HSE Offers Psychometric Analysis of Online Courses
The HSE Centre for Psychometrics in eLearning is currently developing techniques, tools, and automated services for psychometric analysis of online courses as part of the project ‘Modern Digital Educational Environment in the Russian Federation’. In this respect, HSE was the winner of a competition held by the Russian Ministry of Education and will receive a grant for developing analytical approaches for e-learning.
Psychometrics encompass a wide range of tasks — from personalized learning and analyzing social networks users to medical analytics. Furthermore, it is often viewed as the core of computational behavioural science. The techniques and tools for psychometric analysis of HSE’s online offerings will be focused on examining course content, students and their interactions, as well as the quality of course assessment tools. Moreover, this type of analysis will help developers of online courses improve content, tailor them for different groups of students, and make proper assessments based on accurate and reliable data.
In addition, the methodology and tools will form the basis for an automated analytical service, which will be used by developers regardless of an online course’s platform. They will be able to upload course data through this service and receive an analysis of course problems along with recommendations for their rectification. In addition to the new service, staff from the Centre for Psychometrics in eLearning plan to organize training sessions for users throughout Russia, as well as prepare an open e-guide with tips and detailed examples on how to improve online courses through the application of psychometric analysis.
The Centre for Psychometrics in eLearning was established at the HSE eLearning Office in June 2016. It is the first and only centre in Russia specializing in psychometric analysis of online learning. It employs a strong and effective team of experts in the development of measurement tools, quantitative research methods, and analysis of psychometric data.
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