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.

Washington State University, WA
4 Year Baccalaureate-Granting College / Public

Scenario: I use ALEKS in an online course without a textbook.
Purpose: Online Course, Remediation
ALEKS Course: Pre-Algebra

Carolyn R. Smith, Senior Instructor


Was ALEKS used in your course with all students or with targeted students?
We target students based on their placement exam scores. If they show a need for remediation, we place them into our Arithmetic course. They remain Washington State University students, but are not placed in any other course aside from Math 100.

Number of students who used ALEKS for the course and term:
Number of sections: 3-4
Number of students per ALEKS section: 30
Total students enrolled in this ALEKS course: 90-120

How do you structure your course periods with ALEKS?
Our course periods are completely structured around ALEKS time online or traditional testing. Worksheets and other ALEKS supplements are treated as homework or individual work outside of class.

How often are students encouraged or required to use ALEKS?
Days per week: 5
Hours per week: Varies
Hours per term: Varies


Do you integrate a textbook with your course using ALEKS Textbook Integration? Please describe how you set up your chapter completion dates.

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

How do you incorporate ALEKS homework assignments into your course?
Homework from ALEKS was an important part of the course. Students were not allowed to test on a topic they lacked until both the online wedge requirement and the assigned homework were complete.

How do you use information from ALEKS to focus your teaching?
I use the Instructor Module often to reference student pie wedges, progress, assessment schedules, and time spent in ALEKS.


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

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
ALEKS is a prerequisite.  It is not part of the overall grade.

Best Practices

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