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.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada
4 Year Baccalaureate-Granting College / Public

Scenario: I use ALEKS in an online course without a textbook.
Purpose: Core Curriculum
ALEKS Course: Basic Math

Geoffrey Dean, Instructor
I use ALEKS with college-prep math from Basic Math through Intermediate Algebra, in both semester-style and individualized math lab classes. I also use it in distance-education online courses. For one of our math and physics courses for Power Line Technician apprentices, the ALEKS Math Prep for College Physics course is the perfect pairing for the Electrical Theory and basic physics workbooks that make up the rest of the course materials. I have found that students who spend more time on ALEKS achieve higher grades; students using ALEKS have few questions - a sign of how ALEKS is helpful, thorough, and comprehensive.


Scenario

Number of students who used ALEKS for the course and term:
Number of sections: 1
Number of students per ALEKS section: 19
Total students enrolled in this ALEKS course: 24

How do you structure your course periods with ALEKS?
Students complete ALEKS independently and are able to attend drop-in tutorial sessions if they wish.

How often are students encouraged or required to use ALEKS?
Days per week: 3
Hours per week: 6
Hours per term: 75

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


Implementation

Please describe how you implement ALEKS into your course curriculum.
Applicants to entry-level trades training programs at our university are assessed to determine if their math skills are adequate; an ALEKS Basic Math course is used for this assessment. For students who score too low, a Math Upgrading course is offered; students can choose to do this by using ALEKS or a set of five Basic Math workbooks.

Do you cover ALEKS topics in a particular order?
No. Students choose the topics from their ALEKS Pie.

Do you integrate a textbook with your course using ALEKS Textbook Integration? Please describe how you set up your chapter completion dates.
No.

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?
Given the continuous-entry nature of this course, scheduled quizzes and other assignments aren't workable, and I haven't seen that they're necessary or useful.

How do you modify your regular instructional approach as a result of ALEKS?
Students using ALEKS have few questions - a sign of how ALEKS is helpful, thorough, and comprehensive. I respond to students' questions when needed.

How do you use information from ALEKS to focus your teaching?
I look at the ALEKS initial assessment results to determine if a student who has chosen to use the workbooks instead of ALEKS can skip initial sections in the workbook.

How do you use ALEKS in conjunction with any other learning management systems, course management programs, etc.?
I manually copy ALEKS information into my student records.


Grading

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

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
The course is Pass/Fail and not time-limited. Those who complete the work in ALEKS or in the workbooks pass; those who don't fail.


Best Practices

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