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This page will collect ideas about methods of assigning homework or assessing student progress. As a tangent, I hope this page will also collect ideas about students who "sample" -- choose courses based on the "easiest requirements".
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Electronic homework systems (MyMathLab, WeBWorK, WebAssign, WileyPlus, CognitiveTutor, ALEKS, etc.) add possibilities.
Common practice is to assign only problems that the homework system can grade automatically. Then all homework problems are graded, and students get instant feedback.
Most of the electronically graded exercises use algorithmically generated parameters, so that different students see slightly different problems.
The big "con" is that electronic homework systems are not good at testing the student's ability to explain concepts or to give translations between mathematical objects and real-world entities modeled by mathematics.