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Maple T.A. Cloud facilitates new ways for content collaboration and sharing between users

Maplesoft
January 15, 2013 Related Products

New release includes question sharing and full support for adaptive testing

Waterloo, Canada; 15 January 2013: Maplesoft™, a leader in software products for technical education and research, announced today the release of the latest version of its popular testing and assessment tool, Maple T.A.™. Maple T.A. 9 makes it easy for educators to leverage questions created by others and share their own content with the community. It offers fully flexible adaptive testing at the assignment level, and is capable of handling larger classes.

With the new Maple T.A. Cloud, which is integrated seamlessly into Maple T.A. 9, educators can use publicly shared questions as easily as questions they have written themselves. Instructors can share individual questions, a group of questions, or even a fully organized, multi-layered collection of questions to support a full course. The full organizational hierarchy is preserved so others can navigate and understand the content in the same way the author does. Thousands of questions from calculus, statistics, engineering, and other subjects are already available in the Maple T.A. Cloud.

Expanding on the adaptive question type first introduced in Maple T.A. 8, the new version offers fully flexible adaptive testing at the assignment level. In adaptive assignments, the selection of the next question in an assignment depends on how the student has done on the previous questions. Educators can use adaptive assignments to sort students into different streams, provide extra reinforcement only when it is needed, and allow more advanced students to truly show what they are capable of without discouraging less advanced students. Since Maple T.A. has the power of Maple™ behind it, adaptive testing in Maple T.A. is more flexible than any other system.

Maple T.A. 9 is now capable of handling an order of magnitude more students than ever before using distributed load balancing across multiple servers, expanding its capacity to over one million users per installation. In addition, with a wide variety of enhancements related to assignments and question types, Maple T.A. 9 provides more customization options and a streamlined user experience for both instructors and students, including a significantly enhanced question repository, hint deductions, and an improved equation editor.

“Our customers told us they wanted even more flexibility and control over their testing, and Maple T.A. 9 delivers just that,” says Paul DeMarco, Director of Development for Maple and Maple T.A. “In addition, the new Maple T.A. Cloud question repository makes it easy for instructors to access great content developed by other users and contribute their own work to the teaching community.”

Maple T.A. 9 is available now for customers whose classes are hosted by Maplesoft. For a self-hosted version, please contact Maplesoft.

About Maplesoft

Maplesoft™, a subsidiary of Cybernet Systems Co., Ltd. in Japan, has over 20 years of experience developing products for technical education and research, offering a solution that applies to every aspect of academic life. Its product suite reflects the philosophy that given great tools, people can do great things.

Maplesoft’s core technology is the world’s most advanced symbolic computation engine, which is the foundation for all of its products, including Maple™, the technical computing and documentation environment; MapleSim™, the high-performance, multi-domain modeling and simulation tool for physical systems; and Maple T.A.™, a web-based system for creating and assessing online tests and assignments.

Maplesoft also introduced a fundamental shift in technical education through its Clickable Math™ and Clickable Engineering™ initiatives. The idea behind this shift is to create technology that will allow students and teachers to focus on the concepts, not the tool. These initiatives deliver powerful mathematics through visual, interactive point-and-click methods in Maple, while the intuitive physical modeling environment of MapleSim helps teachers to quickly demonstrate the connection between modeling concepts and the underlying mathematical theory.

Over 90% of advanced research institutions and universities worldwide, including MIT, Stanford, Oxford, the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the U.S. Department of Energy, have adopted Maplesoft solutions to enhance their education and research activities. In industry Maplesoft’s customers include Ford, Toyota, NASA, Canadian Space Agency, Motorola, and DreamWorks, covering sectors such as automotive, aerospace, electronics, defense, consumer products, and entertainment.

Visit www.maplesoft.com to learn more.

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