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.

Missouri Western State University, MO
4 Year University / Public

Scenario: I use ALEKS in a lab course without a textbook.
Purpose: Core Curriculum
ALEKS Course: PreCalculus

Julie Hansbrough, Instructor


Scenario

What challenges did your students or institution face prior to using ALEKS?
Our major challenges were not knowing student skill levels and not being able to differentiate instruction.

Number of students who used ALEKS for the course and term:
Number of sections: 3
Number of students per ALEKS section: 25
Total students enrolled in this ALEKS course: 75

How do you structure your course periods with ALEKS?
We offer lab courses without lectures, and also provide tutors and instructors to offer individual assistance as needed.

How often are students encouraged or required to use ALEKS?
Days per week: Varies
Hours per week: Varies
Hours per term: 40


Implementation

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 Quizzes into your course?
I create a quiz that covers the majority of the course topics and give my students the option to take it.

How do you incorporate ALEKS scheduled Assessments into your course?
I assign assessments every two weeks.

How do you modify your regular instructional approach as a result of ALEKS?
ALEKS allows me to offer individualized instruction to each student, instead of teaching to the class all at once.


Grading

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

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
We break the 250 pie topics into three phases, and require that students master a minimum of 80 topics per phase in order to pass the course.

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?
We require a minimum of 80 mastered topics per phase, or 220 topics mastered in order to complete the course.


Best Practices

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