A Free Online Mathematics Assessment and Course Management System IMathAS David Lippman Melonie Rasmussen Lead Developer Muse & #1 Fan Pierce College Lakewood, Washington 2009 AMATYC Conference What is IMathAS / WAMAP? IMathAS: Internet Math Assessment System Web-based math assessment engine Learning management system Algorithmically generated questions Computer grading of numerical and math expression questions Accurate math and graph display Open-source software WAMAP: Washington Math Assessment & Placement Thousands of existing questions from arithmetic through calculus 20+ pre-built courses Free IMathAS web hosting for Washington schools A Brief History Started exploring placement alternatives Got frustrated with publisher systems Built something for myself, invited some others to start playing with it Got some state-level support to make a hosted site available for free Got some grant money for some content development and system support time An online community of users developed WAMAP.org serves 3500+ students/ quarter A Brief History $30,000 from Washington State eLearning Council for content development $80,000 from the Transition Math Project (Gates foundation funded) for content development and user training and support Mostly a labor of love Benefits Immediate feedback Unlimited practice Automated grading Encourage collaboration without cheating Facilitate communication Online grade tracking Instructor Perception Survey Results Grades Understanding Improved Retention Similar Declined Confidence Student Practice 0% 25% 50% 75% 100% A Student Survey (fully online class using WAMAP) How’s it Different? The Advantages Truly free – no cost for students with used books Not tied to a publisher – questions are categorized by topic, not book section Community created content Community support Flexibility of a learning management system The Disadvantages We leave the teaching to humans - No tutorials, videos, etc. Pre-built courses are not yet developed for all texts How It Can Be Used Drill and practice Homework Take-home, in-class tests/quizzes Extended projects, group assignments Active Learning activities Encourage communication Track student progress Share info with students Fully online courses Diagnostics / Mass assessment Want to try it out? Log in to www.wamap.org To try it out as a student, log on with: Username & Password: demo To get an tester instructor account, click the Classroom tab, click on the “New Instructor Account Request” and send in your info. Your account will be set up in a few days or less. Read the Getting Started guide to get familiar with the system, or watch some videos in the training course. Want to use it (long term)? We don’t currently have capacity to host everyone at wamap.org (at least not yet). Sorry. Visit www.imathas.com to learn how to download the software. It requires a web host with PHP and MySQL. For a single school, it can run fine on a cheap $5/month hosting plan.