Do I need to e-mail the instructor when I register for an ALEKS course?
No. Instead of e-mailing the instructor, you are required to attend an orientation for the course. If this requirement has not been fulfilled by the 3rd day of the semester, you will be dropped from the course. There are large group orientations scheduled for various times during the week prior to classes starting and/or the first week of classes. The location and times for the orientations can be found in the class schedule or by visiting the Distance Learning website. Be sure to arrive on time to the orientation, as latecomers will not be admitted.
What if I can’t make it to the orientations?
Orientation is required for ALL students enrolled in a hybrid course. You are strongly encouraged to attend one of the scheduled group orientations, especially if this is your first time in one of our hybrid courses. However, if you cannot make it at any of the times that are offered, you should contact the Math Lab AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to make other arrangements to complete this requirement. The Math Lab is located in the Learning Center, CSS-140, or can be reached by phone at 661-395-4530.
Do I have to come to orientation if I've taken a hybrid course before?
Even if you've been enrolled in a hybrid course before, you must still attend an orientation. However, you do not need to attend a large group orientation. Orientation is required for ALL students enrolled in a hybrid course, including those students who are returning to finish up an Incomplete grade. Come in to the Math Math Lab during the first 3 days of the semester to complete this requirement. The Math Lab is located in the Learning Center, CSS-140, or can be reached by phone at 661-395-4530.
Do I have to buy a book?
There is no textbook required for this course. However, you are required to purchase an ALEKS student access code. If you wish, any appropriate algebra book or ALEKS worktext may be used to supplement the online course materials. ALEKS also has free downloadable sections of textbooks linked to the courses.
How often do I have to come to campus? OR Why is this a “hybrid” online class?
You will have to come to the main Bakersfield College campus a minimum of five (5) times during the semester. Both the orientation and Proctored Assessments (for your grade in the course) can only be done on-campus in the Math Lab. This is why we are called a “hybrid” online class – since you can’t do everything online.
What should I do if I can’t purchase my ALEKS access code yet?
If you cannot purchase your access code, you should speak to the coordinator immediately to discuss options. Once you are able to buy it, you can come in to the Math Lab for an add slip to re-register for the class, and your required hours will start at that time. If you do not drop the class on your own, you will rapidly fall behind on your time requirement, and will likely be dropped by the instructor. In this case, to get back into the class you would be required to use your one-time-only reinstatement.
Do I have to keep putting in hours once my ALEKS pie is at 70% or better?
Yes. Unless you have scored a “C” or better on a PROCTORED ASSESSMENT, your hours will still be monitored by Math Lab staff. If you fall 11 or more hours behind, you will be dropped from the course.
What do I do to get back into my class after being dropped, and what will my required hours be?
To be reinstated into your course, you will need to visit the Math Lab and get a request to reinstate form. If your request is approved, you will receive a phone call from the Math Lab staff and you will need to return to the Math lab to obtain a reinstatement form. You must process this form at the Admissions & Records office to be re-enrolled before you may take any Proctored Assessments. Your total required hours will be figured using your last recorded time as a starting point, and adding each week’s hours to that. For example, if your last recorded time was 7.3 hours, and you were required to put in 5.5 hours each week, your hours for the next week would need to be at 12.8 to be fully caught up.
If I’m dropped, can I still work on ALEKS before being reinstated?
Yes. Hours that you spend on ALEKS prior to being reinstated will still be counted towards your hour requirement, and can help you get a head start. If you are dropped again after having been reinstated, you would have to get approval from the Math Lab Coordinator to be reinstated again.
Can I take more than one ALEKS course in a semester?
Yes! If you move quickly through the course material and complete your Proctored Assessment with a grade of “C” or better prior to the last day for adding a hybrid course (typically at the end of the 13th week of classes for Fall and Spring, end of 6th week for Summer) then you may add the next ALEKS course. Provided that your current ALEKS code has not expired, it can also be used for the following class.