Replace ALEKS program in chemistry courses at DelVal with a more educational alternative
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ALEKS is an artificial intelligence and learning software used in many college and universities. ALEKS stands for Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces. This program is used at Delaware Valley University in chemistry courses and used as part of the students grade to complete the, what seems impossible, "topics". These topics fall into different categories in which the student must complete questions based on. If the student gets an answer wrong, he or she loses credit for one answer if he or she has already submitted one. Most topics do not even pertain to the material that is taught in class or on tests and quizzes. Topics are assigned weekly by professors and take MANY hours out of the students day to complete. Some students say ALEKS takes away from the actual class material and prevents them from learning what they need to know (often stating that the program only teaches them to cheat on the topics). Many reviews across the internet are rated 1 out of 5 stars, by both students and teachers alike, stating how awful the program is. As students who are committed to our education, we would like to find an alternative for this program, preferably graded assignments from the textbook in which we pay for instead of paying $179.95 (on top of the cost of the textbook) for a program that harms more than helps.
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