HSE Launches First Online Courses on Russia’s National Open Education Platform
Starting today, students from around the world will be able to register for classes taught in Russian by renowned teachers from the Higher School of Economics on Russia's National Open Education Platform. All lectures meet the regulatory requirements set for educational disciplines in Russia.
Yesterday, September 1, students gained access to the first online courses of the Higher School of Economics – General Sociology, Demography, Organizational Theory, and Organizational Behaviour. It is planned that by May 2016, the Russian National Open Education Platform will offer at least 10 HSE courses (all courses will be taught in Russian).
The online classes, which aside from the Higher School of Economics are offered by another seven of Russia’s top universities, allow any student to take part in educational programmes carried out by some of the country’s best schools.
According to HSE Rector Yaroslav Kuzminov, the quality of education in Russia will grow thanks to the fact that any student from any Russian university will be able to take courses at top Russian universities wherever and whenever they choose.
In addition, Vasily Tretyakov, the chairman of the National Open Education Platform, believes that this is just one of several projects aimed at uniting universities as they strive to achieve a common goal.
The Higher School of Economics has been developing online courses for several years and was one of the first Russian universities to participate in the international Coursera project, which allows any internet user to take classes online for free. There are already over 20 courses on Coursera offered by HSE instructors.
CourseBurg.ru, a Russian platform for course searches, has analyzed mass open online courses. The Higher School of Economics (HSE) was the leader among universities in Russia — our institution had prepared 22% of the courses under review.
As of today, HSE offers 46 courses on Coursera, an international online education platform, and one third of them are English-taught. This means that HSE is one of the Top 10 universities by the number of online courses offered on that platform.
HSE has teamed up with the University of California at San Diego (ranked 14th on the ARWU ranking, 41st on THE, and 59th on QS) to launch the new Data Structures and Algorithms specialization on Coursera. The specialization is taught completely in English and consists of five interrelated courses. Registration is open until March 7.
How Russians think bears little resemblance to Germans’ attention to detail or American cheerfulness. The difference can be explained, at least in part, by looking at linguistic peculiarities. A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) launched by HSE called ‘Understanding Russians: Contexts of Intercultural Communication’ investigates cases when basic Russian cultural values show up through linguistic choices, which may influence the way people act. The nine-week course was first offered in 2014 and was tremendously successful. It will run for the second time starting October 12, 2015. Mira Bergelson, professor in the Faculty of Humanities at HSE and the author of the course, shared the core principles of making contact with people who don’t smile on the street but who may become your best friends after just a few meetings.
On April 17, HSE Rector Yaroslav Kuzminov took part in a panel discussion entitled ‘Digital Technology in University Life’, which was held at the Moscow International Education Fair. He answered questions from the presenter, journalist Alexander Arkhangelsky, and visitors at the fair.
The 11 educational courses completed in the first year of HSE's cooperation with Coursera won an audienec of 300,000. The courses' lecturers talked about how they succeeded in doing this at a round table at HSE.
On November 24, an English-language course will begin on Coursera called ‘The Economics of Transition and Emerging Markets,’ taught by Marek Dabrowski, a well-known Polish economist and professor in HSE’s Department of Applied Economics.
Research Fellow at the HSE’s Center of Education Quality Monitoring Dmitry Abbakumov, author of the ‘Theory and practice of computerized testing’ lecture course and developer of the ‘Adaptivity Guide’ software which makes it possible to adapt e-courses to students’ abilities. He recently gave a presentation about his research at The 2014 Computerized Adaptive Testing Summit at Princeton and at Edcrunch in Moscow. In his interview, he talks about why adaptive education is the future and how it is developing at HSE.
Will internet education replace traditional universities? Where are lectures harder to give – in the classroom or in front of the camera? Would George Clooney be convincing in the role of a real teacher? The Dean of the HSE’s Faculty of Psychology Vasily Klyucharev, who conducts a neuroeconomics course on Coursera, provides answers to these questions.