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Getting started with WeBWorK
WeBWorK is an open-source online homework assignment and quizzing system now in use at over 700 colleges and universities worldwide. The purpose of the system is to give students access to homework problems over the internet and then accept and grade solutions as they are submitted. Students are encouraged to seek out help from their teachers and professors in labs and tutorials as they work through their assignments.
Normal usage of the system would be:
- Log in, download and print out an assignment.
- Complete the assignment away from the computer.
- Return to the computer and submit solutions.
Students are free to answer the questions in any order and at different times.
To log in to WeBWorK:
- Choose the course you are registered in (course listings can be found on this page).
- Log in using your University of Calgary IT username and password.
Note that your IT username is not the same as your eID. This username may be different from the one you use to access the My UCalgary portal.
If you do not have an IT username, you can self-register for one here.
If you have forgotten your password, you can get help recovering it here.
You will not be able to change your password from within WeBWorK. If you wish to change your password, visit the password management site.
If you have registered late or transferred from another section, it may take up to 24 hours before you are added to the system. If it takes longer, contact your professor. Once logged in, you will see the following options on the left side of the page:
- Begin homework sets
- Change email address
- See grades on WeBWorK assignments and quizzes
In the main frame, you will see a list of assignments. Click on an individual assignment to view the questions from that assignment. You can view a problem as many times as you would like without being required to answer the question. From this screen you can also download a copy of the assignment.
Some problems might allow for more than one attempt. However, rather than just taking guesses at the answers, you are encouraged to seek help from fellow students, the continuous tutorial, your teaching assistant or professor.
If you have any problems with the system, consult frequently asked questions at the bottom of this page.
FAQs (frequently asked questions)
If you are having any WeBWorK technical issues, please email our technical contact from your University of Calgary email address. Technicians are not authorized to send any information regarding student matters to other email addresses.
In your email, please indicate:
- Your name
- Your University of Calgary student ID number
- Your University of Calgary email address
- Your course name and number (e.g., AMAT 307)
- Your lecture number (e.g., L01)
- Your lab or tutorial number (e.g., B01 or T01)
- Your professor’s name
- Date of error/problem (e.g., May 9, 2019)
- Time of error/problem (e.g., 10:45 a.m.)
- Description of error/problem
Please only email concerning technical issues with WeBWorK. The technicians will not be able to answer mathematical questions.
If you are new to WeBWorK, please note that it make take 24 hours before you are added to the system. Make sure that you are using your IT username and password, which is not the same as your eID. If you have just transferred from one class to another, or have just registered for a class that uses WeBWorK, please wait before contacting your professor or support, as it may take up to a day for WeBWorK class lists to update. After this point, please verify your registration through the Student Centre and contact your professor.
During a quiz, help is not available. You may raise your hand and ask your teaching assistant to clarify what the question is asking. For assignments, it is very difficult for professors and teaching assistants to answer mathematical questions over email. If you need help with the material, consult the textbook or your fellow students. Help is available for most first year courses through the continuous tutorial. You may also approach your teaching assistant or professor during office hours to get additional help. The WeBWorK feedback form is for technical problems and the individuals answering these submissions will not be able to help with mathematical questions.
You are usually allowed several attempts on each question. If you are running low on attempts, it is probably a good idea to consult with your fellow students, the continuous tutorial, or your teaching assistant to ensure that you are on the right track.
Since you are already allowed multiple attempts, no extra attempts will be given. Since you can still check your answers after the due date, requests for extensions made after the due date has passed will generally be refused. Due dates for WeBWorK assignments are posted well in advance. If you wait until the last minute, you will not have time to fix any mistakes that you discover when submitting your answers.
Help is only available during working hours, so if you leave your assignment until the last evening or weekend you will not be able to obtain help with material you do not understand.
On an assignment, you should consult your fellow students. If they agree that your answer is correct, then you can check with the continuous tutorial or your teaching assistant. If they agree that your answer is correct, then contact your professor. If your question is on a quiz, you should ask your teaching assistant after the quiz is over.