webMathematica-based on-line learning system?

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg55675] webMathematica-based on-line learning system?*From*: Murray Eisenberg <murray at math.umass.edu>*Date*: Sat, 2 Apr 2005 01:28:05 -0500 (EST)*Organization*: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst*Reply-to*: murray at math.umass.edu*Sender*: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

There are a bunch of "learning management systems" around. Can anybody point me to one based upon webMathematica technology? The sort of system I want would: (0) allow platform-independent and browser-independent access, with the system itself preferably based on a Linux server; (1) allow the instructor to arrange exams, quizzes, and homework assignments -- let's just call such things "units" below -- where the questions can be fill-in-the-answer as well as the more traditional multiple choice, matching, etc.; (2) have built-in provision for automatic selection of problems from a pool based upon type of question, and for selection in which one or more parameters in a question can change (so that that different student don't get exactly the same question, and a single student doesn't get the same questions if s/he repeats the unit); (3) allow the instructor to control the time permitted the student to respond to a question, and to control whether and how many times a unit can be retaken; (4) based upon instructor criteria, would automatically evaluate answers and provide feedback, either instantaneous after each question or at the end of the unit (at the instructor's discretion), and then provide a score to the student; and (5) record students' scores in a database and include provision for various reporting to the individual student and to the instructor both of the results on an individual unit and the entire group of units used over some time period. I am equally interested in something still under development but close to being ready for market as in something already being sold. Most interesting would be such a system that already has a database of calculus questions! -- Murray Eisenberg murray at math.umass.edu Mathematics & Statistics Dept. Lederle Graduate Research Tower phone 413 549-1020 (H) University of Massachusetts 413 545-2859 (W) 710 North Pleasant Street fax 413 545-1801 Amherst, MA 01003-9305