From mobile support for tablets to new question types for math, science, and engineering, to a streamlined, customizable interface, Maple T.A. 10 offers students, instructors, and administrators a powerful environment for testing and assessment.
Waterloo, Canada (PRWEB) October 07, 2014
Maplesoft™, a leader in software products for technical education and research, announced today the release of the latest version of its popular testing and assessment tool, Maple T.A. ™. Maple T.A. is a powerful online testing and assessment system designed especially for courses involving mathematics, making it ideal for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses. Maple T.A. 10 incorporates customer feedback from students, instructors, and administrators to provide increased scope, usability, and flexibility for testing and assessment in an online environment.
With Maple T.A. 10, all Maple T.A. functionality is now accessible via standard web browsers on both computers and tablets, including iPad®, Android™ tablets, and more. All math-based features are fully supported on iPads, including standard math notation in questions and responses, as well as the full range of visualization options.
Maple T.A. 10 includes new questions types for technical assessment. With the new sketch question, instructors can ask students to sketch graphs, and Maple T.A. grades those graphs automatically. For instructors in engineering and science, Maple T.A. can now ask questions that require students to draw free body diagrams, and Maple T.A. will grade the result. In addition, the Math App question type, first introduced as a technology preview, is now fully supported. With gradeable Math Apps, instructors can provide students with specialized calculators, ask them to manipulate parameters until they have found the desired solution, give them interactive plots to explore, and much more.
Other enhancements include a completely redesigned interface that incorporates customer feedback from both instructors and students to create a more streamlined workflow; a new equation editor that eliminates the need for browser plug-ins; updates to the connectivity features that allow Maple T.A. to be seamlessly integrated into course management systems such as Blackboard, Moodle, and Brightspace by D2L; and more options for customizing the Maple T.A. interface.
“Maple T.A. 10 is an important step forward for STEM assessment,” says Paul DeMarco, Director of Development for Maple and Maple T.A. “From mobile support for tablets to new question types for math, science, and engineering, to a streamlined, customizable interface, Maple T.A. 10 offers students, instructors, and administrators a powerful environment for testing and assessment that can be integrated into any online course or learning management infrastructure.”
Based on Maple T.A. 10, Maplesoft will shortly be releasing a new version of the Maple T.A. MAA Placement Test Suite, which offers the renowned placement tests from the Mathematical Association of America in the online testing environment of Maple T.A. The latest release takes advantage of the streamlined interface and other new features of Maple T.A. 10, and also includes new testing content to determine if students understand the concepts needs for success in their algebra and precalculus courses.
Maple T.A. 10 is available as both a Maplesoft-hosted or school-hosted solution. Interface translations are available for French, Brazilian Portuguese, Korean, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, and more.
Maplesoft™, a subsidiary of Cybernet Systems Co., Ltd. in Japan, has over 25 years of experience developing products for technical education and research, offering a solution that applies to every aspect of academic life. Its product suite reflects the philosophy that given great tools, people can do great things.
Maplesoft’s core technology is the world’s most advanced symbolic computation engine, which is the foundation for all of its products, including Maple™, the technical computing and documentation environment; MapleSim™, the high-performance, multi-domain modeling and simulation tool for physical systems; and Maple T.A.™, a web-based system for creating and assessing online tests and assignments.
Maplesoft also introduced a fundamental shift in technical education through its Clickable Math™ and Clickable Engineering™ initiatives. The idea behind this shift is to create technology that will allow students and teachers to focus on the concepts, not the tool. These initiatives deliver powerful mathematics through visual, interactive point-and-click methods in Maple, while the intuitive physical modeling environment of MapleSim helps teachers to quickly demonstrate the connection between modeling concepts and the underlying mathematical theory.
Over 90% of advanced research institutions and universities worldwide, including MIT, Stanford, Oxford, the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the U.S. Department of Energy, have adopted Maplesoft solutions to enhance their education and research activities. In industry Maplesoft’s customers include Ford, Toyota, NASA, Canadian Space Agency, Motorola, and DreamWorks, covering sectors such as automotive, aerospace, electronics, defense, consumer products, and entertainment.
Visit http://www.maplesoft.com to learn more.
About Cybernet Systems Co., Ltd.
CYBERNET SYSTEMS in Japan provides world-class solutions and services in the CAE and IT areas. For more information, visit http://www.cybernet.co.jp/english/