NSDL and MathDL

Here is a link to the presentation this morning from Bruce Yoshiwara and Mike Martin about NSDL and MathDL.

Interesting tidbits from this presentation:

  • You can search MathDL by a specific brand of software. So, for example, if you have Maple on your campus, but don’t know how to use it, you could search for Maple applications and find all the ones that are in MathDL.
  • They also mentioned the Convergence website, which is a site about the history of math.
  • They also talked about the Math Gateway, a portal to access the MathDL where you can organize your favorites into folders.
  • JOMA, DCR, and Convergence will be merging into one site/resource called the Journal of Online Mathematics (JOM) and will have an RSS feed (this means that the site will come to you via email or RSS if you don’t want to have to go to the site).
  • Mike showed us WebWork (out of the University of Rochester) which is an online homework platform for math and science. The system runs on moodle, which makes me think that it must be free to use, but I’m not positive on that. If anyone else knows, then please comment that in.
  • One final note: I was able to pull up their power point presentation on my phone and click through the slides while I watched the presentation (Bruce says he produced it as a pdf for the website, so that seems to work pretty well on my phone, which is a treo).

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  1. eatongage says:

    WeBWorK is open source and freely available for download under the GPL license. (for information and CVS download see links from http://webwork.maa.org or http://www.openwebwork.org. For tarballs http://sourceforge.net/projects/openwebwork/)

    The WeBWorK server runs under LAMP (p as in perl) but students and instructors can access it using any browser on any platform. As a first approximation it’s reasonable to describe it as an opensource version of WebAssign. It concentrates on the delivery of homework problems for mathematics and science. It can also be used for gateway testing.

    Very recently we’ve achieved interoperatability/integration with moodle which provides other course management facilities such as forums, chat rooms etc. We use moodle for forums and mediWiki for documentation on our new central site at http://webwork.maa.org. Information is being moved there from our previous site at http://webwork.rochester.edu which was maintained using Userland Frontier.

    – Mike Gage gage at math.rochester.edu

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