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.

Florida Community College at Jacksonville, FL
2 Year Community College

Scenario: I use ALEKS in a traditional course with a textbook.
Purpose: Emporium Model
ALEKS Course: Beginning Algebra

Nancy Eschen, Professor
I believe with its computer-driven practice and immediate feedback, ALEKS is absolutely and directly contributing to increased student performance, both cognitive and affective. Students using ALEKS in this course feel very in control and in charge of their own progress. I have only had positive feedback.


Scenario

What challenges did your students or institution face prior to using ALEKS?
Students had a low passing rate in prior preparatory courses.

Number of students who used ALEKS for the course and term:
Number of sections: 1
Number of students per ALEKS section: 25
Total students enrolled in this ALEKS course: 25

How often are students encouraged or required to use ALEKS?
Days per week: 2
Hours per week: 4
Hours per term: Varies due to self-paced nature of the course.

For the sections that do NOT use ALEKS during this specific term, what do they work on in place of ALEKS?
Other sections being taught use a variety of formats such as straight lecture, MyMathLab, group-based instruction, etcetera.


Implementation

Please describe how you implement ALEKS into your course curriculum.
ALEKS is implemented as the majority of my course curriculum. The students work independently in ALEKS with an instructor and a master student present in the lab to provide individual assistance if needed. Students are required to work four hours per week in ALEKS, but they are also given the opportunity to work on ALEKS outside of the class. All of the course instruction is completed through ALEKS, while some of the quizzing and testing is completed in both ALEKS and in the classroom.

Do you cover ALEKS topics in a particular order?
Yes. ALEKS content followed the order of the textbook as follows: Set notation and absolute value; Operations on integers; Operations on rational numbers; Exponents and order of operations; Variable expressions; Exponent rules and scientific notation; Polynomials; Factoring polys; Rational expressions and proportions; Solving linear equations; Solving linear inequalities; Radicals; Solving quadratics; and Graphing linear equations in two variables.

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

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?
This class is based on the emporium model with no lecture at all.  The course is entirely self-paced with individual tutoring on an as-needed basis.

How do you use information from ALEKS to focus your teaching?
The information from ALEKS is very important for me to determine where my students are in the course. I use the Learning Mode in the progress feature and review my students' ALEKS pies to track their progress.

How do you use ALEKS in conjunction with any other learning management systems, course management programs, etc.?
I also use Blackboard to list all of the course information, such as the syllabus, progression of topics and suggested schedule, guided notes, and announcements.


Grading

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


Best Practices

Which ALEKS course product(s) have you used in the past?
Basic Math