MathXL Features

for instructors

For Students

Features for Instructors

MathXL provides instructors with a rich and flexible set of course materials, along with course-management tools that make it easy to deliver all or a portion of your course online.

Powerful homework and test manager: Create, import, and manage online homework assignments, quizzes, and tests that are automatically graded, allowing you to spend less time grading and more time teaching. Create assignments from online exercises tightly correlated to your textbook, or create your own customize exercises. Homework exercises include guided solutions and sample problems to help students understand and master concepts. You can choose from a wide range of assignment options, including time limits, proctoring, and maximum number of attempts allowed.

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Custom exercise builder: The MathXL Exercise Builder (MEB) lets you create static and algorithmic online exercises for your online assignments. A library of sample exercises provides an easy starting point for creating questions, and you can also create questions from scratch. Exercises can include number lines, graphs, and pie charts, and you can create custom feedback that appears when students enter answers.

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Comprehensive gradebook tracking: MathXL's online gradebook automatically tracks your students' results on tests, homework, and tutorials and gives you control over managing results and calculating grades. All MathXL grades can be exported to a spreadsheet program, such as Microsoft Excel. The MathXL Gradebook provides a number of views of student data and gives you the flexibility to weight assignments, select which attempts to include when calculating scores, and omit or delete results for individual assignments.

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Complete online course content and customization tools: MathXL courses are filled with a wealth of content that is tightly integrated with your textbook. Everything you need to deliver a complete online course is there when you adopt a MathXL course, but MathXL's Course Manager lets you create and customize courses. The Course Manager page lists your name and the name of your school, and lets you create and customize courses, install plug-ins and players required for your courses, edit your course information, and copy and delete courses.

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Copy or share courses and manage course groups: If you've spent time customizing your MathXL course and want to use the same course next semester, you can copy your existing course and preserve all your customizations. You can also let other instructors copy your course. To coordinate across multiple sections of the same course, you can set up a course group, where assignments in the "coordinator" course automatically appear in the affiliated "member" courses. This option is ideal for departments that want to maintain a standardized syllabus across multiple sections taught by different instructors.

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Features for Students

MathXL provides students with a personalized interactive learning environment, where they can learn at their own pace and measure their progress.

Interactive tutorial exercises: MathXL's homework and practice exercises are correlated to the exercises in the textbook, and they regenerate algorithmically to give students unlimited opportunity for practice and mastery. Most exercises are free-response and provide an intuitive math symbol palette for entering math notation. Exercises include guided solutions, sample problems, and learning aids for extra help at point-of-use, and they offer helpful feedback when students enter incorrect answers.

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Multimedia Learning Aids In courses that use the MathXL Player, selected tutorial and homework exercises link directly to multimedia resources, such as videos and animations, that are associated with the exercises. For example, a tutorial exercise may have a video clip of an instructor giving a portion of a lecture, or there may be an animation that helps demonstrate a concept. From any homework or practice exercise, students can link to the online pages of the textbook for the section they're working in.

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Study plan for self-paced learning: MathXL's study plan helps students monitor their own progress, letting them see at a glance exactly which topics they need to practice. MathXL generates a personalized study plan for each student based on his or her test results, and the study plan links directly to interactive, tutorial exercises for topics the student hasn't yet mastered. Students can regenerate these exercises with new values for unlimited practice, and the exercises include guided solutions and multimedia learning aids to give students the extra help they need.

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Since I first began requiring online homework using MathXL in my college algebra class in the summer of 2005, I have seen a tremendous improvement in student success. I am so thrilled to have finally found a way to require my students to do homework in a way that keeps them engaged, forces them to truly learn and understand the material, and also saves me the headache of grading paper-and-pencil homework assignments!”

Brooke Quinlan, Hillsborough Community College (FL)