Math 095 and ALEKS (Free trial)
Welcome to the Math 095 ALEKS Webpage at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. This site will give you information about how the ALEKS program is used in the teaching of Math 095 in this department.
What is ALEKS?
ALEKS is an acronym that stands for ASSESSMENT AND LEARNING IN KNOWLEDGE SPACES. The ALEKS system is an artificial-intelligence driven automated website designed to present students with regular math practice assignments and assess them on their retention of the practice material.
The Math 095 course content has been taken from ALEKS' library of math problems and built into online course sections of Math 095. Students who enroll in the ALEKS sections of 095 do all of their homework and assessments through the ALEKS system, where each student's progress is determined according to the percent of the course content mastered. Each student works through the course content at his or her own pace and in the order in which the student is ready to learn the concepts.
For a further explanation of how the ALEKS program is used in Math 095, read the sample course syllabus available through the link below. If you think you might be interested in enrolling in an ALEKS section of Math 095, reading the linked syllabus in its entirety is highly recommended.Sample Course Syllabus for Math 095 Sections Taught With ALEKS
Two combination courses are offered: a Math 090-095 course (now called Math 094) and a Math 095-105 course. Each of these combined courses is run using the ALEKS program. The philosophy behind these courses is that students who want to finish two lower-level math courses in the same semester may do so if they are willing to make the necessary effort and take advantage of the ability of ALEKS to help them move through the material as quickly as they can learn it.
Each of these combined courses meets 5 days a week, twice a day, in a computer lab. Students spend the majority of their time in these courses doing homework and assessments through ALEKS, while the time spent for instruction is dedicated toward helping students individually or in small groups and toward improving the students' problem-writing and problem-solving skills.
Math 090-095 Combined Course Taught With ALEKS
Math 095-105 Combined Course Taught With ALEKS
Hybrid 095 course
A hybrid Math 095 course is now available. This course is a combination of classroom (face-to-face) meetings and individual online work outside of the classroom. Students meet for only one 50 minute class period each week and spend the time they are not in the classroom working online. Students are expected to spend at least six hours per week working on ALEKS and at least two hours per week participating in online discussions via D2L. In addition, students complete other written homework assignments which are turned in at each class meeting. This class is ideal for students who like working on their own and desire the flexibility of working outside of traditional class times.
A further description of the hybrid course can be obtained through the corresponding links below to the course syllabus and the additional information handout given to the students on the first day of the course.
A new completely online Math 095 course has been created by the Department of Mathematical Sciences. It will be offered for the first time in the fall semester of the 2009-2010 academic year. This course is similar to the hybrid course described above but there is no face-to-face time. In particular, students are expected to spend at least eight hours per week working on ALEKS and at least one hour per week participating in online discussions via D2L. In addition, students complete other written homework assignments which are sent to the instructor. Although there are no face-to-face meetings, students must take the final exam in a proctored environment. This class is ideal for students who like working on their own and desire the flexibility of working outside of traditional class times. A further description of the online course can be obtained through the corresponding links below to the course syllabus and the additional information handout.
Visit the ALEKS Site For a Free Trial
A link to the ALEKS website has also been provided on this page, so that you may visit the website, learn about ALEKS, and even take a free 24-hour trial that shows you how homework and tests are generated by the program. Once you reach the ALEKS website, click on the link that allows you to "Take the Tour." This should take you to an option that allows you to set up your free 24-hour trial. Students who have any interest in enrolling in a section of Math 095 that uses ALEKS are strongly encouraged to visit the ALEKS website and take the free trial.