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EFD Custom Online Homework System


Unique Features

  • Parametrized images
  • Integration with class discussion board
  • Database management: Example – when students complete homework
  • Try penalty
  • Common mistake feedback
  • Instant feedback multiple choice

Technical Details

  • Custom system built and maintained by Engineering Fundamentals
  • Apache/PHP/MySQL on Redhat Linux
  • Integrated with a custom class management system that handles large, multi-section classes
  • Currently used extensively by 5 classes during each semester ~ 1700 students

Question Creation

  • Parameters – random and calculated, control ranges, intervals, sig figs – displayed on images and/or in problem statement
  • Problem statement – HTML with PHP variable substitution
  • Solution code – PHP based
  • Editor integrated with web site
  • Example

Current Work

  • Feedback on ‘unreasonable’ answers
  • Punt option
  • Uploading of notes through phone cameras

Future Work

  • More intelligent feedback
  • Generalized handling of units
  • Other TBD

Additional Information

Prof. Will Schleter
Lecturer, Engineering Fundamentals

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