Monthly Webinars

Each month, the Florida Distance Learning Research Consortium holds a webinar covering distance learning research and other types of innovative research that may impact technology and learning within the State University System (SUS) of Florida.

Our webinars feature researchers from throughout the SUS of Florida. It is our hope that these webinars will allow the researchers in our great state to communicate about current research and collaborate on future research.

April Webinar: Advances in Assessment in Online Learning Environments


Our April webinar will focus on research in the area(s) of advances in assessment in online learning environments. The discussion will include the topics of natural language processing, validity and fairness, and stealth assessment in the online learning environment. This webinar will take place on April 28th from 2:00-3:30pm EST. Please register using the form provided.

Guest Speakers:

Jinnie Shin, Ph.D.

Jinnie Shin, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Research and Evaluation Methodology in the School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education within the College of Education at the University of Florida. She has expertise in application of theory-based natural language processing and learning analytics in education research. In her work, she has focused on investigating how to bridge the gap between psychometric analysis and artificial intelligence in education research. Dr. Shin has experience with various international industry projects with the Medical Council of Canada, American College Testing, and the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, which focus on providing effective solutions to complex education problems using deep learning and natural language processing research. [ More on Dr. Shin ]

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Seyedahmad Rahimi, Ph.D.

Seyedahmad Rahimi, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of Educational Technology in the School of Teaching and Learning at the University of Florida. Dr. Rahimi’s research focuses on assessing and fostering students’ 21st-century skills (focusing on creativity) and STEM-related knowledge acquisition (focusing on physics understanding). Toward that end, Dr. Rahimi designs, develops, and evaluates immersive learning environments (e.g., educational games) equipped with stealth assessment and educational data mining and learning analytics models. These learning environments can diagnostically assess students’ various competency levels, predict different outcomes, and act accordingly in real-time (e.g., adapt the game challenges to students’ level of competency or support students’ learning by triggering the appropriate learning supports). Dr. Rahimi is also actively researching various aspects of educational games (e.g., game mechanics, game difficulty, cognitive and affective supports, dashboard design, and incentive systems) and how they affect students’ motivation, performance, and learning. [ More on Dr. Rahimi ]

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Dr. A. Corinne Huggins-Manley

Dr. A. Corinne Huggins-Manley’s research is focused on educational measurement, particularly with respect to issues of validity and fairness. She has published research on developments in fairness as a lack of statistical bias (e.g., differential item functioning; population invariance of equating) as well as on broader issues of measurement and construct validity. She is the Principal Investigator and Co-Principal Investigator on two large measurement grants from the Institute of Education Sciences. Dr. Huggins-Manley teaches multiple graduate level courses including Theory of Measurement, Item Response Theory, and Rating Scale Design and Analysis. In addition, she provides methodological consultation on various research grants and projects. [ More on Dr. Huggins-Manley ]

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Date & Time

April 28th from 2:00-3:30pm EST


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