HSE Online Learning Opportunities Presented at Coursera Partners Conference
On March 29-31 of this year, the online learning platform Coursera held its fifth annual Coursera Partners Conference called Innovation for Tomorrow’s Learners at the University of Colorado, and the conference saw the participation of our colleagues from the HSE eLearning Office.
At the conference, HSE eLearning Office Director Evgenia Kulik and Deputy Director Ksenia Kidimova discussed some of the first results that follow the university’s integration of online courses into the learning process. This year some 11,000 students have added more than 350 online courses into their individual academic plans, and this includes only 50 that are taught by HSE instructors. Certain faculties give students the opportunity to take online classes both remotely and in a blended learning environment, whereby online learning is mixed with traditional classroom learning. Evgenia and Ksenia also expanded upon the institutional research HSE plans to conduct on online and blended learning.
In addition, the Director of the HSE Centre for Psychometrics in eLearning, Dmitry Abbakumov, presented on some of the new approaches being taken in evaluating the results of online learning at the university. In particular, Dmitry has developed a service that evaluates the quality of tests completed upon finishing an online course. If, for example, both stronger and weaker students complete the same task with the same level of success, there is then no point in completing the task at all. Dmitry’s service identifies such tasks and advises instructors to make modifications to the task. There are also instances where strong students answer certain questions incorrectly, while weaker students answer correctly; this means that the teaching assistants may have mixed up the key when downloading the task on the platform, and this needs to be corrected.
The service will gain another option soon as well – the analysis of tasks where a student’s own evaluation is taken into account. If a student writes an essay or completes a design project for an online course, three other students are able to evaluate the student using instructions developed by the instructor. Dmitry Abbakumov suggests that the consistency of these students’ opinions then be assessed once they rate their fellow student. If their assessments are very similar, then they have correctly understood the instructions and their evaluations are objective. If there is high variance in their assessments, then either the rubric was not compiled correctly or some of the students were too strict, meaning that the instructor must intervene.
This service is already being used in the development of online courses at HSE, and now it will be available to all of Coursera’s university partners.
‘Contemporary education around the world has been using more and more online technologies. HSE is one of the first Russian universities to work with the international platform Coursera, and we are now one of the top ten universities in the world to use the platform in terms of the scale of our activities. This is an opportunity for universities to present their courses and professors to the global academic market, and contemporary online education technologies are also a powerful stimulus for research in the field of education, as well as for building new corporation models and partnerships, especially between universities and business. The university partner conferences that Coursera carries out are important to HSE not only in respect to familiarising ourselves with the experiences of some of the world’s top universities, but also in regards to positioning the university among foreign partners and presenting our research, developments, and experience in the field of online education,’ comments HSE Vice Rector Sergey Roshchin.
The programme is aimed not only at students, but also city administration employees, IT specialists, and company managers. Course content allows students to learn about the latest successful developments in megacity digitalization in the context of Moscow. There is no other course like it offered in Russia or the world.
This academic year, HSE University will begin admissions to its new online Master's programme in Data Science, which will be offered on Coursera, the world’s leading online learning platform. The application deadline for admission to the programme is December 6. Courses begin in February. Upon the successful completion of the programme, students will receive a Master’s degree from HSE University, which is internationally recognized.
HSE’s Online Specialization ‘Advanced Machine Learning’ Receives Outstanding Educator Award from Coursera
HSE's English-taught online specialization, ‘Advanced Machine Learning’, which was created in partnership with Yandex, became the first course in Russia to receive the Outstanding Educator Award in the category of ‘Innovation’ from the global online platform Coursera.
On February 24, 2014, HSE launched its first course on the Coursera online education platform. Along with St. Petersburg State University and the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, HSE was one of the first Russian universities to host a course on the platform. Now HSE ranks among the top ten universities with the highest number of courses available on the platform, offering 91 courses which have garnered 1.6 million subscriptions.
Global online platform Coursera has launched the Data Science Academy project - a guide to the world of data science with a selection of the best online courses, specializations, and online master's programmes from world leading companies and universities. The English online course ‘Advanced Machine Learning’, developed by HSE in cooperation with Yandex is among the Academy's courses.
In July, HSE is launching two English-taught courses on Coursera. Enrollement for the courses is still open. The full list of online courses offered by HSE is available on HSE MOOCs page.
By early spring, HSE will have launched a range of new courses on Coursera in psychology, computer language analysis, economics, media and international relations.