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ALEKS (Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces) is an online tutoring and assessment program[1] that includes course material in mathematics,[2] chemistry,[3] introductory statistics,[4] and business.[5]

Rather than being based on numerical test scores, ALEKS uses the theory of knowledge spaces to develop a combinatorial understanding of the set of topics a student does or doesn't understand from the answers to its test questions.[6] Based on this assessment, it determines the topics that the student is ready to learn and allows the student to choose from interactive learning modules for these topics.[7]

ALEKS was initially developed at UC Irvine starting in 1994 with support from a large National Science Foundation grant.[8] The software was granted by UC Irvine's Office of Technology Alliances to ALEKS Corporation under an exclusive, worldwide, perpetual license.[9] In 2013, the ALEKS Corporation was acquired by McGraw-Hill Education.[10]

Subjects covered[edit]

ALEKS is available for a variety of courses and subjects that cover K-12, higher education, and continuing education, ranging from basic arithmetic and chemistry to pre-calculus and MBA financial accounting preparation.[11]


  1. ^ Doignon & Falmagne (1999); Canfield (2001); Hardy (2004).
  2. ^ Canfield (2001); Alsup & Stillson (2003); Hardy (2004); Hagerty & Smith (2005); Tempelaar et al. (2006); Hampikian et al. (2007); Cheney et al. (2011).
  3. ^ Grayce (2013).
  4. ^ Miller (2005); Xu, Meyer & Morgan (2009).
  5. ^ Baxter & Thibodeau (2011).
  6. ^ Doignon & Falmagne (1999); Miller (2005); Baxter & Thibodeau (2011).
  7. ^ Canfield (2001).
  8. ^ "Bridging the gap: Adaptive learning program developed at UCI supplements and reinforces math and science skills - July 1, 2013, UCI News". UCI News. Retrieved 2014-11-22.
  9. ^ "Research Behind ALEKS".
  10. ^ "McGraw-Hill Education Agrees to Acquire ALEKS Corporation, Developer of Adaptive Learning Technology... - NEW YORK, June 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/". Retrieved 2014-03-25.
  11. ^ "Course offerings".


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