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.

Bucks County Community College, PA
2 Year Community College

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

Barbara Pearl, Instructor
Students who use ALEKS improve in pre- and post-tests. I use ALEKS to support students with Pre-Algebra and Beginning algebra instruction.


Scenario

What challenges did your students or institution face prior to using ALEKS?
Motivating students to learn the material and retain Basic Algebra concepts was a challenge.

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: 27
Total students enrolled in this ALEKS course: 27

How often are students encouraged or required to use ALEKS?
Days per week: 5
Hours per week: 10
Hours per term: 60


Implementation

Please describe how you implement ALEKS into your course curriculum.
ALEKS is the course curriculum. Students use ALEKS the whole time during the period.

Do you cover ALEKS topics in a particular order?
Students take the initial assessment and then work on their specific needs in 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 daily throughout the term.

How do you incorporate ALEKS Quizzes into your course?
Quizzes are used to determine if students have mastered the skills they are working on.

How do you incorporate ALEKS homework assignments into your course?
There is no formal homework assigned but students have the option to work on ALEKS at home.

How do you incorporate ALEKS scheduled Assessments into your course?
ALEKS generates assessments at different intervals to determine how students are doing. I print out the assessment results to communicate with students about their progress.

How do you modify your regular instructional approach as a result of ALEKS?
I work individually with each student based on what they need to improve.

How do you use information from ALEKS to focus your teaching?
When ALEKS identifies an area a student needs help with, I supplement ALEKS with additional materials and hand-outs.


Grading

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

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
It is a pass or fail course based on how much progress students make.

Is ALEKS assigned to your students as all or part of their homework responsibilities?
Some Students work on ALEKS at home, but it is not required.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
No. Progress is based on the pie chart and what ALEKS recommends for each student to complete. Requiring specific progress may be an option to help structure my course by providing incentives for students to meet.


Best Practices

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