ALEKS - Assessment and Learning
   

Preface

 

Welcome to ALEKS, one of the most powerful educational tools available for learning mathematics. ALEKS combines advanced learning technology with the flexibility of the Internet, and provides an interactive tutoring system with unmatched features and capabilities.
The innovative features of ALEKS open new horizons for educators and learners alike in any educational context. The ALEKS class management system enables teachers and administrators to efficiently monitor student progress and provide focused instruction. With its unprecedented use of Artificial Intelligence, ALEKS determines quickly and precisely what your students know and what they need to learn, guiding them down individualized learning paths to mastery. The programs used are customizable, letting you conveniently add or subtract topics. As ALEKS is accessed on the Internet, no complicated technical preparation is needed---and your students can work at any time, from home or from the classroom! ALEKS can also be integrated with a variety of textbooks. It's a personal tutor for each of your students, at a fraction of what such services normally cost.
The benefits of using ALEKS are dramatic. Students work in a dynamic, interactive learning environment on precisely those materials that they are individually ready to learn, building momentum toward mastery. Students can access their ALEKS account around their own schedules and work on what they are ready to learn now. It is the personalized, "just-in-time" learning system.
ALEKS may be used in a variety of classroom situations---whether in a traditional classroom, or in a self-directed or distance-learning environment.
. Using the Student Access Code along with the Course Code provided by the teacher, the student registers on the ALEKS website.
This Teacher's Manual is intended to provide complete information on the functioning of ALEKS. A description of its contents can be found in Chapter 1.
Please also take time to explore the ALEKS website; it is a valuable source of information (http://www.aleks.com, Fig. 3.2). The website includes tours, overviews of ALEKS course products, troubleshooting and support information, training resources, and user guides. It also contains information on the theory and research behind ALEKS, forums for the exchange of ideas with other educators, and brief, recorded on-line training segments. To find the resources specific to the educational field you are in, click on the appropriate link on the ALEKS home page.