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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Great Lakes Bay Early College, Saginaw Intermediate School District
University Center, MI

Grade(s): 10 - 12
Scenario: Computer Lab
Purpose: Credit Recovery, College and Career Readiness, Core Curriculum
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 100%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 6 hours per week
ALEKS Course: Algebra 1, Traditional Algebra 1, High School Geometry, Algebra 2, Algebra 2 with Trigonometry, PreCalculus, Trigonometry, AP Statistics (Quantitative), High School Prep for Statistics, Math Review for AP Calculus

Kelli Meyette, Teacher
I am very pleased with ALEKS. Students ask very specific questions when working in the program. They no longer say, "I don't understand any of this" or "I don't understand this part of the problem." ALEKS allows me to teach to each student's needs.


Scenario

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

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


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
We have multiple courses going on during one class. It allows us to have a flexible schedule with the math classes.

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
No, the students are able to pick the topics they want to work on.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
Students work on the program during the whole class period, asking questions on an independent basis.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I have completely modified by teaching from lecturing students to allowing them to work independently.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
As often as necessary to finish the program by the deadline.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
We demonstrate how the parents can view their child's progress. We encourage them to ask their child to show them their progress.


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?
ALEKS is 100 percent of the students' grades.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Students have to accomplish 60 percent of their ALEKS course by the end of the first semester and 100 percent by the end of the second semester.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Since using ALEKS, I've see students generate more detailed questions because they have a better understanding of the material. Students now need to have the correct answer to problems and cannot have a partial understanding of the topic and move on. In addition, students are very happy when they master topics and complete a slice of the pie because they like knowing exactly where they are.


Best Practices

Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
Students can help each other even when they are working in different courses.