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.
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.
Instructors can post announcements, upload course materials, host student discussions, e-mail students, and manage their gradebook with Aplia’s course management system.
Aplia works independently or in conjunction with other course management systems.
Students are charged (per course) additional registration fees on top of their home institutions tuition or per unit fees.
This may amount to more than the parent institution's total cost for the entire course when including materials fees.Assignment types include problem sets, news analyses, tutorials, and (for economics) interactive market experiments.Aplia is often integrated with textbooks from different publishers.Since 2000, it has been used by over 4,300 professors, 1,200,000 students, at 1,300 colleges and universities worldwide.Aplia’s basic product includes online homework assignments that professors can assign to students in accounting, business communication, business law, developmental reading, economics, finance, marketing, philosophy, statistics, and taxation.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.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.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.