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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Brown Deer High School, Brown Deer School District
Brown Deer, WI

Grade(s): 9 - 12
Scenario: Computer Lab
Purpose: At-Risk Students
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 25%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1 hour per week
ALEKS Course: Algebra 1

Denise Lansing, Teacher
ALEKS has been a great learning tool for the Algebra students to help reinforce concepts with practice and examples, and to deepen their understanding for mastering the material. There are good in-depth examples and practice problems for the concepts, which are really important for Algebra. I have seen students struggle at first with the wording and set up of ALEKS, but once they get over the learning curve, they do very well.


Scenario

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

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


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
ALEKS is part of the curriculum development.

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
Our curriculum follows the Algebra textbook.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
I lecture, and then have guided practice using ALEKS.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I develop quizzes on ALEKS which allows me to assess student learning of the concept. This also enables me to quickly modify my lesson plan.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
Often and daily, if needed.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
Parents are aware.


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?
Assessments and quizzes are 20 percent, along with mastering concepts.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Yes.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
I have seen students struggle at first with the wording and set up of ALEKS, but once they get over the learning curve, they do very well.


Best Practices

Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
Quizzes help assess quickly.