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.

Granite State College, NH
4 Year Baccalaureate-Granting College / Public

Scenario: I use ALEKS in a traditional course without a textbook.
Purpose: Core Curriculum
ALEKS Course: Prep for Beginning Algebra

Michelle Hamlin, Professor


Scenario

What challenges did your students or institution face prior to using ALEKS?
I could not individualize instruction to meet my students' needs. They were at different places with respect to their knowledge of math.

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: 4
Total students enrolled in this ALEKS course: 12

How do you structure your course periods with ALEKS?
My class is three and a half hours long. I present a generic lesson for approximately 45 minutes and then students go online with ALEKS. During this time I go around to each student to review their work one-on-one for the remainder of the class time.

How often are students encouraged or required to use ALEKS?
Hours per week: 10
Hours per term: 85


Implementation

Please describe how you implement ALEKS into your course curriculum.
Lecture followed by ALEKS time.

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

How do you incorporate ALEKS Quizzes into your course?
I use the individualized worksheets as quizzes since each student is at a different level.

How do you incorporate ALEKS homework assignments into your course?
Students are required to spend a total of 10 hours per week on ALEKS.


Best Practices

Which ALEKS course product(s) have you used in the past?
Basic Math, Pre-Algebra, Prep for Beginning Algebra