Twice a year, the MathXL® for School product team releases new features based on stated needs of our customers. We announce these new features widely, but in case you missed the notices, here are some of the newer and cooler features from the past few years. As the next set of new features are released, we’ll add them to this page as well.
If you want to see how some of these previously-released features work, check out product tours that review some of the new features. And, as always, you can contact teacher advocates to query people on how they are successfully integrating these new features into their courses. Good luck—and we hope you find some great ideas and solutions here.
|Area||Feature Name||Description||Issue Solved||Click Path||Date Introduced|
|Homework and Test Manager||Number of Attempts for Homework Questions||Teachers can specify the number of times each homework question on an assignment can be attempted (by clicking the Similar Exercise button), from 1 to the current default of unlimited. Students are told the number of attempts they have on the Homework Overview.||I don't want my students to be able to regenerate their homework problems more than 5 times.||Homework/Test Manager - Create Assignment - Choose Settings - Access Controls - Attempts per Question||December 2008|
|Homework and Test Manager/Gradebook||Partial Credit for Incomplete Homework Questions||Students who work through most parts of a homework question but do not complete it before going to the next question will get partial credit for the correct answers they entered. They can return later to finish the question and try to improve their score.||N/A||December 2008|
|Homework and Test Manager||“Chapter O” (Orientation) Questions||Beginning with courses for copyright 2010 titles, there are a number of orientation questions that help students get started and become familiar with how to enter answers in the Player, use the palette, and work with the Grapher.||My students need a tutorial on how to use MyMathLab.||Homework/Test Manager - Create Assignment - Add/Remove Content||December 2008|
|Course Admin||Instructor Email Setting||Teachers can email students from the Gradebook, in both the “From:” line and the new “cc:” line, which enables teachers to retain a record of what they have sent.||I want to be able to email my students from within MyMathLab.||Gradebook - Results - Email Student||December 2007|
|Homework and Test Manager||Custom Exercises Import||When teachers upgrade to a new edition, they can import custom exercises along with publisher-provided exercises. The custom exercises will be called out in the email summary to instructors, allowing them to associate the custom exercises to the new edition.||We are going to a new edition, and I'd like to make sure my new course includes all the custom exercises I already created.||N/A||December 2007|
|Gradebook||Advanced Exports in Blackboard and Vista/CE (WebCT) formats||Teachers working in Blackboard or Vista/CE (WebCT) will be able to specify the spreadsheet layout for Advanced Exports so that the files can be easily imported into the Blackboard or Vista/CE (WebCT) gradebooks with no further manipulation needed.||I need to export my gradebook in order to upload it to Blackboard.||Gradebook - Export Data - Advanced Export||December 2007|
|Homework and Test Manager||Individual Student Settings||Teachers can now modify assignment settings for individual students, without other students seeing the changes or being affected by them. Teachers can change any of the following assignment settings for individual students: due dates and times, number of attempts, time limit, whether to show remaining time during a test, whether a password is required (and what it is), whether a homework assignment is available to be worked on past its due date, and assigned/unassigned status.||How can I make changes for one student who needs extra time on an assignment.||Homework/Test Manager - Actions - Settings per Student||December 2006|
|Gradebook||New Gradebook Export Options||Teachers have three export options: export the assignment results of a specific chapter; select decimal or percentage formatting for exported scores; and include date and time worked when exporting scores from all attempts at a test, quiz, or homework.||I want to be able to export the grades for a particular chapter.||Gradebook - Export Data||December 2006|
|Gradebook||Add Your Own Item to the Gradebook||Teachers can add items such as paper-and-pencil tests, special projects, attendance, or class participation to their math gradebook and have the results of those items be factored into overall averages.||I want to add offline items to the MyMathLab gradebook.||Gradebook - More Gradebook Tools - Add Offline Items||December 2004|
|Preserving online homework exercises and answers||Teachers can choose to preserve students’ homework and answers, so that once a student starts a homework assignment, the question values will not change unless the student opts to try again with a similar problem or to view the guided solution to the problem.||I would like students to be able to review assignments and see the saved problems and answers.||Homework/Test Manager - Create Assignment - Choose Settings - Presentation Options - Save Values||N/A|