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.

Pikes Peak Community College, CO
2 Year Community College

Scenario: I use ALEKS in a two week Continuing Education course without a textbook.
Purpose: Remediation
ALEKS Course: Beginning Algebra

Marilyn Frydrych, Assistant Professor


Scenario

What challenges did your students or institution face prior to using ALEKS?
A high math failure rate leading to low retention of students.

Was ALEKS used in your course with all students or with targeted students?
All students.

Number of students who used ALEKS for the course and term:
Number of sections: 1
Number of students per ALEKS section: 15
Total students enrolled in this ALEKS course: 15

How do you structure your course periods with ALEKS?
Students use ALEKS for two hours each day; no lectures are presented. The students are expected to be at 80 percent by the end of the first week.

How often are students encouraged or required to use ALEKS?
Days per week: 6
Hours per week: 15
Hours per term: 30


Implementation

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

How do you use information from ALEKS to focus your teaching?
I use the assessment results to encourage and honor the students' improvement. Knowing the hours they log allows me to compliment those who are working hard. Originally, I asked the students to achieve 85 percent mastery. When many students passed this goal I encouraged all who were within range to go on to 100 percent mastery.


Grading

What percent of a student's grade does ALEKS make up?
0 percent.  There is no grade and the students' goal is to pass the ACCUPLACER test.


Best Practices

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