MATH 155 - ALEKS INFORMATION
Individual Sections, FALL 2012
|| Meeting time
|| Course code
| Section A100
|| Inst. Virginia Kim
|| MWF 9-9:50 a.m.
| Section B100
|| Inst. Virginia Kim
|| MWF 12-12:50 p.m.
| Section C100
|| Inst. Michael Zasada
|| MWF 8-8:50 a.m.
(click on the name to see the instructor's office hours)
The course strongly builds on material from College Algebra. Further
practice of these skills is developed via an online tutoring program:
ALEKS, which is MANDATORY
for all students. You are given an Initial
Assessment to determine your strengths and weaknesses. The
program uses artificial intelligence to provide tutoring solely in
those topics needed in its Learning Mode.
The course is divided into several "Intermediate Objectives" with the early ones covering a review
of material necessary for the class.
You need to begin work as soon as possible to ensure that the review material
is learned in the first couple of weeks to give you the necessary skills for the class.
For most students an average of 4
hours per week spent on ALEKS should be adequate,
although more time will probably be needed if your Initial Assessment
is poor, or if you have a lot of topics to complete in order to meet
an intermediate objective.
USING THE WEB:
- Do NOT access ALEKS from within Blackboard.
EVERYONE IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO PURCHASE ALEKS ONLINE
AS DETAILED BELOW!
- However, some codes are available at the NIU Bookstore as part of a
- If you purchase from the bookstore, follow the instructions below
under "Purchase Access Code & Register", but enter your Access
code rather than purchasing another code.
- DO NOT login to your old ALEKS account
and extend it: Purchase a new Subscription.
PURCHASE ACCESS CODE & REGISTER:
- Click on the link below and enter the course code for your
section found above; then follow the instructions to purchase ALEKS
PreCalculus (18 weeks) from McGraw-Hill and to register with ALEKS.
- carefully enter an e-mail address that you check regularly
- note your Login Name and Password for ALEKS.
Contact McGraw-Hill at 1-877-833-5524.
- If you intend to use ALEKS on a PUBLIC
COMPUTER or do not want to install a plugin:
- If you intend to use ALEKS on your PERSONAL
COMPUTER and are comfortable with installing plugins, then you
can make ALEKS more efficient:
- Use http://www.aleks.com to
- When you first login, ALEKS will attempt to install the ALEKS
plugin which you should allow.
- CUSTOMER SUPPORT:
- Initial Assessment to be completed
by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5
(but it is recommended that you start much earlier and have the
Initial Assessment completed BEFORE this date, so you have plenty
of time to complete Objective 1, due Monday, September
- When you first login to ALEKS you will be prompted to take the
Initial Assessment to analyze your knowledge of College
Algebra and PreCalculus.
- It should take 1 -2 hours but can be completed over several logins.
- Take it seriously and only answer "I don't
know" if you really have no idea!
- Your score is NOT your final ALEKS score but it will affect the
amount of work you need to get a good final score. For example,
answering "I don't know" to every question will mean that ALEKS
will require you to work many problems from Intermediate Algebra!
- Learning Mode:
- Following the presentation of assessment results, the system
will display a pie chart navigation tool ("MyPie"). By placing the
mouse pointer over slices of the pie, you can see which concepts
you are now most ready to learn. Not all slices will contain
concepts at any given time. They may have been mastered already,
or work may need to be done in other slices before they become
available. The concept you click on becomes your entry into the
Learning Mode. Dotted lines show what you need to work on next,
and the number of topics to be learned for the next Intermediate
Objective is shown.
- As you learn how to solve various problems, they will be
TENTATIVELY added to your pie.
- When several topics have been tentatively learned, you will get
a new Progress Assessment to see if you have
truly mastered the material.
- If you remain logged in to ALEKS with minimal progress for extended
periods then you may be given a Login Assessment.
These should be avoided!
- The material is split into several Intermediate
Objectives with due dates shown by clicking on the
Gradebook icon in ALEKS.
- #1 (Review and Ch. 3): 11:59 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10
- #2 (Ch. 5): 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19
- #3 (Ch. 6): 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9
- #4 (Ch. 7): 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17
- #5 (Ch. 8): 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6
- #6 (Ch. 9 and 11): 11:59 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7
FINAL ALEKS SCORE:
- Your Final score will be your Gradebook "Total Grade" as of
Midnight Tuesday, December 11. Your
final Aleks gradebook score, a percentage out of 100, will then be
multiplied by 1.5, so that all scores are correctly scaled out of
- If your Initial Assessment is a perfect 100%, you will receive a
25 point bonus and are done with ALEKS.
- If your (Assessment + Learning) score reaches 100% you will be
offered a "Goal Assessment".
- If you complete a Goal Assessment (or any other
Assessment showing you have mastered all topics) with
a perfect 100% by Midnight Tuesday, Dec. 11
, you will receive a 25 point