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.

Long Island University, NY
4 Year University / Private

Scenario: I use ALEKS in an online course with a textbook.
Purpose: Supplement, Homework, Extra Credit
ALEKS Course: Beginning Algebra

Boris Raskin, Instructor
ALEKS is a very productive program; hiding from homework is impossible for students, thanks to the ALEKS time and progress tracking capabilities. The passing rate and exam scores are much higher now that we have implemented ALEKS. Students are thoroughly guided through the course by the ALEKS artificial intelligence and feel gratified to see their immense progress.


Scenario

What challenges did your students or institution face prior to using ALEKS?
Students were inadequately prepared for the course material.

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: 1
Number of students per ALEKS section: 16
Total students enrolled in this ALEKS course: 16

How do you structure your course periods with ALEKS?
I lecture and then follow with a lab, twice a week.

How often are students encouraged or required to use ALEKS?
Days per week: 6
Hours per week: 4
Hours per term: 60


Implementation

Please describe how you implement ALEKS into your course curriculum.
Students work in the ALEKS Learning Mode by selecting topics that we cover during lectures.

Do you cover ALEKS topics in a particular order?
Yes, I set up my ALEKS course to follow the order of our textbook.

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

How do you incorporate ALEKS Quizzes into your course?
I assign ALEKS quizzes during lab hours.

How do you incorporate ALEKS homework assignments into your course?
I assign ALEKS homework assignments to promote learning of relevant topics.

How do you incorporate ALEKS scheduled Assessments into your course?
I just use the automatic ALEKS progress assessments throughout the term.

How do you modify your regular instructional approach as a result of ALEKS?
I look at the ALEKS quiz results to detect poorly learned material that I can review during lectures.

How do you use information from ALEKS to focus your teaching?
I use ALEKS quiz results to review poorly learned material and as preparation for exams.


Grading

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

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
The ALEKS lab component of the course comprised 10 percent of the overall grade. The remaining 90 percent of the grade was comprised of in-class exams.

Is ALEKS assigned to your students as all or part of their homework responsibilities?
ALEKS is assigned as 100 percent of the students' homework responsibilities.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Students received full credit if they complete 85% of their ALEKS pie. If they complete less than 85% of the pie, their grade is prorated to match their ALEKS progress.

How do you track student progress in ALEKS?
I use the "Learning progress since latest assessment" report and the "Quiz results for all students" report to monitor student progress.

Do you notice that students who spend more time in ALEKS perform better in the course than those students who spend less time in ALEKS?
Students who spend more time on ALEKS perform much better in the course.

Would you attribute any improved student performance in the course to ALEKS methodology or to some other factor?
ALEKS is responsible for better performance in the course if students spend time on the program.


Learning Outcomes

Please describe the learning outcomes your students have achieved using ALEKS.
The passing rate and exam scores are much higher now that we have implemented ALEKS. 

In general, how do the students feel about their progress in ALEKS?
Students feel gratified to see their immense progress in ALEKS.


Best Practices

What challenges did you encounter when first implementing ALEKS and how can other instructors avoid these pitfalls?
I did not encounter any problems when implementing ALEKS. It is an easy-to-use program for both instructors and students.

Which ALEKS course product(s) have you used in the past?
Pre-Algebra, Beginning Algebra, Intermediate Algebra