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‘ Regulatory Restrictions Result in Hybrid Master’s Degrees That Are Like a Cross between a Rhino and an Elephant ’

‘ Regulatory Restrictions Result in Hybrid Master’s Degrees That Are Like a Cross between a Rhino and an Elephant ’
The COVID-19 epidemic has clearly shown how important digital competencies are for students — both in their studies and in everyday life. Master’s degree students, many of whom combine work with study, can give a detailed account of which IT skills employers expect. The question is how to teach those competencies and how a ‘digitalised’ master’s degree should look. HSE Institute of Education Research Fellow Daria Shcheglova discussed this question with IQ at the Digital Transformation in Higher Education — Modern Trends session of the eSTAR Conference that HSE University hosted in partnership with the Coursera global platform.

Interview on eSTARS: ‘Digital Technologies Make It Possible to Adjust the Lens through Which We View History, Test Hypotheses and Draw Conclusions from Big Data’

Interview on eSTARS: ‘Digital Technologies Make It Possible to Adjust the Lens through Which We View History, Test Hypotheses and Draw Conclusions from Big Data’
Both the teaching and science of history are moving towards greater use of mathematical research models. Driving this process are developments in IT, the large-scale digitalisation of data and the understanding that new methods are needed for obtaining rapid results. However, the transition is not entirely smooth. This was the subject of the Digital Humanities session of the eSTARS conference held at HSE University in cooperation with the Coursera global platform. Dinara Gagarina, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at the HSE campus in Perm, told IQ about the issues involved in the digitalisation of the historical sciences in Russia.

Key Takeaways of eSTARS: Higher Digital Education

Key Takeaways of eSTARS: Higher Digital Education
Students need digital skills, both in life and in their future work. But many universities are not yet ready to provide students with them, despite the current circumstances in which universities have had to transition to online learning due to the COVID-19 epidemic. The development of online formats has been uneven: there are bright leaders and the rest modestly ‘stand aside’. They lack resources, confidence in digital education, and a regulatory framework. At the eSTARS International Conference organised by HSE University in partnership with Coursera, experts discussed the challenges of digitalisation in higher education.

Home Study or Home Suffering? Lessons of the Pandemic for Primary and Secondary Education

Home Study or Home Suffering? Lessons of the Pandemic for Primary and Secondary Education
Online learning for schoolchildren — a temporary solution authorities have implemented due to the COVID-19 epidemic — has generated a lot of heated debate. Families worry about the quality and outcomes of online learning, and teachers worry about the excessive workload. School heads have their own headache about how to organise the remote learning. A year has passed since the start of the pandemic, and students have been attending their classes online since March — it is already possible to take stock and look at the situation in a comprehensive and impartial manner, which is what a team of HSE researchers has done. Here are the main results of their study and their proposed solutions to the most pressing problems.

Academic Dishonesty: Fear and Justifications

Academic Dishonesty: Fear and Justifications
End-of-term exams have just finished in many universities operating on the modular system. Some students passed because they worked hard while others passed by cheating. Why do some students cheat by looking over someone's shoulder, furtively searching for test answers on the internet, using cheat sheets during exams or paying others to complete their coursework? A study conducted by the HSE Centre for Sociology of Higher Education offers some answers.

A Dossier of Deities: HSE University Scholars Create Electronic Database of Chinese Mythological Characters

A depiction of the god of fortune and his companions standing in the heavens, Zhang Lu, 16th century
The Institute for Oriental and Classical Studies (IOCS) at HSE University is developing an electronic database of Chinese mythological characters and motifs. Because nothing like it has ever been compiled, it meets an enormous demand. Project originators Elizaveta Volchkova, Olga Mazo, Aglaya Starostina and Alevtina Solovyova told IQ what they are attempting to accomplish and why Chinese mythology is both complicated and fascinating.

Spouses’ Common Religion Helps in Intercultural Marriage

Nadezhda Angarskaya and Rayed Bani
When partners are of the same religion, it helps to compensate for any differences in their values, while monocultural couples are more satisfied with their marriage.

Russian Consumer Sentiment Improving

Russian Consumer Sentiment Improving
After collapsing in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, consumer demand has partly recovered in Russia. The lowest point in consumer confidence seems to be behind us, but we should not expect a noticeable recovery any time soon, according to HSE ISSEK Centre for Business Tendency Studies (CBTS). Based on a recent consumer survey in Russia, IQ compares consumer sentiments as we are entering the second wave of the pandemic with those reported at the start of its first wave.

'State Owes Me': Social Justice, as Seen by Russian University Undergraduates

'State Owes Me': Social Justice, as Seen by Russian University Undergraduates
'I am the state' ('L'etat c'est moi') is a phrase attributed to French king Louis XIV. For Russian undergraduates today, the motto seems to be 'the state owes me'. According to many of them, the government must support younger people above all else, and this is what they understand by social justice. Read on to learn what else Russian undergraduates think about justice and why they are not willing to make sacrifices to achieve it, based on a paper by HSE political scientists Valeria Kasamara, Marina Maximenkova and Anna Sorokina.

For Scholastic Success, Support Is Better than Control

For Scholastic Success, Support Is Better than Control
While 9th-graders and 11th-graders are busy respectively preparing for the Basic State Exam (BSE) and Unified State Exam (U.S.E.), their parents are the ones who lay the groundwork for their success. However, if parental assistance turns into pressure, it can produce the opposite effect on young people, HSE University researchers note. Here, we look at how parents can help their children do well on the Unified State Exam.