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.

Erie Community College -- City Campus, NY
2 Year Community College

Scenario: I use ALEKS in a traditional course with a textbook.
Purpose: Core Curriculum, Homework
ALEKS Course: Beginning Algebra

David Usinski, Instructor
I currently use ALEKS for my Basic Math course, and appreciate the program ensuring that my students master skills before being allowed to progress. I notice a positive correlation between topics met and paper-and-pencil test scores. Many of my students feel that ALEKS is a great improvement from our previous system as they find ALEKS to be much more user-friendly.


Scenario

Number of students who used ALEKS for the course and term:
Number of sections: 2
Number of students per ALEKS section: 20
Total students enrolled in this ALEKS course: 40

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


Implementation

Please describe how you implement ALEKS into your course curriculum.
I implement ALEKS exclusively as a homework supplement, but my students do have time to work on ALEKS for around 15 minutes after my lectures for remediation.

Do you cover ALEKS topics in a particular order?
Yes. We use textbook integration and follow topics in the order of our textbook.

Do you integrate a textbook with your course using ALEKS Textbook Integration? Please describe how you set up your chapter completion dates.
Yes. I require completion of one chapter per week.

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


Grading

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

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
ALEKS represents 30 percent of my students' final grade.

Is ALEKS assigned to your students as all or part of their homework responsibilities?
ALEKS is 100 percent of my students' homework responsibilities.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
I set specific due dates for topic completion.

How do you track student progress in ALEKS?
I monitor my students' pie progress in order to determine the number of topics completed.

Do you notice that students who spend more time in ALEKS perform better in the course than those students who spend less time in ALEKS?
I am sure that some of my students would have failed my course without help from ALEKS.

Would you attribute any improved student performance in the course to ALEKS methodology or to some other factor?
Absolutely! ALEKS assessments make sure that the students know the concepts before allowing them access to more advanced topics.


Learning Outcomes

Please describe the learning outcomes your students have achieved using ALEKS.
I have limited experience with ALEKS, but so far, I am noticing a positive correlation between topics met and paper-and-pencil test scores.


Best Practices

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