Maple T.A. is an online assessment tool that is built into Blackboard. Although any instructor can use the application to build online tests, it may be most appealing to faculty in math and science due to its built-in math functions and mathematical versatility. Faculty can use this software to display mathematical notation in their questions and students can create free-form mathematical responses. Hundreds of sample questions, that can be used as-is or modified, are available within the software.
Maple T.A. also provides an abundance of statistical information at both the course level and individual student level. For example, on the entry exams, in addition to a list of students’ final scores, faculty can access the dates on which students took the exam and the amount of time they spent on it. The percentage of students who answered each question correctly as well as an individual student’s answers can be determined. This type of information is extremely useful in identifying weaknesses in the calculus sequence, as well as weaknesses for individual students.
Maple T.A. ™ has partnered with the Mathematics Association of America (MAA) in order to maintain the functional standard of the product.
How to Access
- From within your Blackboard course click Control Panel.
- Maple T.A. selections located in the Course Tools area.
- Create Review Tests
- Math Placement Testing
- Deign Math, Engineering or Science Tests that Allow Responses Using Appropriate Functions and Signs