**Article**

*ALEKS*
**ALEKS** (**A**ssessment and **Le**arning in **K**nowledge **S**paces) 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

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]}

## Notes

**^**Doignon & Falmagne (1999); Canfield (2001); Hardy (2004).**^**Canfield (2001); Alsup & Stillson (2003); Hardy (2004); Hagerty & Smith (2005); Tempelaar et al. (2006); Hampikian et al. (2007); Cheney et al. (2011).**^**Grayce (2013).**^**Miller (2005); Xu, Meyer & Morgan (2009).**^**Baxter & Thibodeau (2011).**^**Doignon & Falmagne (1999); Miller (2005); Baxter & Thibodeau (2011).**^**Canfield (2001).**^**"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.**^**"Research Behind ALEKS".**^**"McGraw-Hill Education Agrees to Acquire ALEKS Corporation, Developer of Adaptive Learning Technology... - NEW YORK, June 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/". Prnewswire.com. Retrieved 2014-03-25.**^**"Course offerings".

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