The types of answers on WebAssign vary according to the nature of the question and may involve a number, letter, word or a more complex response. Simple factual answers can be graded either by the instructor or an automated program, whereas show-your-work, essays and other complex answers must be graded by the instructor. Answer keys are available to the instructor to facilitate grading.
After a student has completed an assignment, an instructor can respond in a number of ways. A simple mark might indicate a student has answered a question or part of a question correctly. A feedback bubble with comments might contain explanations or hints to point the student towards the answer. The instructor can also provide the student with the answer key along with the graded material. Students cannot access the answer key on their own unless the instructor allows it.
The instructor has a lot of discretion when setting up courses on WebAssign. He can use all or part of ready-made course packs available for some courses through WebAssign. The instructor's own course material, assignments and quizzes can be added to the ready-made content. The instructor can access and change the material at any time while the course is going on. He can also control the students' access to learning tools, responses, marks and overall scores.