Student Perceptions of Online Homework in Preparatory Year Pre-Calculus courses

International Journal of Mathematical Trends and Technology (IJMTT)          
© 2014 by IJMTT Journal
Volume-8 Number-1                          
Year of Publication : 2014
Authors : Balarabe Yushau , Muhammad Ali Khan


Balarabe Yushau , Muhammad Ali Khan. "Student Perceptions of Online Homework in Preparatory Year Pre-Calculus courses", International Journal of Mathematical Trends and Technology (IJMTT). V8:12-17 April 2014. ISSN:2231-5373. Published by Seventh Sense Research Group.

The Internet is gradually becoming part and parcel of our lives. As a result, online educational technologies are gaining more acceptance in our educational system. This is more so in higher education. However, online assessment is one aspect of online technologies that has taken time to be accepted by educators. This is primarily due to concerns related to reliability, validity and security of online assessment. This paper presents the results of a study that investigates students’ perceptions of online homework that was recently introduced in our precalculus courses, as compared to conventional paper and pencil homework. Furthermore, we share some qualitative data we observed that should be useful to all mathematics educators, especially those planning to implement online homework. Some important issues related specifically to MyMathLab, which is the platform we are currently using for online homework, together with the major problems students faced in getting accustomed to the online environment will be discussed.


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