How online homework can benefit students and educators.
Online homework saves time and paper and can improve learning outcomes.
What are online homework assignments?
Online homework describes any work a teacher assigns over the web that students must submit in the same way. As long as students have reliable internet access, teachers can post homework assignments online, collect student work, and provide immediate feedback on these electronic documents with PDF tools like Adobe Acrobat Pro.
How online homework is good for students.
Many researchers have examined whether students find it more difficult to complete homework online than with pencil and paper and whether moving homework online results in significant differences in student success.
In their paper “Online Homework: Does It Make a Difference?” physics professors Scott Bonham, Robert Beichner, and Duane Deardorff conclude that assigning and grading homework online is a viable option. They found that online homework makes little difference to student performance in college algebra and calculus courses. And in a survey, more students preferred doing their homework online than with paper.
Other studies found that some students who do online homework perform better than students who use traditional homework methods. Researchers from Western Michigan University and Medical University of South Carolina summarize several online homework studies in “Online Homework Versus Pen and Pencil Homework: Do the Benefits Outweigh the Costs?” and find some cases linking interactive, web-based homework to a greater understanding of the subject matter and better grades.
3. Practice with computer literacy
As more and more work moves onto the internet, students benefit from developing an early familiarity with online work. Through online homework assignments, students can practice their problem solving and critical thinking skills while also learning how to navigate electronic documents and digital document tools.
3. Access to technology.
Millions of students do not have access to the internet at home. These students face serious obstacles in being able to complete online homework assignments. Teachers and administrators need to be thoughtful and devoted to ensuring that every student has access to the tools they need to achieve the same learning outcomes as their peers.
Take more work online.
With Acrobat Pro, educators can do much more than assign and comment on homework. They can complete all of their grading online. Whatever their pedagogy, whether or not they use an online homework system, teachers can comment on student performance, share exam scores, and keep students connected no matter where they are.
And if your school already subscribes to Adobe Creative Cloud for students and teachers, you already have access to these valuable tools.