P376: Assessing ALEKS as a diagnostic and preparation tool for general and organic chemistry [WITHDRAWN]

Author: Ryan Sargeant, Brigham Young University-Idaho, USA

Co-Author: Kevin Muller, Brigham Young University-Idaho, USA; Amy Phelps, Middle Tennessee State University, USA

Date: 8/4/14

Time: 6:00 PM7:15 PM

Room: KC

Related Symposium: S33

ALEKS (Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces) is an adaptive, web-based tool that is gaining popularity in chemistry education. ALEKS can be employed as a pre-semester diagnosis, a preparation tool, or a homework system used throughout the semester. This study looks specifically at the pre-semester diagnostic and preparation component of the ALEKS program for both a first semester general chemistry course and a first semester organic chemistry course. Various aspects of student course performance were compared to their ALEKS initial assessment score in an effort to address the role of ALEKS as an indicator of student success. Students who completed the ALEKS preparation assignment were compared to students who did not complete the assignment in order to address the other potential role of ALEKS as a preparation tool.