Bakersfield College

Bakersfield College Administration Building

Frequently Asked Questions

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 January 16, then you will be dropped from the course.  There are large group orientations scheduled for various times during the week prior to classes starting and on the first day 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.  If this requirement has not been fulfilled by January 16, then you will be dropped from the course.  This may require you to request time off of work.  Exceptions will only be made in the most extreme of circumstances.  The Math Learning Center is located in the West End of the Center for Student Success (CSS-140) on the second floor, 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. Orientation is required for ALL students enrolled in a hybrid course, including those students who are returning to finish up an Incomplete grade.

Do I have to buy a book?

There is no textbook required for this course.  However, you are required to purchase an ALEKS 360 student access code. A textbook is optional for Math B50. So any appropriate Pre-Algebra book may be used in conjunction with the course. For Math B60/Math B70, a digital copy of the text book will be provided when you use your access code and start the course in ALEKS.

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 Learning Center.  This is why we are called a “hybrid” online class – since you can’t do everything online. However, all students are strongly encouraged to come to the Math Learning Center to get face-to-face help.  If you fall behind or require extensions, then tutoring will be required.

What should I do if I can’t purchase my ALEKS access code yet?

You do receive a two week temporary access code.  If you think you might not be able to purchase the regular access code by the end of those two weeks, then you need to log in enough hours and complete enough milestones in advance so that you will not be dropped while you are waiting for more funds.  If you have done this but the time until you can purchase your code becomes longer than expected, then you should speak to the Math Lab Coordinator, Dr. Jonathan P. Brown, Ph.D., immediately to discuss options. Once you are able to buy it, you can need to catch up in the course requirements and come into the Math Learning Center 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 Learning Center staff.  If you fall more than 10 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?

If you are dropped the first time, then you can use your "no questions asked" reinstate by coming into the Math Learning Center in person.  You will have to fill out a reinstate form and complete 30 minutes of tutoring, and be current in the course requirements (hours and milestones).  Then, we will give you a form to take to Admissions and Records in order to reinstate.  Plan on arriving by 4:30 pm Monday - Thursday and by 11:00 am on Fridays(closed during summer semester) in order to complete the transaction in one trip, to be sure to get to Admissions and Records before they close.  While dropped, you need to still work on the ALEKS program.  Any time you complete while dropped will count toward your new total once you are reinstated.

 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.  You must become current to the normal schedule in hours and milestone requirements to reinstate.  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 “B” or better prior to the last day for adding a hybrid course (typically at the end of the 8th week of classes for Fall and Spring, end of 4th 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.

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