New adaptive questions provide powerful tool for teaching during testing
Waterloo, Canada; 4 January 2012: 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 tools. Maple T.A.™ was first released as a pilot project in 2002. Ten years later, Maple T.A. and the Maple T.A. MAA Placement Test Suite continue the tradition of providing major advancements to help institutions offer high quality technical education to their students.
Adaptive questions in Maple T.A. 8 give instructors a powerful new tool to improve student comprehension. These questions give extra guidance to students who give an incorrect response to a question, increasing their understanding of the concepts and techniques involved. Knowing the student is having trouble, the question can be adapted to walk the student through the problem one step at a time, allow students to try a simpler version of the same question before retrying the original, or whatever the instructor feels is appropriate. As a result, adaptive questions give students the opportunity to deepen their understanding without leaving the testing environment, while at the same time giving them partial credit for their efforts.
Maple T.A. 8 also provides a highly secure Proctored Browser, which reduces cheating by ensuring students stay inside the Maple T.A. environment until the test or assignment is completed. While using the Proctored Browser, students cannot access other web sites or programs on their computer. Other security enhancements include the ability to require that Maple T.A. tests are taken from a specified list of IP addresses, to ensure students can take assignments only from approved computers or labs. These and other new Maple T.A. security features are also available in the Maple T.A. MAA Placement Test Suite, for those institutions who want greater security in their placement testing process.
“Maple T.A. has evolved rapidly over the last 10 years, with new question and assignment types, more ways to create, modify, and organize content, a sophisticated gradebook, additional options for integrating Maple T.A. into the rest of your infrastructure, and much more,” says Paul DeMarco, Director of Development for Maple™ and Maple T.A. “The latest releases of Maple T.A. and the Maple T.A. MAA Placement Test Suite continue the tradition of providing institutions with innovative methods to help them deliver effective, efficient mathematics and technical education to their students.”
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.
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About Cybernet Systems Co., Ltd. CYBERNET SYSTEMS in Japan provides world-class solutions and services in the CAE and IT areas. For more information, visit http://www.cybernet.co.jp/english/