of Academic Affairs, in conjunction with the Departments of Mathematics and
Developmental Studies, is pleased to announce an exciting new approach to IUP’s
developmental math experience.
Nationally, and at IUP, developmental math
courses often present a significant challenge for many students, resulting in high
course D/F/W rates and delayed progress to graduation. Fortunately, recent
technological and pedagogical innovations now make it possible for IUP to
implement a customized math learning experience that has a proven track record
of facilitating significant improvement in math outcomes.
fall 2014, the departments of Developmental Studies and Mathematics, in
collaboration with Provost Timothy Moerland, are implementing adaptive computer
software, Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces (ALEKS), in all
developmental math courses (DVST 093, 095, and Math 100). ALEKS is adaptive
computer software that customizes the math learning experience based on
students’ demonstrated mastery of skills, and then allows students to progress
through units devoted to these skills at their own pace.
of ALEKS will be complemented with classroom support from course instructors and
trained undergraduate peer tutors. Tutors will be available in class and in
sessions outside of class. The combination of a tailored learning experience
with increased individualized assistance has been shown to significantly
improve performance in developmental math courses, important building blocks
for undergraduate success.
questions and more information, please contact either Francisco Alarcón,
chair of the Mathematics Department, or Melvin Jenkins, chair of
of Academic Affairs