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Susan McClory

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Registered: 12/6/04
Posted: Nov 30, 2000 12:08 PM
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I originally sent my response only to Jodi. But, per Kate's request,
I'm now sending it to the entire list:

I have used Academic Systems, but not by choice. When I said "no thank
you" they went over and sold it to my VP who then shoved it done my
throat. Needless to say, it left a bad taste in my mouth. But, besides

that, it turned out to be a very expensive venture that the students did

not like. On the other hand, my counterpart at our CalPoly campus in
San Luis Obispo uses it exclusively for their remedial courses and loves

it. The main difference here is probably that they have a much higher
admission standard than the other CSU campuses and have a much smaller
remedial program.

I've spent considerable time looking at and comparing Interactive Math,
ALEKS, The Learning Equation and MathPass. I have found that each
package has its strengths and weaknesses but they all do about the same
thing as Academic Systems. Of all of them, I have found Academic
Systems and Interactive Math to be the most costly. I don't know about
you, but this is definitely an issue for me.

The Learning Equation is a nice package that doesn't come with the
baggage of a monster site license. Also, unlike AS, students do not
have to repurchase a license every semester if they don't finish. The
cost is borne by the student who either buys it bundled with a workbook
or as a stand-alone. One other advantage, is that you can use their
server for the management system.

For my own purposes, I'm leaning toward buying a COMPASS license ($450
per year) to do some diagnostic testing both in my area and the
writing. That will give me free use of MathPass (Addison Wesley) since
I'm already using an AWL textbook.

I hope this helps. I'm not sure there's any perfect solution - it all
depends on personal needs and resources.

Susan McClory, Coordinator
Developmental Mathematics
San Jose State University

phone: 408-924-5070
fax: 408-924-5080

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