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Faculty Resources

This is a page intended to organize important information for faculty.   Do not share with students. 

Helpful Links:


Resources for Teaching Online


Staying Connected


Teach a class.  Manage breakout rooms.  Run a meeting.  Hold office hours.  Zoom is a powerful tool which enables you to share video, audio, and virtual whiteboards.


Access:  Through Collaborate link on myCoyote.


Zoom Tutorials on YouTube:



Easily create and manage chat rooms for your classes.




Slack Tutorials on YouTube:

Automated Homework and Exam Systems


WeBWorK is a free, online homework system.  That means neither our students, nor the university, need to pay to use it.  It was created and maintained by mathematicians (and not business people) at the Mathematical Association of America (MAA).   It has a huge library of problems to select from in pretty much every subject we teach at CSUSB.  Students receive instantaneous feedback, and you do not need to grade their work.

I made a how-to guide here:

You can access CSUSB webwork sections here:


iMathAS / MyOpenMath.  

The Math 110 and 120 sequences use iMathAS.  It is based on MyOpenMath.


LockDown and Respondus

LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment in Blackboard Learn. When students use LockDown Browser to take a Blackboard test, they are unable to print, copy, go to other websites, access other applications, or close a test until it is submitted for grading. Tests created for use with LockDown Browser cannot be accessed with standard browsers, either.

Respondus Monitor is a webcam feature for LockDown Browser that records students during online, non-proctored exams. When this feature is enabled for a test, students are required to use a webcam and microphone with LockDown Browser. After the exam is complete, an instructor can review details of the assessment, even the recorded videos.


Access:  After creating and deploying a quiz or exam in the usual way in Blackboard, you access LockDown Browser with Monitor using the Blackboard Course Tools menu on the left side of the Blackboard screen, and assign LockDown Browser and Monitor to the deployed exam. We recommend that you create a practice exam to help students rehearse with this proctoring system before using it for graded exams.

LaTeX / Typing Up Mathematics


A good way to have students start learning LaTeX.  They can share projects with you, allowing you to help them.  Great for writing up assignments / projects remotely.



TeXShop / TeXWorks

Submitting / Grading Handwritten Assignments


How it works:

  1. For each assignment, students write it up (either by hand or with LaTeX) and either take a picture with their phones or scan/save it as a pdf.
  2. They submit it on the Gradescope website.
  3. My grader and I can view and grade each problem online.
  4. Students receive the feedback and can see both the grading rubric and comments

Students, my grader, and I never exchange any physical documents, so this can all be done remotely.



Gradescope Tutorials on YouTube:


Crowdmark is similar in use and function to Gradescope.  

Computing, Programming, Visualizing

CoCalc / Sage

A powerful free, open source, python based, programming language for mathematicians.  Great for any mid to upper divisional mathematics course.





GeoGebra is dynamic mathematics software for all levels of education that brings together geometry, algebra, spreadsheets, graphing, statistics and calculus in one easy-to-use package. GeoGebra has become the leading provider of dynamic mathematics software, supporting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and innovations in teaching and learning worldwide.