Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Practical Rasch Measurement - Core Topics

Surveys and tests produce prodigious quantities of data for diagnostic and assessment purposes, but how useful is that data for decision-making?  Rasch models help you optimize the utility of quantitative information from surveys and exams. Learn what the Rasch model involves by taking Dr. Everett V. Smith’s online course "Practical Rasch Measurement - Core Topics". For more details please visit at

Rasch analysis constructs linear measures from scored observations, such as responses to multiple-choice questions, Likert scales and quality-of-life assessments. This course covers the practical aspects of data setup, analysis, output interpretation, fit analysis, differential item functioning, dimensionality and reporting. Simple test linking and equating designs are addressed. Supporting theory is presented conceptually.
Who can take this course:
Survey researchers, social scientists who use surveys or questionnaires in their work, education assessment analysts and managers.

Course Program:
Course outline: The course is structured as follows

SESSION 1: Basic Concepts and Operations
  • Winsteps software installation and operation
  • Basic measurement and Rasch concepts
  • Simple dichotomous analysis
  • Constructing data files

SESSION 2: Fit Analysis and Measurement Models
  • Rasch-Andrich Rating Scale Model
  • Quality-control fit statistics
  • Scalograms

SESSION 3: Rating Scales, Reliability and Anchoring
  • Partial Credit Model
  • Category Description
  • Standard errors and Reliability
  • Anchoring

SESSION 4: DTF, DIF, and dimensionality
  • Differential Test Functioning
  • Differential Item Functioning
  • Investigating Dimensionality

Homework in this course consists of short answer questions to test concepts and end of course project.
In addition to assigned readings, this course also has supplemental readings available online, and an end of course data modeling project.

The Instructor, Dr. Everett V. Smith Jr., Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is co-editor of “Introduction to Rasch Measurement: Theory, Models, and Applications” (2004), “Rasch Measurement: Advanced and Specialized Applications” (2007), and “Criterion-Reference Testing: Practice Analysis to Score Reporting using Rasch Measurement Models” (2009). He also serves as the Associate Editor for the “Journal of Applied Measurement” and is on the editorial boards of “Educational and Psychological Measurement and the Journal of Nursing Measurement.” Participants can ask questions and exchange comments directly with Dr. Smith via a private discussion board throughout the period.

You will be able to ask questions and exchange comments with the instructors via a private discussion board throughout the course.   The courses take place online at in a series of 4 weekly lessons and assignments, and require about 15 hours/week.  Participate at your own convenience; there are no set times when you must be online. You have the flexibility to work a bit every day, if that is your preference, or concentrate your work in just a couple of days.

We, the Center for eLearning and Training (C-eLT), Pune, partner with and offer these courses to Indian participants at special prices payable in INR.

For India Registration and pricing, please visit us at

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