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1 Getting Started

1.1 Introduction to Maple T.A.

Introduction to Questions, Assignments, and Gradebook in Maple T.A.

There are a variety of question types, including sophisticated math and science questions, that use the MapleTM computer algebra system, along with a range of assignment modes, powerful tools, and reports the system can generate. This makes Maple T.A. an ideal productivity enhancement for instructors, while giving students an individualized learning experience.

Content Repository

With Maple T.A., you create self-scoring assignments with questions drawn from the content repository. The system's assignments can help automate common learning activities that involve questions and problems in classes such as practice and proctored exams, tutorial sessions, homework assignments, and quizzes. The system can report on individual student performance, performance across a class section or across multiple sections of a class, and a statistical item analysis of questions.

The system can be configured to enable easy sharing of class content and assignments across sections of large classes.


From the Content Repository, you can also create assignments for a range of purposes, including:

  • Self-study practice
  • Mastery
  • Homework
  • Quizzes
  • Proctored exams requiring proctor validation

When an assignment is created, you specify the rules and policies for assignment access and due dates, grading parameters, and feedback options. After determining the content, rules, and policies, you publish an assignment to the class web site for students to use. Students can review the results of their previously completed assignments in the Gradebook.


After students complete an assignment, you can view the results in Gradebook or create downloadable performance reports that can be viewed in third-party gradebook programs or Microsoft® Excel. With Maple T.A., you can generate comprehensive performance reports for individual students, individual class sections, or multiple class sections. You can also perform a statistical item analysis of questions.

System Overview

Table 1.1: System Overview of Components



Quick Help

Class User Manager

  • Register users into your class
  • Remove users from your class
  • Search for users
  • Upload a class roster
  • Export a class roster

For more information, see Registering Users, Deleting an Instructor, Deleting a Proctor, and Class Rosters.

Class Manager

  • Edit your class information
  • Lock registration for your class
  • Allow anonymous access
  • Share your class content with others


For more information, see Locking and Unlocking Class Registration, Required Registration Information, and Shared Classes.


Content Repository

  • Create questions to use in your tests, quizzes, and assignments
  • Store, manage, and edit questions
  • Clone and import questions
  • Course modules


For detailed information, see Content RepositoryOrientation, and

Organizing and Sharing Questions.


For detailed information on assignments, see Creating and Managing Assignments, and Assignment Editor Step 3: Set Policies.


  • View individual and class results
  • Export to an external Gradebook
  • Force grade incomplete assignments


For detailed information, see Overview of the Gradebook, and Forced Grading.

Additional Tools

  • Change your password
  • Upload and manage reference files used in questions and assignments


For detailed information, see Changing Your Password, The Class File Manager, and Course Modules Overview.