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Article
Measuring growth in students’ proficiency in MOOCs: Two component dynamic extensions for the Rasch model

Abbakumov D. F., Desmet P., Van den Noortgate W.

Behavior Research Methods. 2018. P. 1-10.

Book chapter
Integrating MOOCs in University Curriculum: HSE University Experience

Kulik E., Kidimova K. A.

In bk.: Proceedings of Work in Progress Papers of the Experience and Research Tracks and Position Papers of the Policy Track at EMOOCs 2017. CEUR Workshop Proceedings, 2017. P. 118-127.

Online Course Assistants

Online courses still require work even after they’ve been launched on one of the educational platforms. E-mails should be sent to course participants with announcements, surveys and news. All questions posed by students on the forum about online courses should be answered promptly. In addition, there are many things that teachers need to do when overseeing an online course. In this respect, having an assistant can be indispensable in meeting certain obligations when preparing and overseeing an online course.

When developing course content, it is an assistant’s responsibility to put together evaluation and practical materials (e.g., peer review tests), as well agree on assignments with psychometric experts. They also may write various texts, including instructions and course syllabus, and support materials for learners. In addition, assistants can develop supplementary materials for online courses (e.g., subject readers) and reading lists.

When preparing and making videos, assistants may help with such tasks as putting together and editing presentations, work on illustrations, and deal with any copyright issues in regards to images and texts.

Prior to the publication of an online course, teachers may instruct their assistants to work closely with the selected educational platform. This can include publishing videos, editing subtitles, uploading assessment materials, calibrating the assessment system and other technical tasks.

After the launch of an online course, assistants may help teachers reply to students’ questions in the forum, and introduce any necessary corrections to the course, as well as send out announcements to learners.

After the completion of an online course, assistants may prepare a report, as well as introduce new or corrected elements to the course as per the recommendations of HSE Online experts.

The teacher of an online course can independently appoint an assistant, as well as establish their list of duties. 

An assistant may work together with a teacher when developing an online course and during its presentation for a six-month period (on the Coursera platform), or up to the end of the exam session. A supplementary period of 4-6 weeks may be established, so that an assistant may introduce changes or corrections to the course content.

HSE Online works in close collaboration with teachers and assistants with the aim of constantly improving online courses, by making them more effective for learners. Every year, HSE Online organizes the ‘School of Assistants,’ which is an event where participants get to share their experiences and study all issues related to the creation and provision of online courses. In addition to theoretical instruction, the School also offers a whole range of training sessions and master classes. In 2017, participants included not only assistants from HSE, but also their peers from other Russian academic institutions, including MGPU, SFU, and IKBFU. Information about when and where the School of Assistants is happening next can be found in the ‘Events’ section. 

Assistants may submit any questions or enquiries about online courses to HSE Online experts (coursera@hse.ru and openedu@hse.ru).