University adopts new mathematics placement testing; info sessions planned

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- After many years of mathematics placement using an internally developed and housed system, Penn State has recently signed a contract for mathematics placement testing with McGraw Hill/ALEKS, an online adaptive program that provides both placement testing and remediation.

The decision to pursue a vended placement and remediation solution was made at the urging of the Mathematics Department in consultation with Undergraduate Education (including Division of Undergraduate Studies, Student Orientation & Transition Programs and Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence), the University Academic Measurement Committee (UAMC), the University Advising Council (UAC) and Information Technology Services (ITS). The new test will be implemented to all new students beginning Nov. 1.

Representatives from ALEKS will be visiting campuses to help us understand this product and the changes we will see through its use. You can investigate ALEKS at http://www.aleks.com/highered in advance of these visits. Below is the schedule for regional campus visits as well as remote access information (all sessions are intended to cover the same information, so join any session that fits your schedule). Remote access information for each session is provided below. 

-- Tuesday Oct. 1: Host campus Berks (11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 - 3 p.m.). 
-- Wednesday Oct. 2: Host campus Hazleton (9:30 - 11 a.m. and 1 - 2:30 p.m.)
-- Thursday Oct. 3: Host campus University Park (8:30 - 10 a.m. in the HUB-Robeson Auditorium)
-- Friday Oct. 4: Host campus Greater Allegheny (9 - 10:30 a.m. and 1 - 2:30 p.m.)

To make sure you have the proper plugins to join the meeting, you can join a fictional meeting at http://www.webex.com/test-meeting.html. You may want to join the meeting about 10 minutes prior to the start time to provide time to download the plugin if needed.

To join a meeting remotely, you need to do two things:

1) Go to the appropriate URL for the meeting you are joining. On the right, there is a button for "Join." If the "Join" button is not yet clickable, the host has not started the meeting. Refresh your browser to check to seek if the "Join" button becomes clickable. Click this button and enter your name, your Penn State email address and the password "password."

2) Use a phone to dial the teleconference number and enter the passcode when prompted.

Oct. 1, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Topic: ALEKS PPL @ PSU Session 
Meeting password: password 

Please click the link below to see more information, or to join the meeting. 

https://mhhe.webex.com/mhhe/j.php?ED=171520942&UID=0&PW=NOTNlMGQ4M2Ni&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D 

Teleconference: 866-815-3384 
Passcode: 2092815 

Oct. 1, 1:30 to 3 p.m. 

Topic: ALEKS PPL @ PSU Session 
Meeting password: password 

Please click the link below to see more information, or to join the meeting. 

https://mhhe.webex.com/mhhe/j.php?ED=171521472&UID=0&PW=NZGM1MzVhYWJm&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D 

Teleconference: 866-815-3384 
Passcode: 2092815 

Oct. 2, 9:30 to 11 a.m. 

Topic: ALEKS PPL @ PSU Session 
Meeting password: password 

Please click the link below to see more information, or to join the meeting. 

https://mhhe.webex.com/mhhe/j.php?ED=171521287&UID=0&PW=NMWYzNTIzNzRl&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D 

Teleconference: 866-815-3384 
Passcode: 2092815 

Oct. 2, 1 to 2:30 p.m. 

Topic: ALEKS PPL @ PSU Session 
Meeting password: password 

Please click the link below to see more information, or to join the meeting. 

https://mhhe.webex.com/mhhe/j.php?ED=171521307&UID=0&PW=NNGJhNTliYmFj&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D 

Teleconference: 866-815-3384 
Passcode: 2092815 

Oct. 3, 8:30 to 10 a.m.

Topic: ALEKS PPL @ PSU Session 
Meeting password: password 

Please click the link below to see more information, or to join the meeting. 

https://mhhe.webex.com/mhhe/j.php?ED=171521357&UID=0&PW=NYmFiNDAzMTVk&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D 

Teleconference: 866-815-3384 
Passcode: 2092815 

Oct. 4, 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Topic: ALEKS PPL @ PSU Session 
Meeting password: password 

Please click the link below to see more information, or to join the meeting. 

https://mhhe.webex.com/mhhe/j.php?ED=171521377&UID=0&PW=NYjc0YmZhOWM4&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D 

Teleconference: 866-815-3384 
Passcode: 2092815 

Oct. 4, 1 to 2:30 p.m. 

Topic: ALEKS PPL @ PSU Session 
Meeting password: password 

Please click the link below to see more information, or to join the meeting. 

https://mhhe.webex.com/mhhe/j.php?ED=171521417&UID=0&PW=NNDI3ZmRjYTE2&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D 

Teleconference: 866-815-3384 
Passcode: 2092815 

 

 

Contacts: 
Last Updated October 01, 2013