question.

We plan to add more question creation videos to this collection, and welcome any suggestions for future video topics, as well as feedback on our existing question creation videos. Please get in touch with us if you have any feedback on these new videos, or if you would like additional help learning to create your own questions!

WAUG 2014 Recap

This year’s WebAssign Users Group Meeting (WAUG) was a huge success!  Thank you to everyone who was able to attend and participate in our two-day event full of networking and presentations from innovative instructors. Over 100 customers traveled to WAUG from 78 different institutions and we hope you all had the chance to discover tips and features for teaching with WebAssign, learn innovative ways to increase student engagement, and connect with your colleagues to exchange ideas. We truly enjoyed catching up with old friends, meeting new ones, and hearing everyone’s feedback.

A special thank you to our wonderful instructor presenters who taught everyone something new through engaging presentations on topics ranging from Teaching a MOOC to Creating a Collaboratory Environment and how to Use Social Media to Involve and Inform Students. PDFs of these presentations and more are available for download through our shared WAUG 2014 Google Drive.


This year’s WAUG was held for the first time at the DoubleTree Hilton – Brownstone in Raleigh, NC and also marked the first WAUGGIE Awards announced at our networking dinner on Thursday night. 10245388_760530000664991_8373940913276818839_nCongrats to all of the winners of WAUGGIES for achievements such as newest user, longest user, most questions on one assignment, and traveling the farthest to WAUG. Winners received a chocolate trophy to complement the southern style dinner everyone enjoyed.


Attendees kept up with WAUG events via Twitter using #WAUG2014 and had fun with cardboard cutouts of famous mathematicians and scientists.

Waug tweet

More pictures from WAUG’s interactive sessions, networking events, dinner, and the WAUGGIES can be found on our Facebook page.