9. Monitoring Individual Progress
On the page "Progress report for a particular student in this course"
there is a line for each assessment taken by a particular student, with
bar graphs showing mastery as of that assessment and subsequent progress
made in the Learning Mode. The Initial Assessment is shown in the bottom
line, with later assessments "stacked" upward. By following progression
from earlier to later assessments, the instructor can see very clearly
how a student is progressing toward mastery of the subject matter.
Use caution in interpreting this information. Students vary widely in
how they master material. Progress made in the Learning Mode (green bar)
is not always immediately reflected in the student's level of mastery
on a subsequent assessment. Some students progress more quickly in
Assessment Mode than in the Learning Mode. In such cases the "new"
blue line is further ahead than the green line just below it. On the
other hand, many students make faster progress in the Learning Mode than
in assessment. In such cases the "new" blue line lags behind the
green line below it. It is very common for a student to master the
entire subject matter two or more times in the Learning Mode before that
mastery is finally confirmed in an assessment. Part of the power of
the ALEKS system is that it accommodates individual differences
NOTE. In cases where a student moves backward in his or her mastery,
the instructor should contact the student. If the student did not take
the assessment seriously enough, a new one can be requested.