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.

Baton Rouge Community College, LA
2 Year Community College

Scenario: I use ALEKS in a traditional course without a textbook.
Purpose: Remediation, Preparation
ALEKS Course: Prep for College Algebra

William J. Forrest, Associate Professor


Scenario

Number of students who used ALEKS for the course and term:
Number of sections: 1
Number of students per ALEKS section: 26
Total students enrolled in this ALEKS course: 26

How do you structure your course periods with ALEKS?
I devoted the first day of class to introduce ALEKS and to show students how to register. The ALEKS work is completed individually by the students outside of class. I focus on strengthening student prerequisite skills needed for attempting a College Algebra course. After the students complete the initial diagnostic, their work in ALEKS is based on the percentage of their pie chart that is incomplete. The students are directed to use the Learning Mode to complete their pie slices.

How often are students encouraged or required to use ALEKS?
Days per week: No requirement. Individual needs varied
Hours per week: No requirement. Individual needs varied
Hours per term: No requirement. Individual needs varied


Implementation

Please describe how you implement ALEKS into your course curriculum.
The entire course consists of 600 total points. ALEKS is 8.3 percent of the students' final course grade. I award points for ALEKS in the following way: initial assessment equals ten points, 80-100 percent of pie complete equals 30 points, 60-79 percent pie complete equals 20 points, and 40-59 percent pie complete equals 10 points.

How often do you use the ALEKS Instructor Module?
I never use the Instructor Module.

How do you incorporate ALEKS scheduled Assessments into your course?
I allow ALEKS to do the assessments automatically.

How do you use information from ALEKS to focus your teaching?
I use ALEKS for remediation of skills the students should already know prior to attempting College Algebra. I do not have time in class to teach remedial skills, but must focus on the course content.


Grading

What percent of a student's grade does ALEKS make up?
8.3 percent.


Best Practices

Which ALEKS course product(s) have you used in the past?
Prep for College Algebra