ALEKS - Assessment and Learning

Implementation Strategies

Our success stories encompass a wide variety of implementation models and best practices, from lecture-based to emporium labs to course redesigns. The flexibility of ALEKS made it simple and effective for these schools to improve their student success rates, and they are willing to share their strategies.

Truman College, IL
2 Year Community College

Scenario: I use ALEKS in an online course with a textbook.
Purpose: Supplement
ALEKS Course: Intermediate Algebra

Helen Valdez, Mathematics Department Chairperson
Over nine semesters, ALEKS has been used in several sections of our developmental courses. In general, ALEKS has helped to increase the level of engagement of our developmental mathematics students, and has provided our instructors the ability to give their students immediate feedback. ALEKS is a great tool for students to learn and practice many mathematics topics effectively. In addition, being able to get the immediate quiz results of all students is a powerful tool for the instructor.


Scenario

What challenges did your students or institution face prior to using ALEKS?
The traditional lecture style course was ineffective for our developmental mathematics students.

Was ALEKS used in your course with all students or with targeted students?
All students.

Number of students who used ALEKS for the course and term:
Number of sections: 14
Number of students per ALEKS section: 35
Total students enrolled in this ALEKS course: 490

How do you structure your course periods with ALEKS?
My course consists of a short lecture followed by time on ALEKS and group work activities.

How often are students encouraged or required to use ALEKS?
Hours per week: 5


Implementation

Do you integrate a textbook with your course using ALEKS Textbook Integration? Please describe how you set up your chapter completion dates.
No.

How often do you use the ALEKS Instructor Module?
I use the Instructor Module periodically throughout the term.

How do you incorporate ALEKS Quizzes into your course?
All course quizzes are done on ALEKS.

How do you incorporate ALEKS scheduled Assessments into your course?
The entire class is given an initial assessment, a mid-term assessment, and a final assessment. Only those students that finish their pie early are given a special assigned assessment.

How do you modify your regular instructional approach as a result of ALEKS?
The detailed item report of each quiz provides me with areas of the material that I need to review and assess.

How do you use information from ALEKS to focus your teaching?
I use ALEKS quizzes and quiz reports in order to focus my instruction on my students' weakest areas.

How do you use ALEKS in conjunction with any other learning management systems, course management programs, etc.?
I use ALEKS in conjunction with a set of PowerPoint class notes that are the core of the lessons, and are posted on Blackboard. Other key course documents such as course schedule, course syllabus were also on placed on Blackboard.


Grading

What percent of a student's grade does ALEKS make up?
ALEKS constitutes 40 percent of my students' final grade.


Best Practices

Which ALEKS course product(s) have you used in the past?
Beginning Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra with Trigonometry