Jekaterina joined the Open University in November 2015 as a research associate to work on the ABC longitudinal mixed method Learning Gains project. Recently Jekaterina also joined IDEAS project that examines students’ learning progress in distance education university in South African (UNISA), and EVALUATE project that examines effectiveness of educational intervention that aims to develop digital and language skills and competences of future teachers in EU countries. In addition, Jekaterina holds a lectureship position at the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London, where she teachers applied positive psychology.
Jekaterina’s main research interests are in application of positive psychology in education and business environments. She is in particular interested in learning gains, performance, progress, creative cognition, metacognition, flow and emotions. She is a quantitative researcher who is particularly interested in modelling of longitudinal data and as such takes particular interest in learning analytics.
ABC learning gains is a 3-year HEFCE funded project that aims to develop an evidence-based approach to measuring learning gains that can be applied across Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) and would be of value to students, institutions and national organisations. For more information please visit https://abclearninggains.com/ and http://www.open.ac.uk/iet/main/node/1211
ESRC IDEAS project focuses on determining equitable access to, and improving the quality of, international distance education (IDE) in South Africa. This is important because the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) introduced in Sept 2015 aim to ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality education, including at the university level (Goal 4.3). South Africa, particularly, The University of South Africa (UNISA), is the primary provider of mass DE for international students in Africa. However, it is not fully known what drivers are influencing IDE’s supply and demand in Africa and how far IDE can meet the SDG aims of equitable access to education. This is what we aim to find out. Form more information please visit http://ideaspartnership.org/
EVALUATE is a European Policy Experiment project funded by Erasmus+ Key Action 3. This experimentation will evaluate the impact of telecollaborative learning on student-teachers involved in Initial Teacher Education in the participating European countries and regions. Telecollaboration, also commonly known as Virtual Exchange, involves engaging trainee teachers involved in Initial Teacher Education in task-based interaction and collaborative exchange with fellow trainees in other locations through online communication technologies. Form more information please visit https://www.evaluateproject.eu/