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The UNC TLT Collaborative 2001 Conference was held
at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington
on May 2325, 2001.


Using WebHW with Microsoft LRN 2.0

Microsoft?s LRN 2.0 Toolkit facilitates the creation of IMS compatible learning modules.In the current version,metadata is utilized by the LRN Viewer,which displays course content with a collapsible menu structure.

WebHW is a system for delivering on-line homework content.WebHW problems may consist of an unlimited number of subpart questions that contain randomized problem parameters to allow unlimited attempts in a format that makes guessing practically impossible.Students enjoy working in WebHW because of instantaneous feedback,and because of the design principle that makes it impossible for them to hurt their grade when submitting an answer.

WebHW and LRN 2.0 are both based on Microsoft technologies,and thus work very well together.Furthermore, each WebHW problem exists as an independent web file which can be integrated well via hyperlink fromany LMS content.Although enterprise-level client-server database solutions such as MSSQL work well with WebHW,MS Access is a very good option even for large class sizes since WebHW does not draw problem content from database files,and since database access has been tuned to avoid locking conflicts.Thus,a LRN/WebHW installation may be easily hosted at the departmental or even the individual level.

The most significant advantage of WebHW over other current options is flexibility. Problems may be enhanced on the server-side with Active Server Pages, and on the client-side with Java and DHTML.Many examples will be demonstrated.WebHW and LRN 2.0 are both free.WebHW may be downloaded at http://webhw.unca.edu,and LRN may be downloaded at http://www.microsoft.com/eLearn/. Each site contains both installation and extensive TLT and documentation resources.

Url: WebHW project

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