Instructors can download, save, manipulate, print, import, and export student grades.
Gradebook Analytics allow instructors to monitor and address performance on a student-by-student and topic-by-topic basis.
Aplia's questions are written by content experts in their respective fields and the problem sets match the tone, difficulty level, style, of the textbook.
Aplia works with publishers, authors, and contributors, and many users believe the quality is decent.
Developmental Reading, for instance, uses audio so students can hear how vocabulary words are pronounced; Logic uses interactive Venn diagrams, truth tables, and natural deduction proofs so students keep learning the material hands-on.
Aplia keeps instructors informed about student participation, progress, and real-time graphical reports.
Some anecdotal evidence has been found that schools administration have found value in the micromanagement software features that Aplia offers, especially with keeping students on track with their assignments and increasing engagement and participation in the classroom.
Chapter assignments (or problem sets)--groups of questions based on each chapter of a textbook—are automatically graded and provide students with explanations for every question.
Aplia is often integrated with textbooks from different publishers.Aplia was based in Belmont, California until March 2014, when it relocated to Cengage Learning's new Mission Bay, San Francisco office.In 1998, Romer created an online experiment system for use in his economics courses at Stanford University so his students would come to class better prepared and become more engaged with the course material.For economics, Aplia offers real-time, online market experiments to help students understand what the real market environment is like.Each experiment is supported by assignments that prepare students for this and help them analyze their results.After other professors expressed interest in his approach, Romer decided to turn this system into the basis for a new company.He raised million in venture capital to start Aplia, an online learning system.This has been regarded by some to be a "troubling lack of transparency regarding the total net costs associated with getting a college degree." In 2015 several employees were asked to gather in the main conference room where a tactic of "psychological divide and conquer" separated the employees into the first of many days and weeks of learning that not only was their job being sent overseas that they would be shadowed by their replacement whom they would train.One employee told Computer World "The employees were warned that speaking to the news media meant loss of severance" Once the story broke the company ignored media contacts and plowed ahead on a double down strategy of cutting costs and pressuring employees vs focusing on a total quality management strategy that was recommended by members of the Board and its Founder.While the basic premise behind each course is the same, course materials vary; in many cases, Aplia problem sets are designed to complement specific textbook from a variety of publishers.Aplia support representatives set up and edit courses per the professor's schedule.