Earlier Releases

New features and resolved issues for earlier releases.

May 10, 2017

  • Fixed: Student answers to mathPad, calcPad®, and physPad® questions sometimes contained characters that couldn't be graded.

    These characters were typically associated with non-English keyboard layouts or copying and pasting from other sources. Students are now warned when unsupported characters are detected. More information

January 20, 2017

  • Fixed: Students did not receive email notifications about upcoming due assignments.
  • Improved messaging for students who are not enrolled in a class.

December 21, 2016

  • Fixed: Students were sometimes prompted to enter a password when opening VitalSource eBooks.

November 2, 2016

This release adds a persistent reminder if you have not purchased access to WebAssign and provides an improved experience for completing WebAssign assignments from Brightspace®, Canvas™, and Moodle™ (if enabled by your instructor).

Advanced LMS Integration

When enabled for your class, you can now open WebAssign assignments directly from your Brightspace, Canvas, or Moodle class and your assignment scores are synced back to the learning management system (LMS).

Payment Reminders

If you have not purchased WebAssign access online or entered an access code to verify payment, a banner displays at the top of page to remind you to do so. Click the payment link in the banner to purchase access.

Online Tutoring

Online tutoring with a third-party service is available for more courses.

For more information, see Online Tutoring.

August 10, 2016

This release addresses reported issues affecting students and instructors.

Resolved Issues

Issue Summary Issue Numbers

After an extended period of inactivity in WebAssign, students could not access assignments even after logging back into WebAssign. Students could resolve this problem by explicitly logging out or clearing their browser cookies.

LEGO-8797

May 4, 2016

This release fixes a reported issue affecting students and instructors.

Resolved Issues

Issue Summary Issue Numbers

A few graphs were displayed incorrectly in assignments.

LEGO-5476

February 17, 2016

This release includes work on internal features.

February 3, 2016

This release addresses a reported issue affecting students and instructors, and updates supported browser detection in WebAssign.

Resolved Issues

Issue Summary Issue Numbers
After editing a class section with no name, Class Insights was not available for the section. RA-2276

January 20, 2016

This release addresses some reported issues affecting students.

Resolved Issues

Issue Summary Issue Numbers
Some questions that did not have Practice Another Version were not shown to students in Class Insights. RA-2261
When purchasing access, students sometimes incorrectly saw a message indicating that their PayPal session had expired when in fact the transaction could not be completed for another reason, such as a declined credit card. LEGO-8278

January 6, 2016

This release updates the browser support for WebAssign and addresses some reported issues.

Release Highlights

  • Browser support for WebAssign has been updated. See System Requirements for WebAssign.
  • The Chat About It feature available for some Cengage textbooks has been renamed Talk to a Tutor.

Resolved Issues

Issue Summary Issue Numbers
Answers to numerical questions were graded incorrectly when the submitted answer contained a leading zero, for example, 01.25 instead of 1.25. LEGO-8472
The text of answer format tips displayed for numerical questions with fractions was confusing for some students. These were reworded for clarity. COMM-1165

December 16, 2015

This release addresses some issues affecting students and instructors.

Resolved Issues

Issue Summary Issue Numbers
Students who received a class key could sign up in WebAssign after the course ended, but would not have access to any courses.

Now, the class key does not work after the course ends and students are notified that the course has ended.

QQ-76
When working in mathPad, calcPad, or physPad, parentheses were automatically added for some functions, such as sin(), but your insertion point remained between the function and the left parenthesis. If you deleted the parentheses, it was possible to submit an answer that looked valid — such as sin 2x — but which contained no actual space between the function name and the operand, was ambiguous (did you mean sin(2)x?) and would not be graded correctly.

Now, the insertion point is placed within the parentheses to make it easier to type and reinforce that the parentheses are important to correctly delimit the operand of the function for grading.

LEGO-8185
When working in calcPad or physPad, vector bolding some characters resulted in the characters incorrectly being replaced with unexpected characters on submission. For example, a bolded uppercase F became 폿. LEGO-7941

November 18, 2015

This release addresses some issues affecting students and instructors.

Resolved Issues

Issue Summary Issue Numbers
Stability upgrades for Marvin JS. QQ-15
mathPad, calcPad, and physPad answers were not vertically aligned when no submissions remained. LEGO-7721

November 9, 2015

This release replaces the MarvinSketch chemistry drawing tool with Marvin JS.

Marvin JS

  • Marvin JS does not require Java™, eliminating Java-related problems and improving browser compatibility.
  • All existing MarvinSketch questions now open in Marvin JS. MarvinSketch is no longer available.
  • Marvin JS grading algorithms are completely rewritten to correctly accept more equivalent student answers.
    Key grading improvements address:
    • equivalent structures with implicit/explicit hydrogen atoms
    • student answers specifying up or down wedge-dash bonds when the answer key is not specific
    • grading inconsistencies between different kinds of MarvinSketch questions
  • With Marvin JS, students draw structures in the assignment rather than in a new window.

November 4, 2015

This release provides code in preparation to replace the MarvinSketch tool with Marvin JS and addresses some issues affecting students and instructors.

Resolved Issues

Issue Summary Issue Numbers
Student Insights drop-downs were incorrectly sized. RA-2058

October 21, 2015

This release resolves some reported issues for instructors and students.

Resolved Issues

Issue Summary Issue Numbers
Pad answer blank can delete some or all of the student response during submission LEGO-8046

September 30, 2015

This release includes a new feature, Class Insights, that can help you identify which textbook topics you need to study. It also addresses some reported issues affecting instructors and students.

Class Insights

You can now use Class Insights reporting to help focus your study on the topics you most need to work on and practice differently randomized versions of assignment questions.

For more information, see My Class Insights.

Resolved Issues

Issue Summary Issue Numbers
Students could not start timed assignments using only the keyboard. LEGO-7239
mathPad, calcPad, and physPad: Rarely, errors occurred when saving or submitting answers that could not be parsed. LEGO-7883 , LEGO-7780
Ask Your Teacher messages did not wrap correctly in Firefox®. LEGO-6128

August 19, 2015

This release resolves some reported issues with usability and grading for mathPad, calcPad, and physPad.

Usability Improvements for mathPad, calcPad, and physPad

  • Parentheses are now automatically added around fractions when they are raised to exponents.
  • Students can now type all interval notation, including half-open and half-closed intervals.
  • Students can now paste into mathPad, calcPad, and physPad answer boxes.

Resolved Issues

Issue Summary Issue Numbers
Empty answers were incorrectly submitted. LEGO-7300
The help links for mathPad, calcPad, and physPadincorrectly opened in a new tab instead of the help window. LEGO-7279
The application behaved incorrectly after using the TAB key to navigate between mathPad, calcPad, and physPad answer boxes. LEGO-7277
Minor display issues. LEGO-7001, LEGO-7002 , LEGO-7276
Comma-delimited list items with fractions displayed incorrectly when input from keyboard. LEGO-7000
The answer was not submitted in its entirety if part of the answer was selected. LEGO-6999

August 5, 2015

This release resolves some reported issues for instructors and students.

Resolved Issues

Issue Summary Issue Numbers
Ask Your Teacher messages did not wrap correctly in Firefox. LEGO-6128
Students could not start timed assignments using only the keyboard. LEGO-7239

July 22, 2015

This release includes work on physPad.

Resolved Issues

Issue Summary Issue Numbers
A degree button was incorrectly displayed in physPad. LEGO-7295

July 1, 2015

This release includes work on instructor facing feature.