Online Exams, Academic Integrity, and Covid-19

May 27th, 2020|

As schools moved to an online-only mode of instruction, many professors were forced to adjust to the new circumstances. Covid-19 pushed instructors to do remote testing and the absence of an in-class proctored environment caused everyone to rethink how they administer exams.

This blog series will highlight security concerns instructors should have and measures they […]

Expert TA Announces Software Donation to Benefit High School STEM Education

December 22nd, 2016|

(12/22/2016) TULSA, Okla.–In the spirit of holiday giving, Expert TA, a Tulsa-based firm specializing in homework software for high schools and universities, announced today that it will donate its online Introductory Physics homework software to up to 150 high school classrooms in 2017. The gift comes as a result of its One-for-One program that […]

Studying for the AP Physics Exam: A New Approach for Students

August 3rd, 2016|

You probably already know that the AP Physics exam recently underwent dramatic and fundamental changes. And students still studying for the old style of exam suffered. In fact, the College Board reported that more than 60 percent of those taking the Physics I exam in May 2015 did not receive a score high enough […]

5 Online Homework Settings for Better Student Engagement

July 27th, 2016|

If you’re like many introductory physics instructors, you likely use an online homework system. These systems have evolved tremendously over the past decade, and now allow instructors to highly customize “assignments settings.” For example, instructors control how many attempts each student has and whether hints and feedback are available. While flexibility can be good, […]

How Expert TA Analytics Worked for the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire

February 18th, 2016|

Expert TA’s online homework system offers the most symbolic questions on the market, and they are graded as more than simply right or wrong. This partial credit grading, along with sophisticated feedback provided to students, leads to usage data that is examined in an offline service called Expert TA Analytics.

As described in an earlier […]

3 Reasons Not to Devalue Homework

January 28th, 2016|

In higher education, chances are you’ve heard or dealt with issues of academic integrity. Some claim that cheating is now such a significant issue that they can no longer assign value to homework. It is true that the availability of solutions and the ease at which students can share answers online have drastically altered […]

Why Bundled Textbooks are a Bad Deal for Students

January 25th, 2016|

In our experience, college professors work tirelessly to look out for the best interests of their students. They are well aware of the ever-increasing expense of a college education, and therefore are highly cost-conscious when choosing a textbook for their class. According to OpenStax College, the average student is now paying $1,200 each year […]

Practice Makes Progress!

November 24th, 2015|

How can you tell whether a student really understands the class material? Education researchers agree that assessing this is difficult and that the best and most trusted measure is still an exam that is hand-graded by the instructor. On the vast majority of these exams, students are asked to show all of their work, […]

The Changing Landscape of the AP Physics Exam

November 18th, 2015|

The following article from Education Week outlines an important issue that we all need to keep our eyes on. The number of students taking the AP Physics exam doubled this past year, representing the largest single-year growth for any AP course in the history of the exams. This is encouraging in some ways; it […]

3 Ways to Turn the Bird’s Nest of Big Data into Your Most Powerful Tool

November 16th, 2015|

Big data is all the talk these days, regardless of what sector you are in; but just collecting data doesn’t provide insight.  The real challenge is in the analysis of that collected information, and often this analysis is left to the end user. Given the size and complexity of these data sets, thoughtful analysis […]