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.

Salisbury University, MD
4 Year University / Public

Scenario: I use ALEKS in a traditional course with a textbook.
Purpose: Remediation, Preparation
ALEKS Course: Prep for College Algebra

Robert A. Johnson, Lecturer
My experience with ALEKS has been very good. I have found that students who use ALEKS show improvement in the course. Also, students who achieve an average of 80 percent on all ALEKS work increase their overall grade by 10 percent.


Scenario

Was ALEKS used in your course with all students or with targeted students?
Students in one of my two sections of the same course were selected for ALEKS.

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 do you structure your course periods with ALEKS?
I structure the course with one lecture followed by one lab.

How often are students encouraged or required to use ALEKS?
Days per week: 3
Hours per week: Students can do as many hours in ALEKS as needed.
Hours per term: Students can use ALEKS as much as needed.

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


Implementation

Please describe how you implement ALEKS into your course curriculum.
As topics are covered in the course, students are asked to do that section of ALEKS for reinforcement. Sometimes students are asked to do the sections before they are covered in the course.

Do you cover ALEKS topics in a particular order?
I use ALEKS topics in the order of the textbook.

Do you integrate a textbook with your course using ALEKS Textbook Integration? Please describe how you set up your chapter completion dates.
Yes. The students and I usually cover a chapter per week, depending on the material.

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

How do you incorporate ALEKS Quizzes into your course?
Sometimes the ALEKS Quizzes are used.

How do you incorporate ALEKS scheduled Assessments into your course?
I use the ALEKS assessment results to determine what needs to be covered.

How do you modify your regular instructional approach as a result of ALEKS?
I use ALEKS to assess what needs to be done and to reinforce the classroom instruction.

How do you use information from ALEKS to focus your teaching?
I use the information from ALEKS to determine what needs to be reviewed.


Grading

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

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
Students who achieve an average of 80 percent on all ALEKS work increase their grade by 10 percent.

Is ALEKS assigned to your students as all or part of their homework responsibilities?
100 percent.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Yes. Students must complete the work on ALEKS before a quiz or test is given on the material.

How do you track student progress in ALEKS?
I use the ALEKS Pie to track student progress.

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?
Yes.

Would you attribute any improved student performance in the course to ALEKS methodology or to some other factor?
Students who use ALEKS show improvement in the course.


Learning Outcomes

In general, how do the students feel about their progress in ALEKS?
Generally, most students feel good about their progress with ALEKS.


Best Practices

What challenges did you encounter when first implementing ALEKS and how can other instructors avoid these pitfalls?
I did not have any significant challenges when first using ALEKS.

What will you do differently when you implement ALEKS in your future course(s)?
I will ask students to begin working on ALEKS prior to the semester.

Which ALEKS course product(s) have you used in the past?
College Algebra

What best practices would you like to share with other instructors who are implementing ALEKS?
Other instructors should make sure that students begin working in ALEKS early and also show students that you are taking progress in ALEKS seriously.