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Guest Post: Using MyOMLab at San Francisco State University

April 25, 2013

ozgur ozlukDr. Ozgur Ozluk is Associate Professor of Decision Sciences at San Francisco State University. Click here to see his syllabus, which is posted on our blog.

When I heard of MyOMLab, developed for our Heizer-Render textbook, a few years ago, I nearly jumped out of my seat. If you are teaching at a state university with no Ph.D. program (read no Teaching Assistants),  it seems impossible to stay afloat over the sea of grading during a semester. Exams, homework assignments, projects, quizzes keep piling up.

So I immediately signed up for MyOMLab. After a bit of a learning curve, it was a breeze to set up online homework assignments/quizzes for my classes. At the start, there were some painful moments, requisite with any technological adoption. But the members of support group for MyOMLab were responsive, helpful and open to constructive feedback. Once the few kinks were cleared, this online platform became an integral component of my teaching. I definitely felt less over-worked and more relaxed.

And what about the students? I can safely report that they are also satisfied with the experience. The beginning of every semester is not without its trials and tribulations, while the students are trying to feel their way through the online system. However, within a few weeks they feel at ease with using MyOMLab. They are happy to they have an assessment tool that provides them almost instantaneous feedback and helps them with their meta-cognition skills. Pairing the online platform with my office hours makes it a great learning experience. It is a win-win situation for both the teacher and the student.

myomlabIn a recent conversation with Jay and Barry at the San Antonio INFORMS meeting, I was shocked to hear that only a quarter of the instructors who use their OM textbook utilize this robust and versatile online assessment platform. If you are of this three-quarters majority and still reading, you owe it to yourself to give MyOMLab a try. You will not regret it!

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