1.1 What is ALEKS?
The ALEKS system is the product of years of cutting-edge research into
the mathematical modeling of human knowledge
(Chap. 8). The creators of ALEKS are
cognitive scientists, software engineers, and university professors.
In designing ALEKS, their goal was to achieve the utmost simplicity
of use without compromising the depth, rigor, or richness of
instruction at its inspirational best. ALEKS is a
tool to empower both instructors and learners. It opens doors
into the assessment and representation of knowledge, and it breaks down
barriers to success by recognizing the vast diversity of paths that
lead to mastery. The ALEKS system can make a radical difference in
how learning is experienced.
ALEKS is an online system for the assessment and individualized
teaching of a variety of subjects. It can be accessed on the Internet from
virtually any computer and is designed to allow the monitoring and
management of students and courses at the instructor, college,
and system levels.
The core of the system is
an efficient, adaptive assessment engine that determines quickly and
precisely what an individual student knows (an assessment is also called a
knowledge check). Based on assessment data, the system is able to offer
material that the student is ready to learn.
The ALEKS Learning Mode
includes explanations and algorithmically generated practice problems,
ongoing assessment of student knowledge, an online dictionary,
and facilities for review and collaborative help. It can be used on an
independent basis or as a supplement to classroom instruction.