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.

McHenry County College, IL
2 Year Community College

Scenario: I use ALEKS in a traditional course with a textbook.
Purpose: Supplement, Remediation
ALEKS Course: Beginning Algebra

Laura Middaugh, Instructor


What challenges did your students or institution face prior to using ALEKS?
Students were enrolling in our Beginning Algebra course with different mathematical backgrounds, and some had inadequate knowledge of basic mathematics.

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: 2
Number of students per ALEKS section: 36
Total students enrolled in this ALEKS course: 72

How often are students encouraged or required to use ALEKS?
Days per week: 1
Hours per week: 1
Hours per term: 15


Do you cover ALEKS topics in a particular order?
Students can work on topics in any order they choose, but I suggest topics that correlate with what they are studying in class.

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 never use the Instructor Module.

How do you modify your regular instructional approach as a result of ALEKS?
ALEKS has enhanced my instructional approach, so I have not had to modify it in any way.

How do you use ALEKS in conjunction with any other learning management systems, course management programs, etc.?
We use the Angel program to communicate with students and post grades, which includes their ALEKS grade.


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

Best Practices

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