Writing in math online

Posted on August 7, 2017


In my explorations of our learning management system, “Cobra,”  from D2L or Brightspace or whatever they’re calling it now… the math quizzes in one course have students enter fractions by stating what the numerator and the denominator are.

When it’s just a fraction, it still resembles a fraction — the numerator is above the denominator and there’s even a bit of a line separating them because of how the HTML lays out.

Mixed numbers, though, fail because all three numbers look like a column.

ALEKS has reasonable fraction entry — if you enter 2/3 it will re-format into fraction w/ horizontal bar, and it has a menu item to click to set things up, too.

I can’t find such a thing for students in D2L … I’ll browse Canvas …

but in the meantime there’s this: https://www.texthelp.com/en-us/products/equatio/   “Equatio”  .   It took seconds to download and install (on fast work computer)… tho’ I had to resort to “okay look everywhere to fidn what to click” to get it to come up on a Google Doc and.. I think a walk through like what ALEKS does would be in order.  Extract Math? What does that mean?   Oh, it’s what I *have* to do before I can “insert” what I “extract” (by typing things or clicking from a menu).

And… oh, it is only available on Google Docs and their editing platforms.

Still, it’s a game changer 🙂

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