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Questions about WAMAP (WM):

Course Management System (CMS) Related Q&A

What is WAMAP?

Online classes typically use a course management system (CMS) which is a website where the students meet online for lessons, discussions, etc. Wamap.org is an open source CMS designed specifically for mathematics online courses. WAMAP (WM) is where we will meet for asynchronous discussions.

How do I register in WAMAP?

Registration in WAMAP is free. Go to www.wamap.org/forms.php?action=newuser and complete the information per the screenshot below (unless you already have an account).

Course ID Code in class syllabus: [ 089-091-093 | 090-095 | 103-111 | 151-152-153 ]

Where can I find the WAMAP course ID code?

The WAMAP Course ID Code is listed in your Class Syllabus linked here:
[ 089-091-093 | 090-095 | 103-111 | 151-152-153 ]

Why are we using WAMAP instead of a commercial product (eg. Canvas)?

WAMAP is an open source software designed in Washington state specifically for mathematics online courses. WAMAP has, in my professional opinion, many advantages over a commercial product. In comparison to Canvas, for instance: easy to navigate threaded discussion boards, reliable user-friendly math editor, built-in grapher, ability for instructor to provide personal feedback on individual posts, superiorly responsive support, tied to dozens of OER textbooks with pools of locally written problems, and ... it's completely free!

Does WAMAP offer any tutorials?

A brief "help" guide is available at Help Using WAMAP.

Who do I contact for tech support?

WAMAP provides very little tech support to students. If you have a tech question or problem then post it to the "General Q&A" discussion board in your WAMAP class or email the instructor directly.

How do I edit my profile or add a photo to my profile?

In your WAMAP class click HOME (upper left corner) which takes you to the page you get when you first login to WAMAP. Then click on your name (upper right corner). The account settings page pops up. There you can change your name, add your Clark Student Email, add a profile photo or image, etc.

Note: Keep your profile photo academically appropriate. Do not include anything that may be inflammatory such as religious quotes/symbols, political messages, gang-related symbols, nudity, guns, drugs, etc.

Can I set my WAMAP time-zone to Clark College time so I won't miss a DB deadline?

Yes! Great idea if you live outside Pacific time zone or will be traveling outside of that time zone. In your WAMAP class click HOME (upper left corner) which takes you to the page you get when you first login to WAMAP. Then click on your name (upper right corner).

The account settings page pops up. Scroll down and set the time zone as shown below. Then scroll down further and click "Update Info" button. Now your WAMAP account won't use your computer time, it will use Clark College time.

How do I find and post my response to a discussion question (DQ) assignment?

Please see directions in this PDF: How to find an assigned DQ in WAMAP and respond to it in the DQ thread

How do I change font colors or highlight text in a discussion board message?

The font in your discussion board post can be colored or highlighted. This is particularly useful when displaying math equations in plain text to bring attention to a specific portion of an expression as in x(x-2)+y(x-2)=(x-2)(x+y).

In the message compose window, select the text you wish to color/highlight, click the appropriate icon or drop-down arrow, a color-picker pop-up box will appear, click on the color of choice, and your text will be formatted.

How do I un-highlight text in a discussion board message?

The process of "un-highlighting" text is not intuitive since there is not a "no color" choice (like most office programs) in the color picker window. Instead, select the text and highlight it white.

How do I change the subject line in a reply message?

When you hit "reply" to a message in a discussion thread the subject line is automatically the original subject line. If you desire to change it (e.g., to better reflect the content of your message) or you are required to change it (e.g., in a worksheet thread where the subject line must contain the problem number) then simply cut the existing text and write your own subject line text.

Am I allowed to post an attachment to a discussion board message?

NO, all work must be shown in the body of the message and not in a separate attached file. Images such as graphs, sketches, screenshots may be permitted as images embedded in the post (see What kinds of images can be posted to a DB?), but separate files attached to the post are NOT allowed. (Why? They disrupt the flow of conversation, may spread viruses, inhibit students reading the boards on mobile devices or while traveling.)

How do I insert an image/graphic in a discussion board message?

Images or graphics (in .GIF, .PNG, or .JPG format) can be embedded using the "insert image" feature.

How can I see a list of just my posts?

Seeing a list of just your posts is a useful way to check how many posts you have made for the week. In the weekly forum, at the top of the page just below the search bar click "List Posts by Name".

Find your name in the list and then you can click the "+" sign to expand the post to see what you wrote. Click "Thread" to be taken to that threaded discussion. Also see Can you explain the feedback tags (S, R, X)?

How can I check my grade? When are grades updated? Why isn't my quiz score posted? Are the lowest two quiz scores already dropped?

Scores are posted in the gradebook in your CMS. They are updated weekly usually sometime between Saturday afternoon and Monday evening. A class announcement will be posted once the weekly grades are updated. Click "Gradebook" in your online classroom to access your current grade.

DQ scores will be shown in the "private feedback" on your DB post within 24 hours of their due date/time.

CPR scores: The score for non-DQ posts will have a score of "0" shown in the "private feedback", but this is just temporary! Scores will be added when the gradebook gets updated after the week ends. See next FAQ for more.

Quiz scores will be manually transferred from MML to your CMS one week AFTER its due date (to allow for any necessary score changes from quiz review requests to occur first).

Dropped quizzes: At some point in the term your lowest two quiz scores will be dropped. You will know because a little "d" will appear next to a dropped quiz score. It may be that one score is dropped at first, then increase to two dropped later, automatically adjusted throughout the term to your two lowest scores. Those dropped quiz scores are not included in your "total" grade in the gradebook and will have no negative effect on your final course letter grade. Note: If you have a "0" quiz score, until it is dropped your "total" grade will be artificially low so you'll have to calculate it manually.

Can you explain the feedback tags (S, R, X)? Why is my CPR score zero?

WAMAP has a "private feedback" feature on your posts in discussion boards that allows you to see your score and any private grading comments your professor might have provided. These scores and feedback comments are updated throughout the week. You can see them by revisiting your post on the discussion board or by going to the gradebook.

DQs will be tagged (e.g. "S") and scored (points earned) soon after their due date/time. However all non-DQ posts (e.g. "R" tags) get scored as "0" points initially. Don't fret ... the "0" is just temporary!

After the week ends, CPR scores get recorded (by Monday night) in the WAMAP gradebook so you can see your CPR score for the week including scores for quality (DQs), frequency (posting on 3 days), and quantity (posting 4 messages).

See FAQs - Tagging of Posts for what the S, R, and X tags mean.

Can you explain the numeric code (6-3-1) given for class participation in the feedback column of the gradebook?

After the week ends, CPR scores get recorded (by Monday night) in the WAMAP gradebook. The feedback column will contain a coded score that relates to the class participation points you earned that week. This score is comprised of three numbers and refers to the three components of the Class Participation Requirements (CPRs).

For example, if the score reads 6-1-0 then that means:
6 of 6 points for the "quality" component (substantive posts to each of two DQ, 3 pts each)
1 of 3 points for the "frequency" component (posting on at least 3 days)
0 of 1 points for the "quantity" component (making at least 4 posts)

The maximum score is 6-3-1 for a total of 10 points possible (except in week 1 when no CPRs are required).

How can I figure out what grade I need on the final exam in order to pass the class?

After the last quiz score is posted to the gradebook use the Grade Calculation Sheet (10-week fall-winter-spring classes ONLY! Not applicable in summer term.) It describes how you can calculate the score you need on the final exam to earn a particular grade in the class.