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.

Baldwin Wallace College, OH
4 Year University / Private

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

Jennifer Kucera, Adjunct Faculty


Scenario

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 do you structure your course periods with ALEKS?
Students use ALEKS solely during class. I am also available to tutor students who struggle with individual problems.

How often are students encouraged or required to use ALEKS?
Days per week: 3
Hours per week: 5
Hours per term: 75

For the sections that do NOT use ALEKS during this specific term, what do they work on in place of ALEKS?
All students worked on ALEKS.


Implementation

Please describe how you implement ALEKS into your course curriculum.
We first customized the Beginning Algebra topics that are appropriate for current and future courses. To pass this class, students must achieve a 75 percent or higher, which includes a required login time of 75 hours per semester. Comprehensive assessments are given every two weeks in order for students to hit the 75 percent mark for their grade. Once students complete an assessment, we print their results and discuss them to see what mistakes were made.

Do you cover ALEKS topics in a particular order?
No. We allow students to work on topics as they see fit.

Do you integrate a textbook with your course using ALEKS Textbook Integration? Please describe how you set up your chapter completion dates.
The textbook is optional for students, so no work is collected but is instead used as a reference.

How often do you use the ALEKS Instructor Module?
I use the Instructor Module a few times throughout the term.

How do you incorporate ALEKS scheduled Assessments into your course?
Students take comprehensive, no-notes assessment in class every two weeks.

How do you modify your regular instructional approach as a result of ALEKS?
My instructional approach is specific to each student's individual needs.


Best Practices

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