What is ALEKS and Where Did it Come From?
ALEKS (Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces) is an online, adaptive assessment and learning system proven to help students master math skills and achieve success in college-level courses. At the heart of ALEKS is an artificial intelligence engine that assesses each student individually and continuously.
ALEKS was born from NSF-funded research by mathematicians, cognitive scientists, and software engineers from the University of California, Irvine. It is the practical realization of Knowledge Space Theory, the field of study in mathematical cognitive science developed by the founders.
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How does ALEKS Work?
The system 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.
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