ALEKS - Assessment and Learning

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 Chapter 6.
  • 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.