1.2 The ALEKS Instructor's Manual
The purpose of the ALEKS Instructor's Manual is to provide
instructors with complete information on the operation of the system. Even
though ALEKS is not complex, our goal is to offer instructors
a clear idea of everything ALEKS does, how it works, and where to
find answers to questions.
ALEKS is user-friendly, and may be used without help from
the Instructor's Guide. Feel free to use the system now. If questions arise,
or if you want to learn more about ALEKS, this Instructor's Guide is intended
as a convenient and comprehensive reference.
NOTE. For a brief, comprehensive overview of ALEKS, turn directly to the
"Frequently Asked Questions" in Chapter 10.
The first chapters are those most likely to be used by instructors
new to ALEKS. Chapter 2,
"Quick Start," contains a concise checklist for those new to
ALEKS. Chapter 3, "Setup Guide for
Instructors," provides all of the information necessary for preparing to
use ALEKS with one or more classes. This ranges from technical and
installation requirements through the students' first ALEKS session
(which typically involves registration, tutorial, the Initial Assessment,
and entry into the Learning Mode). Much of the information here is the
same as that in Appendix A.
Chapters 4 through 7 contain descriptions of the principal parts of the
ALEKS system: Assessment Mode, Learning Mode, and the Instructor Module.
QuickTables, a tool for mastering math facts, is described in
The Instructor Module is discussed in Chapter 7.
Chapter 8 is a brief guide to teaching
with ALEKS, describing a range of scenarios and the ALEKS
features that support them.
Chapters 9 through 11
provide additional information that may be necessary or of interest to
instructors using ALEKS. Chapter 9,
"Knowledge Spaces and the Theory Behind ALEKS," explains the
history of Knowledge Space theory and its fundamental concepts, along
with the evolution of ALEKS itself. Also included is a bibliography
for those seeking to understand the theory behind ALEKS in greater
depth. Chapter 10 provides answers to
frequently asked questions about ALEKS. Chapter 11
gives the information necessary for obtaining technical and other support.
Appendix A contains the complete text of the ALEKS
Student User Guide. Appendix B contains
content summaries for ALEKS course products.