ALEKS - Assessment and Learning

Implementation Strategies

View a selection of implementation strategies from educators who are successfully using ALEKS to achieve dramatic learning outcomes. 

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Hauser Junior-Senior High School, Flat Rock-Hawcreek School District
Hope, IN

Grade(s): 7 - 12
Scenario: Computer Lab
Purpose: Intervention, At-Risk Students
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 25%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1.5 hours per week, 25 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Algebra 1, Algebra 2

Wanda Siebert, Math Department Chair
We use ALEKS in a computer lab setting for intervention 2-3 periods each week.


Scenario

How many days per week is class time dedicated to ALEKS?
2 days per week.

What is the average length of a class period when ALEKS is used?
45 minutes.


Implementation

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
No.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
Students work at their own pace. A teacher circulates throughout the lab to instruct as necessary and suggest objectives to work on.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I'm using the program in a Basic Skills class for which there is not a structured curriculum.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
Students are encouraged often, but it doesn't usually happen.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
We have not.


Grading

Is ALEKS assigned to your students as all or part of their homework responsibilities? If so, what part of the total homework load is it?
No.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
Students get "effort and participation" points.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
No.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
ALEKS has been useful in identifying prerequisite skills that students are lacking. Students don't seem to mind practicing their math facts using the QuickTables. They are also somewhat motivated to complete their pies.


Best Practices

Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
It seems easier to require students to complete a certain number of objectives each week as opposed to a minimum amount of time.