ALEKS is in an individualized course. Classes meet in a computer lab and the students complete their courses via ALEKS. ALEKS is based on Mastery Learning. Each student must spend at least 8 hours a week on the system and start at a different place based on an assessment. The students also completes the course at different times based on how quickly the topics are mastered.
Benefits of this system are:
- The program is Mastery Based; the students must show mastery of a topic before moving to the next topic.
- It is individualized, The student begins the program with an assessment that places each student at different levels based on ability.
- The student is given a “pie chart” full of topics. The student may choose to work on any part of the pie that is open to them. This makes the program very fluid. It is not a linear program in which a student must cover one topic before moving on to the next.
- The system contains assessments and practice. The students receive explanations while working on the practice problems. During the assessments, the students must work the problem without help.
- The system will not let them work on material they are not ready to learn.
- The assessments contain questions on two types of content. First there are questions on the content the student has already practiced. If the student misses these questions, they must go back and work on them again. Secondly there are questions on content they have not practiced to see if they already know it. If the student gets these questions correct, they will progress in completing their program.
- In this method the students have the opportunity to complete up to two courses during one semester.