11 Essential Content Types You Must Have for Your WebAssign Course

Faculty often tell us that they want more questions, more variety, and more opportunities for innovative content formats to engage students. Did you know that WebAssign is constantly updated with new questions, resources, and content types? A large number of WebAssign question go unanswered. Why is this? One reason could be that instructors are copying the same assignment each semester. They might not be aware of new questions or where they can be found.
We’re here to help you. Our experts have compiled the best WebAssign content types for each course. We believe you should use them this semester. Find out how to incorporate them in your course and how they can enhance student learning.

1. Questions to get you started (All Titles).
Student Support
It can be time-consuming to learn a new platform and teach your students how it works. You should therefore accept some help. All courses have access the Getting Started questions that are included in your Course Packs. These questions will introduce students to the features of WebAssign and provide a guideline for them. Students will be given a step-by–step guide on how to complete multiple-choice, graphing, and other types questions. They can be customized to your course content to make them more useful for your students.

2. Expanded Problems (Calculus & Applied Calculus).
Objectives: Conceptual Understanding, Problem-Solving

Expanded Problems (EPs), which are designed to help students demonstrate their work and gain a better understanding of their thinking, can be assigned in your course. EPs require students show the answers to each step of the problem in order to pinpoint areas where they are struggling. These questions are useful for homework and quizzes to help students understand the concepts.
Expanded Problems are available for: Tan, Harshbarger and Larson titles in Applied Calculus, the 9th editions of Stewart/Clegg/Watson’s Calculus and Calculus: Early Transcendentals. Larson Precalculus titles will soon have EPs.

3. Proof Problems (Calculus).
Objectives: Problem-Solving and Proof Development
Writing proofs is a great way for students to demonstrate their reasoning skills and create logical arguments. This skill is critical in STEM fields. Proofs can be difficult to write and hard to grade. WebAssign has new proof problems that can be assigned and automatically graded. This makes it easier for students to feel confident and to understand proof development in an online setting. Students gain a better understanding of the writing process through practice and instant feedback.
Proof problems are available in the 9th editions of Stewart/Clegg/Watson’s Calculus and Calculus: Early Transcendentals as well as Epp’s Discrete Mathematics with Applications, 5e and Poole’s Linear Algebra: A Modern Introduction, 4e.

4. Learn Its (Developmental Math Courses and Corequisite Courses).
Objectives: Student Confidence, Targeted Practice, Independent Learning

Learn It modules will help your students become self-sufficient and confident learners. With Learn It modules, your students will be able to fill in the gaps in their prerequisite skills with tailored instruction that suits their learning styles. When students have incorrectly answered a question, they will see a Learn It. Students will receive immediate targeted instruction and practice using narrative, videos, and tutorials.
The Learn It modules are available in Developmental Math and MathCorequisite courses. Look for the list below your instructor resources to find them in Developmental Math. Learn Its are available in all questions of the prerequisite quiz for corequisite courses. Once students have the wrong answer, they will appear.

5. Optimized Problems (Physics & Astronomy).
Objectives: Problem-Solving and Independent Learning. Cheating Reduction
Students should not try to find answers online using Optimized Problems for Astronomy or Physics. OPs provide detailed written solutions to problems using randomized parameters. They are therefore difficult to find online. These questions are not available in a textbook. These questions give students targeted feedback if they have incorrectly answered the problem. This allows them to see where they went wrong and how they can fix it in the future.
You can add OPs to your course by going to your question browser and looking for questions marked with a “.OP.” question tag. These can be found at the chapter-level for Serway/Vuille and College Physics & Serway/Jewett. You can also find them in Physics for Scientists and Engineers if you select a specific section and chapter. Then, search for the question labeled “.OP.”

6. Interactive Video Vignettes (Physics)
Objectives: Real-World Application, and Con

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