In order to better prepare our students for much of the assessments we have. DMS will offer a math class called ALEKS. This class will occur in a computer lab with a licensed math teacher. The entire class is web based and uses a variety of methods to help students understand math better. This class will increase our studentsí knowledge in all areas of math.
Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces is a Web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system. ALEKS uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine exactly what a student knows and doesn't know in a course. ALEKS then instructs the student on the topics she is most ready to learn. As a student works through a course, ALEKS periodically reassesses the student to ensure that topics learned are also retained. ALEKS courses are very complete in their topic coverage and ALEKS avoids multiple-choice questions. A student who shows a high level of mastery of an ALEKS course will be successful in the actual course he/she is taking.
ALEKS also provides the advantages of one-on-one instruction, 24/7, from virtually any Web-based computer.
The hope of offering this class is to give students more support in math so they are better prepared for the increase in demand for math knowledge in our society to that we can compete better globally.