Introducing New Chief Technology Officer, Rob Simora

We recently welcomed a new Chief Technology Officer, Rob Simora, to the WebAssign team. Rob is an experienced product development and IT executive with over 20 years of experience managing global IT teams and strategic business planning. He joins us from Railinc, where he achieved all-time high customer satisfaction scores and championed the company’s IT strategy as CIO and VP Product Development.

Robert Simora

“As education technology evolves, this is an exciting time for WebAssign,” commented Alex Bloom, WebAssign president. “Rob brings the essential level of expertise and innovation to the WebAssign team, enabling us to continue serving the best learning tools and technology to our faculty and student users.”

“WebAssign is a recognized leader in providing education technology that supports and enhances teaching and learning,” said Rob. “I’m delighted to join a company so dedicated to its customers.”

Simora was named “IT Leader of the Year” by SearchCIO-MidMarket. He also won the Triangle Business Journal “40 Under 40” award in 2011. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Management Systems and Finance from Fordham University and holds a Master of Business Administration from the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

We are excited to have him join us!

Survey Indicates Preference for Online Testing Among STEM Students

We recently sent out a survey to our student users to assess student learning preferences and overall perception of WebAssign. Over 20,000 students across the STEM disciplines in high school and higher education responded to our survey and provided valuable data regarding the company and education trends.

“Our survey data confirms that WebAssign is an effective tool for students to learn outside the traditional classroom setting,” said Andy Trus, WebAssign product manager. “Over 85% of the surveyed students feel WebAssign positively impacted their exam grades.”

When asked to evaluate an online versus paper preference for testing, students were first asked if they had previously taken an online exam. For respondents who had never taken an online test with WebAssign, only 22.5% indicated a preference for online testing. However, for respondents who had tested with WebAssign, 55% indicated a preference for online testing. The responses show that once a student completes at least one test online, the preference shifts to online testing.

Regarding WebAssign as an effective learning tool:

  • 85% of students said WebAssign positively impacted their exam grades
  • 80% of respondents rated the WebAssign registration process as easy
  • 73% considered WebAssign to be easy to use overall
  • 76.6% stated WebAssign helped them learn the course materials better than any other technology solution

Though the survey focused on student preferences, instructors also benefit from administering online tests with WebAssign for STEM courses. “Using instant grading via WebAssign is superior to a multiple-choice paper test for mass-testing,” commented Lisa Townsley, an academic professional in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Georgia. “WebAssign provides a protected testing environment and enough flexibility to serve the needs of the pre-calculus curriculum at UGA.”

Stay tuned! More results from this student survey will be available on our website throughout the semester.

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Remind Your Students to Register for WebAssign

Did you know that more than 85% of students using WebAssign feel that WebAssign positively impacted their exam grades? This overwhelming statistic was uncovered in a recent survey of more than 20,000 students across STEM disciplines in high school and higher education.

With that in mind, the end of the two-week grace period for free student access to WebAssign may be coming up. Even if you require WebAssign in your classroom, we have found that not all students take advantage of this learning tool without a little encouragement. Once your class has started we suggest you remind your students to officially register for WebAssign so they can access your homework assignments after this grace period ends. And, another fun fact, almost 80% of survey respondents rated the WebAssign registration process as easy, so no excuses!

You can determine the time left on the grace period in WebAssign by clicking “Open Student View” in the right-hand corner of the screen.

You can review your roster in WebAssign to determine the registration status of your students by clicking Roster under Class Tools.

Please Note: Even if students allow the grace period to lapse before registering, they can still register and pay for access at any time. Their submitted or saved work will be accessible after they purchase access.

If your students need assistance with access, class keys, or payment, please refer them to our student support team. And should you have any questions, our instructor support is also available for assistance.