New Term Tip: Prepare Your Students for WebAssign

A new school year means students who may be new to WebAssign. Make sure your students are as prepared as you are to maximize their WebAssign experience. To help get your class up and running, we’ve created a printable Student Quick Start Guide for you to share with your students.

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Based on feedback from instructors like you, we recommend you download and distribute our Student Quick Start Guide as a tool to introduce your students to our system so they have a handy reference on common WebAssign tasks such as logging in and submitting assignments.

A full collection of new-term resources can be found on our website, including our new Interactive Best Practices Guide for setting up your course.

As always, if you need further assistance please do not hesitate to contact our Customer Support Team.

New Term Tip: Getting Started Assignments

Several years ago, we released the Getting Started Assignments, and since then thousands of instructors at over 1,500 different institutions around the world have been using these interactive assignments to introduce students to WebAssign. WebAssign’s Getting Started Assignments provide the opportunity for your students to familiarize themselves with the tools and question types they’ll be encountering throughout the semester, so when they start their first homework assignment the only thing they’ll need to worry about is getting that green check.

If you’re using a textbook that utilizes one of WebAssign’s Course Packs, you’ll find that the relevant Getting Started Assignment has been included. WebAssign will continue to expand our offering of Course Packs, and you can look for the Getting Started Assignments in those Course Packs as more become available.

To date we have Getting Started Assignments for mathematics, calculus, chemistry, and physics and all are available for free with your WebAssign account. Read more about the Getting Started Assignments, utilize the best practice tips below, and try them out for yourself!

Best Practices for Using Getting Started Assignments in Your Courses

Schedule a pre-made assignment
The Getting Started Assignments can be scheduled to your courses by searching for the appropriate assignment ID number. We recommend making one of these assignments available to students to work on before starting on actual graded homework. The assignment ID for each of these discipline-specific assignments are listed below. You can also find this information on our website.

Getting Started with WebAssign – Mathematics (Search for Assignment ID 5969592)
Getting Started with WebAssign – Calculus (Search for Assignment ID 5969651)
Getting Started with WebAssign – Physics (Search for Assignment ID 5969658)
Getting Started with WebAssign – Chemistry (Search for Assignment ID 4555794)


Add the Getting Started questions to your assignments using the Question Browser
You can gain access to the individual Getting Started questions in the Question Browser by adding them as an additional resource when you create a course. Adding Getting Started questions to your assignments is an excellent way to provide interactive instruction to your students when they need it most. Most instructors use the Getting Started Assignments at the beginning of the semester, but if your students won’t be encountering a particular tool or question type later in the class, you can add the relevant Getting Started question at the top of the first assignment in which they’d encounter that tool or question.

Use the Getting Started Assignments as year-long practice and exploration in the WebAssign application
The Getting Started Assignments can be a space for students to explore WebAssign’s tools and question formats in a low-stakes environment. Self-paced exploration is a great way to become comfortable with new technology. By leaving the assignment available for the duration of the course, and granting the students a large number of submissions, they can familiarize themselves with the WebAssign application and its tools throughout the semester.

Get involved
Taking the assignment as a student gives you a better understanding of how students are interacting with the homework for your course. You can take the Getting Started Assignment yourself by scheduling it to your course, and clicking “Open Student View.” The Getting Started Assignments were designed to address the questions that we most often heard from you and your students, and we depend on your feedback to continue improving these resources.

If you have any suggestions on how to improve the Getting Started Assignments, please post a comment below or contact us by phone or e-mail.

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.

New Term Tip: A Guide for New Students

It is easy for students to get started with WebAssign, but the set up of a new account can vary depending on their situation. Please share this step-by-step situation guide with your students to help them get started using WebAssign for the new term. These steps can also be viewed on our website.

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New Student to WebAssign Guide

Regardless of how you access WebAssign, after logging in, you will not see your class until its start date. Check your syllabus, or ask your instructor or TA for details on your class start date.

Choose the option that best describes your situation:

My instructor has provided a class key in this format: myschool 1234 5678.

Great! Your class key enables you to create an account (or use one you already have), and you will be automatically added to the correct course and section. Enter your class key and log in.

My instructor has provided me with a username and password.

Well, that certainly makes things easy. Log in.

My class uses Blackboard.

If you are using Blackboard to access WebAssign, log in to WebAssign via Blackboard.

My instructor is using WebAssign, but I have not received any information.

To use WebAssign, your instructor must provide you with either a username and password for WebAssign or a class key, such as myschool 1234 5678. Check your syllabus for this information, or ask a TA or your instructor.

My instructor is not using WebAssign, but I want to use it.

WebAssign is generally used in a class at a school, with instructor-created assignments. However, depending on which materials you purchase, you might be able to view them in WebAssign, or we might be able to work something out with your instructor. Inquire further here.

I do not have an instructor. I want to use WebAssign to study the subject on my own.

WebAssign is primarily used in a class structure, with instructor-created assignments. Depending on the materials you purchase, you might be able to view some of them, such as an eBook. Inquire further here.

None of these options apply to me.

Please let us know your situation by creating a Customer Support case, and we’ll let you know your options.

New Term Tip: Prepare Your Students for WebAssign

A new school year means students who may be new to WebAssign. Make sure your students are as prepared as you are to maximize their WebAssign experience. To help get your class up and running, we’ve created a printable Student Quick Start Guide for you to share with your students.

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Based on feedback from instructors like you, we recommend you download and distribute our Student Quick Start Guide as a tool to introduce your students to our system so they have a handy reference on common WebAssign tasks such as logging in and submitting assignments. If you are looking for a more customized version of these guides for a specific classroom setup, check out our available Custom Quick Start Guides.

A full collection of new-term resources can be found on our website, including our new Interactive Best Practices Guide for setting up your course.

As always, if you need further assistance please do not hesitate to open a Customer Support Case.

New Term Tip: Getting Started Assignments

Several years ago, we released the Getting Started Assignments, and since then thousands of instructors at over 1,300 different institutions around the world have been using these interactive assignments to introduce students to WebAssign. WebAssign’s Getting Started Assignments provide the opportunity for your students to familiarize themselves with the tools and question types they’ll be encountering throughout the semester, so when they start their first homework assignment the only thing they’ll need to worry about is getting that green check.

If you’re using a textbook that utilizes one of WebAssign’s new Course Packs, you’ll find that the relevant Getting Started Assignment has been included. WebAssign will continue to expand our offering of Course Packs, and you can look for the Getting Started Assignments in those Course Packs as more become available.

To date we have Getting Started Assignments for mathematics, calculus, chemistry, and physics and all are available for free with your WebAssign account. Read more about the Getting Started Assignments, utilize the best practice tips below, and try them out for yourself!

Best Practices for Using Getting Started Assignments in Your Courses

Deploy a pre-made assignment
The Getting Started Assignments can be scheduled to your courses by searching for the appropriate assignment ID number. The assignment ID for each of these discipline-specific assignments are listed below. You can also find this information on our website.

Getting Started with WebAssign – Mathematics (Search for Assignment ID 5969592)
Getting Started with WebAssign – Calculus (Search for Assignment ID 5969651)
Getting Started with WebAssign – Physics (Search for Assignment ID 5969658)
Getting Started with WebAssign – Chemistry (Search for Assignment ID 4555794)


Add the Getting Started questions to your assignments using the Question Browser
You can gain access to the individual Getting Started questions in the Question Browser by adding them as an additional resource when you create a course. Adding Getting Started questions to your assignments is an excellent way to provide interactive instruction to your students when they need it most. Most instructors use the Getting Started Assignments at the beginning of the semester, but if your students won’t be encountering a particular tool or question type later in the class, you can add the relevant Getting Started question at the top of the first assignment in which they’d encounter that tool or question.

Use the Getting Started Assignments as year-long practice and exploration in the WebAssign application
The Getting Started Assignments can be a space for students to explore WebAssign’s tools and question formats without risking losing submissions on graded assignments. Self-paced exploration is a great way to become comfortable with new technology. By leaving the assignment available for the duration of the course, and granting the students a large number of submissions, they can familiarize themselves with the WebAssign application and its tools throughout the semester.

Get involved
Taking the assignment as a student gives you a better understanding of how students are interacting with the homework for your course. You can take the Getting Started Assignment yourself by scheduling it to your course, and clicking “Open Student View.” The Getting Started Assignments were designed to address the questions that we most often heard from you and your students, and we depend on your feedback to continue improving these resources. If you have any suggestions on how to improve the Getting Started Assignments, please post a comment below or contact us by phone or e-mail.

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!