SOWISO: towards an integrated computer learning environment for mathematics
The mathematical community has been enriched in the past decades with various computer programs that facilitate and improve teaching and learning of mathematics. Although many practical problems still exist, computer aided learning has become a valuable addition to education. However, successes have also led to high expectations of teachers and learners. For a teacher it would be nice if (s)he could review after a computer aided lesson what the students actually did, how much progress they made, which problems arose during learning and to which mathematical subjects attention must be paid in the next lessons. A teacher also wants to reuse ICT-components and to exchange instructional materials with colleagues. Learners expect that they can consult their earlier work anywhere, anytime, device-independent, and receive intelligent feedback on their work.
SOWISO is a cloud-based environment for learning, practicing and assessing mathematics. It has the look-and-feel of an interactive book in which texts, randomized examples, and randomized exercises with automated feedback are integrated into an environment that also offers formative and summative assessment features (also in a diagnostic and adaptive instructional setting). Teachers can author instructional materials without the need of programming skills
In this workshop, participants get a short tour through the environment, in which the different roles author/teacher/student is shown, and they can experience the environment in student mode through bits and pieces of instructional materials used at the Faculty of Science, at the University of Amsterdam.
A paper following this session appeared in the EAMS 2016 special issue of MSOR Connections.