9.5 Learning Mode
Students spend by far the greatest part of their time in ALEKS
in the Learning Mode. The features of the Learning Mode are designed
to provide a maximum of support to the student's growing mastery of
What is the Learning Mode?
The Learning Mode in ALEKS contains features to help students practice
and master specific statistical concepts and skills. In the Learning
Mode, students are always working on a specific concept that they have
chosen and that, in the system's estimation, they are fully prepared to
master. If the learner successfully solves an appropriate number of
problems based on that concept, the system will tentatively determine
that it has been mastered and offer a new choice of topics. If the
student has difficulty, the system will attempt to diagnose and interpret
the student's errors. It will also provide explanations of how to solve
problems and definitions of statistical terms. It may suggest the
name of a classmate who can help. If the student is unable to master
the concept right now, or if the student wishes to change topics, a new
choice of topics will be offered. After a certain amount of time has
been spent in the Learning Mode, or after a certain amount of progress
has been made, the student will automatically be reassessed.
What is the relationship between the Assessment Mode and the Learning
Mode in ALEKS?
The Assessment and Learning Modes work together in a cyclical fashion,
beginning with the Initial Assessment (Knowledge Check). A student is
assessed, and the results of the assessment serve as a basis for the
student's entry into the Learning Mode (the student works on concepts that
the assessment showed that student most "ready to learn"). After a
certain time in the Learning Mode, during which the results of the previous
assessment are tentatively updated according to whether the student masters
or fails to master new concepts, the student is reassessed and the cycle
begins again. In this sense, ALEKS is an interactive learning system
guided and powered by ongoing diagnostic assessment.
NOTE. Students who do not take an Initial Assessment will begin this cycle
in Learning Mode.