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AHELO: In Order to Be Precise in Evaluations

From November 23rd – 29th 2011, a training programme for national managers on the Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes (AHELO) project took place at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) headquarters in Paris. The HSE is one of the coordinating universities for this project and representatives from our university attended this event.

The training programme involved many practical issues related to the preparation of a large-scale study of undergraduate quality of education in 16 countries – participants of the AHELO project, including Russia, which will take place in spring 2012.

The training also considered some problems connected with the selection of study participants, evaluation of open-choice and fixed-choice questions for the future study and working with the online platform for the questionnaire which will provide data for the evaluation of education quality.

Together with Belgium (Flanders), Italy, the Netherlands, Mexico, Egypt and Slovakia, Russia is participating in the section of the AHELO project related to evaluating students’ competencies in economics as part of the current feasibility study. Russian participation in this part of the project is being coordinated by the Higher School of Economics. As of today, 20 Russian higher education institutions have joined the project.

It is also expected that in the near future the RF Ministry of Education and Science will officially confirm Russia’s accession to the section of the AHELO project related to evaluating students’ competencies in engineering sciences. It has been preliminarily agreed that participation of Russian universities in this part of the AHELO project will be coordinated by the Ural Federal University.

Representatives of the coordinating universities took part in the international training on the AHELO project, including Tatiana Meshkova, Rector’s Assistant at the HSE and Director of the Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge Information and Coordination Center for Cooperation with OECD, Elena Sabelnikova, Intern Researcher at the HSE Institute for Educational Studies, Oleg Rebrin, Director of the Ural Federal University (UFU) Higher Engineering School and Irina Sholina, Project Head at the UFU Higher Engineering School.

At the meeting of the group of national experts (GNE) on the AHELO project which took place on November 28th and 29th at the OECD headquarters, the Russian delegation was joined by Kirill Bukin, Deputy Dean for Research and International Relations at the HSE Faculty of Economics.

Participants discussed the interim results and growth potential, including the opportunities for future implementation of the project as a periodical monitoring study (every 3 or 5 years), similar to the implementation of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), as well as the opportunity for further expansion of the list of member countries as a result of growing international interest in the project.

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