National Louis University

Mathematics

National Louis University

Why did you choose alta?

I chose alta after carefully evaluating multiple adaptive products. alta is able to identify students who are struggling at the learning objective level, and offers additional instruction as well as showing prerequisite knowledge problems to help identify the gaps in student progress.  

How do you use alta?

I currently use alta in our Career Development Seminar, a zero-credit hour course which involves one hour of career readiness skills and two hours of math corequisite, primarily pre-algebra topics. Moving forward, we will be using alta in four additional Math courses.

How did alta impact student performance in your course?

In our first quarter, when alta was used in Career Development Seminar, we saw the students’ average grade in MTH-101 go from 69% to a 70%. We are currently completing our first full year of using alta as a co-requisite to the Math courses. This 1% increase seems small, but it has been significant to us because it moved the students’ average grade from failing to passing.

What advice would you give instructors considering adopting alta to help get them started?

Communicate clearly to students how making progress in alta works. Students need to be aware that, while correctly answering questions moves them closer to completion, missing questions will also move them further away. This gives each question a new level of importance, and students give their full effort from the first problem, all the way to the final question.

Knewton's 2017 Student Data Insights

To measure alta’s impact on mastery across instructors, institutions and disciplines, Knewton analyzed the results of more than 10,000 students who used alta in 2017. The high-level findings:

  • Students using alta demonstrate proficiency by completing assignments at high rates.
  • Completing alta assignments is directly correlated with better performance on summative assessments.
  • Alta provides the biggest benefit to students who need it most.