Cheating is a widespread problem in American higher education that seems to only increase as technology improves. Just this year, Ohio State University disciplined 85 students in their esteemed Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program for sharing test answers online. In 2014, Duke University investigated more than 400 computer science students for submitting code solutions from the internet and common answers among classmates, citing cloud-based GitHub as a particular concern. Far too many universities have experienced recent cheating scandals as a result of burgeoning technology and waning adherence to honor codes—Stanford and Dartmouth in 2015, the University of Georgia in 2014, and Harvard in 2012, just to name a few.
Linda Flohr, science teacher at Glenwood Springs High School, started her career in education by teaching physics and math in the Peace Corps in 1997. She then moved on to teach in Philadelphia, and for the past 14 years has taught science in Colorado. Read on to learn more about how Linda incorporates technology in her class.
Online courses are becoming more and more popular thanks to technological advances, flexibility of the courses, and lifestyle demands. Keeping students engaged in online courses can be a bit of a challenge though. That's why we've compiled a list of tips on how to engage students in an online course. Have more to add to this list? Add them to the comments below!
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. 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.
With the new school year approaching we want to make sure you have everything needed to maximize your WebAssign experience and ensure a smooth start to the new term. Explore our latest features and resource guide below. And as always, don't hesitate to contact our friendly customer support team should you have any questions.
Open Educational Resources (OER) are being developed and used more and more in schools and universities across the globe. There may be drawbacks to OER textbooks or materials developed so broadly and with varying degrees of editorial oversight, but the benefits of being free and online cannot be outweighed. Yes, there are advantages to using the large academic publishers’ textbook content, such as the high quality material, years of vetting, and respected authors, but OER is quickly catching up.
Inside Higher Ed recently published an article about Blended Learning, a topic that we are very involved in. It opens by stating, "Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology tasked with examining the future of online education have returned with a simple recommendation for colleges and universities: focus on people and process, not technology." As an edtech company that provides online homework and assessment, you may be surprised to know that we agree with this recommendation.
One of our faculty users, Michael Lafreniere, recently gave a presentation at NADE on effective teaching and learning strategies. He was generous enough to let us share the main points of his presentation with you! Read on to hear what Michael had to say about effective teaching and learning strategies.