1993

ALEKS: Personalized education


Human Centricity topics
The essence of the solution
Instruments
Affected categories of people
Employees
New Generations (e.g. Z)
Youth
Short case
description
Using artificial intelligence to identify their individual strengths and weaknesses, ALEKS customizes the learning path and content for each student to learn at a pace that’s right for them and creates personal education map. Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces (ALEKS) is a web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system for a fraction of the cost of a human tutor.
Situation
background
ALEKS was initially developed at UC Irvine starting in 1994 with support from a large National Science Foundation grant. The software was granted by UC Irvine's Office of Technology Alliances to ALEKS Corporation under an exclusive, worldwide, perpetual license. In 2013, the ALEKS Corporation was acquired by McGraw-Hill Education.
Problem
Statement
The need for students’ individualized learning since students enter classes with different levels of knowledge and backgrounds.
Steps
to solving
the problem
The program collects information about individual student's knowledge of the subject (math and chemisty) and offers an individualized plan of study: • Individualized Assessment and Learning for Grades 3-12 • Adaptive Environment Avoids Multiple-Choice Questions
• Artificial intelligence (AI) to map the details of each student's knowledge • Detailed Progress Monitoring on Student Mastery of Common Core and State Standards • Fully Bilingual Courses Available in English and Spanish • QuickTables - Math Fact Mastery Program
By continuously offering the student a selection of only the topics he or she is ready to learn right now, learning becomes more efficient and this builds student confidence and learning momentum
Built-in communication system for teacher and student
Offers online resources to help teachers integrate technology with classroom activities and home assignments
Courses can be used to provide a challenging curriculum for gifted students
Impact
In practical tests, ALEKS has boosted student engagement and reduced withdrawal rates by half. Class pass rates have also risen from 51% to 76%. (McGraw-Hill Higher Education)
Arizona State University consolidated their Developmental Math course and increased College Algebra pass rates from 62% to 74% with ALEKS.
Since implementing ALEKS in the 2016-17 school year, students at the Downtown Boxing Gym have demonstrated significant progress in math, averaging a 25.2 percent increase in math performance after using ALEKS for just nine weeks

Additional
information
"My students are now more engaged, and are progressing more rapidly. The greatest impact has been with my ADHD students; ALEKS has made a world of difference. My students vastly prefer ALEKS to textbook math methods."
Theodore Lindley, Teacher at Bethel Alternative Boarding School, AK