is a comprehensive, web-based, homework system which is used for distance learning courses or for extending curriculum of locally taught courses. Instructors and students interact with the system using any of the standard web browsers available today.
- Delivery and grading of electronic homework assignments
- Course, homework and question authoring
- Integration of rich multimedia with content and questions
- Inclusion of course content materials
- Student rostering
- Course and student management tools
- Student progress tracking and grade reports
- More on OWL features
Students log into OWL through a web browser and complete assignments created by their instructor. When students submit a response to an assignment question, OWL automatically grades their response and displays the correct answer along with instructive feedback written by the instructor. Student answers and scores are stored in a database, and grades are posted for students and instructors to see. Students may repeat assignments as desired to try and better their grade. OWL generates a new question set each time the student repeats an assignment. Thus students can also come back to their assignments to study for exams.
OWL is particularly effective in science and mathematics classes because it does appropriate evaluation of submitted material. In organic chemistry; for example, students might be asked to submit molecular structure diagrams, and then OWL evaluates these for correctness. In mathematics, students may respond with algebraic expressions, which are evaluated by the Web Mathematica symbolic algebra system. However, OWL is also used in a wide range of non-scientific disciplines, including Art History, Music and Dance, Accounting, and Psychology, and incorporates digital multimedia along with Java, Flash and Shockwave interactivity to provide a rich learning environment for students.
The result of more thanfifteen years of development, OWL currently serves 100,000 students a year at 100 universities through a licence agreement with Thompson Publishing.
Basic OWL development is supported by the University of Massachusetts Office of the Provost.
OWL Logins: http://owl.oit.umass.edu/
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