6.4.9 Topic Recommendation Tool (TREC)
Figure 6.38: Topic Recommendation Tool (TREC)
Figure 6.39: Tagging Feature
The ALEKS Topic Recommendation Tool (TREC) provides instructors
with a way to add prerequisite topics to their course content that may
have been omitted during the creation/editing process
The TREC tool is only displayed when necessary. For example, if an
instructor only changes objective due dates, without changing any actual
content, TREC will be skipped.
The TREC Tool displays one or more columns of recommended prerequisite
topics, and instructors must select a column before being able to continue.
Selecting the Details link will allow you to see how a
topic relates to other topics.
Adding Topics to a Course
Clicking on the Options link will display more
information about the topic and allow you to add the topic to an existing
objective. Adding a prerequisite topic to an objective makes the topic a
goal topic in that objective.
Topics may also be added to the course content, that are not added to an
objective. These topics when completed will not count toward objective
grades, if the gradebook has been enabled for the course.
The Class Content section of the Class
Summary page will contain a breakdown of goal topics and
prerequisite topics if applicable
There will also be a link to edit the prerequisites in the TREC tool on the
Class Content section. This breakdown of goal and prerequisite topics will
also be included on the Course Syllabus
Currently in Class
After the course content has been edited, a Currently in
Class column will appear. These topics are prerequisite topics
that are currently in the course content but not part of any particular
These topics are recommended prerequisite topics that support instructional
scaffolding and optimal learning. This selection should be used with
typical classes that have some students who need additional review.
These prerequisite topics are the minimum number of topics required for
students to complete goal topics. This selection should only be used for
classes where all the students do NOT need review of
Instructors can choose not to add any topics. This selection will not
retain prerequisite topics; all previously added prerequisite topics will
New Tagging Feature
On subsequent visits to the TREC tool, topics not previously recommended to
the instructor will be identified as new