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.

Texas A&M International University, TX
4 Year University / Public

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

Miguel San Miguel, Instructor
I use ALEKS in three different courses. Sixty percent of the students who completed the ALEKS program, placed into College Algebra courses. ALEKS saves students' time and money by helping them place into the math course they are prepared for, instead of going through semesters of development math.


Scenario

Was ALEKS used in your course with all students or with targeted students?
We work with small groups selected by a program coordinator.

Number of students who used ALEKS for the course and term:
Number of sections: 3
Number of students per ALEKS section: 12
Total students enrolled in this ALEKS course: 36

How do you structure your course periods with ALEKS?
We have a three hour lab and a three hour lecture combined with study groups. 

How often are students encouraged or required to use ALEKS?
Days per week: 4
Hours per week: 12
Hours per term: 40

For the sections that do NOT use ALEKS during this specific term, what do they work on in place of ALEKS?
MyMathLab.


Implementation

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

How do you incorporate ALEKS scheduled Assessments into your course?
Students complete assessments as automatically assigned by ALEKS.

How do you modify your regular instructional approach as a result of ALEKS?
I check the ALEKS reports to determine which topics most of them are having problems with and then give more time for completion.

How do you use information from ALEKS to focus your teaching?
The data ALEKS provides is good for feedback.


Grading

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
I did not.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
With College Algebra, we tried to require the students to make regular amounts of hours and progress. I found that students who spent more time were the ones that achieved better grades overall.

How do you track student progress in ALEKS?
I use the ALEKS Detailed Progress Report to show how the student has progressed since their last assessment.

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?
Of the 30 College Algebra students, the six students who earned A's, were the same students who spent the most hours in ALEKS throughout the term.


Best Practices

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