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 University / Public

Scenario: I use ALEKS in a traditional course with a textbook.
Purpose: Supplement
ALEKS Course: PreCalculus

Sandy Cooper, Associate Professor
Students are working in ALEKS more regularly this semester and we are hoping to see this reflected in their mastery of the material as demonstrated on exams.  We are just now grading the first exam of the semester and it looks promising. Students who work in ALEKS regularly are very positive.


Scenario

What challenges did your students or institution face prior to using ALEKS?
The success rate in PreCalculus and its impact on the retention of STEM majors were concerns. 

Number of students who used ALEKS for the course and term:
Number of sections: 7
Number of students per ALEKS section: 60
Total students enrolled in this ALEKS course: 400

How often are students encouraged or required to use ALEKS?
Hours per week: 4


Implementation

Please describe how you implement ALEKS into your course curriculum.
Students are required to work in ALEKS weekly; they have bi-weekly targets to meet in terms of their progress. Their ALEKS grade is based on how well they meet their goals which is approximately 15 percent of their final course grade.

Do you cover ALEKS topics in a particular order?
Yes, we link ALEKS to a textbook, so ALEKS and the textbook correspond.

Do you integrate a textbook with your course using ALEKS Textbook Integration? Please describe how you set up your chapter completion dates.
Yes. We set all the chapter deadlines way out so the students do the chapters in the correct order, but nothing is closed to them.

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?
This semester we are not using ALEKS Quizzes because we feel they block students out of Learning Mode for too much time.

How do you modify your regular instructional approach as a result of ALEKS?
The routine part of the students' practice is done in ALEKS. Written assignments are also used for applications and harder problems to bring together different concepts.


Best Practices

Which ALEKS course product(s) have you used in the past?
College Algebra with Trigonometry, PreCalculus, Prep for Calculus