I teach mathematics in a university. I want to encourage my students to ask and answer questions from each other to build a sense of community. Thus the proposal for a homework site.

I want a teacher to be able to open up a sub-site for his/her class. Everyone can view the posting but only the class members may post or answer.

Of course there is already the excellent math.stackexchange.com. But the point of view of a homework site is different. It is a limited site under the supervision of a teacher. As opposed to a site where everyone can post.

The site need not be limited to math. Just about any topic will do. My guess is that a large numbers of participants will come from teachers who look for some sort of well-orchestrated bulletin board.

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    As Yannis mentions, this isn't what Stack Exchange is about. However, anyone can setup their own Q&A platform using one of the SAAS or open source clones listed here.
    – jmort253
    Oct 10, 2012 at 6:17
  • Thanks. Would you know which one supports math input? (As in processing TeX code for typesetting math.) Or has a hosted version.
    – Maesumi
    Oct 10, 2012 at 13:49
  • I'm afraid I don't. I don't use these copies; I only know of them. :) Check out the links in the MSO post I gave you in my first comment. Good luck! :)
    – jmort253
    Oct 10, 2012 at 15:10
  • @Maesumi check out MathJax, and potentially the reddit source on github Apr 10, 2013 at 10:20

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I know that moodle allows math (LaTeX) input. Haven't tried it.

One of the problems with a Q&A site of any sort is to get enough people interested. A class is probably too small a group. Besides, there are many other places where a student can go to get answers without being noticed by the benevolent eyes of the teacher and assistants...

Just turn them loose on SE. They will seek answers and guidance here, and getting to discuss their troubles with others outside their limited local environment can only be beneficial. Seeing similar questions, a variety of solution techniques, and even wildly different material won't hurt.

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