1.2 The ALEKS Instructor's Manual
The purpose of the ALEKS Instructor's Manual is to provide
instructors with complete information on the operation of the system. Even
though ALEKS is not complex, our goal is to offer instructors
a clear idea of everything ALEKS does, how it works, and where to
find answers to questions.
ALEKS is user-friendly, and may be used without help from
the Instructor's Manual. Feel free to use the system now. If questions arise,
or if you want to learn more about ALEKS, this Instructor's Manual is intended
as a convenient and comprehensive reference.
NOTE. For a brief, comprehensive overview of ALEKS, turn directly to the
"Frequently Asked Questions" in Chapter 9.
The first chapters are those most likely to be used by instructors
new to ALEKS. Chapter 2,
"Quick Start," contains a concise checklist for those new to
ALEKS. Chapter 3, "Setup Guide for
Instructors," provides all of the information necessary for preparing to
use ALEKS with one or more courses. This ranges from technical and
installation requirements through the students' first ALEKS session
(which typically involves registration, tutorial, the Initial Assessment
(or Knowledge Check), and entry into the Learning Mode).
Chapters 4 through 6 contain descriptions of the principal parts of the
ALEKS system: Assessment Mode, Learning Mode, and the Instructor Module.
The Instructor Module is discussed in Chapter 6.
Chapter 7 is a brief guide to teaching
with ALEKS, describing a range of scenarios and the ALEKS
features that support them.
Chapters 8 through
10 provide additional information that may be
necessary or of interest to instructors using ALEKS.
Chapter 8, "Knowledge Spaces and the
Theory Behind ALEKS," explains the history of Knowledge Space theory
and its fundamental concepts, along with the evolution of ALEKS itself.
Also included is a bibliography for those seeking to understand the theory
behind ALEKS in greater depth.
Chapter 9 provides answers to frequently
asked questions about ALEKS.
Chapter 10 gives the information necessary
for obtaining technical and other support.
The ALEKS User's Guide is available to all students from the ALEKS
website. The User's Guide is reproduced here in
Appendix A. Unlike the other chapters of
the ALEKS Instructor's Manual, Appendix A is
addressed to student users of the system. It covers technical
requirements, installation, registration, the Tutorial, and ordinary use of
the system, as well as guidelines for effective use and troubleshooting
tips. Appendix A can be used by
instructors to obtain a brief but complete picture of how the system is
used. Appendix B contains content
summaries for ALEKS course products.