ALEKS and inside Higher Ed

Posted on August 29, 2015

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http://www.neutralcycle.com/introducing-chambana-bike/   Oops, that has nothing to do with it but it’s really cool.   One of our local bike businesses has got 50 single speed ‘minimalist’ bikes that they will rent for *** $69 **** a semester.   (Erm, yes, they’re smart enough to want a deposit, too.)   They’ll maintain the bike.   Think about it:  single speed *is* minimal maintenance.

But, back to the *other* link: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/08/28/community-college-new-jersey-struggles-break-through-adaptive-math-courses  where using ALEKS for remedial math students is not working out too well.

The comments are informative:  yes, readers of Inside Higher Ed pretty much think certain lower forms of life aren’t worthy.   Heck, the whole program says that remedial math students aren’t worthy of actual instruction; they are at their little work stations plowing through the ‘adaptive’ lessons, monitored by adjuncts and the the like.

ALEKS is still All About Procedure.   http://www.carnegiefoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/stigler_dev-math.pdf  explains just how low the expectations for understandning are by students (and, probably, teachers).   Yet I can tell you ’cause it’s been happening all week they *can* learn to understand this stuff.

Time to tackle my homework to make stuff to help that happen.

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