I was reading Teaching College Math and came across a glowing review of WebAssign. (Her great powerpoint here.) Wow! Math help websites have come a long, long way! I was wondering if anyone out there uses it, and if so, what the pros and cons of it are? Are your students satisfied with it, or do they complain about how it works?
Why I’m acute to this: In grad school, I took a few undergrad French and German classes, and we had web assignments too. Unfortunately, although a great idea in theory, those assignments were a nightmare in practice. Missing letters, a different way to say things, a forgotten umlaut or accent, an extra space, etc., would render an entire question wrong. Or you could be completely correct, and you’d still be marked wrong. Everyone hated it. I want to make sure that WebAssign doesn’t have those sorts of annoying bugs. I want to make sure if you write , it would be marked the same as if you had written .