Okan Bulut, PhD, MA, BA

Associate Professor, Faculty of Education - Educational Psychology Dept


Associate Professor, Faculty of Education - Educational Psychology Dept
(780) 492-3668
6-110C Education Centre - North
8730 - 112 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2G5


Area of Study / Keywords

Educational measurement psychometrics educational data mining learning analytics artificial intelligence


University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Ph.D., Educational Psychology - Quantitative Methods in Education (2013)

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA

M.A., Educational Psychology - Quantitative Methods in Education (2010)

Adnan Menderes University, Aydin, TURKEY

B.A., Elementary Education (2006)


Dr. Bulut is an Associate Professor of educational measurement and psychometrics as well as a member of the Centre for Research in Applied Measurement and Evaluation (CRAME) at the University of Alberta. CRAME is a research-intensive centre in the Measurement, Evaluation and Cognition (MEC) area of the Department of Educational Psychology in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta.

Dr. Bulut's current research interests include educational data mining, big data modeling, computerized/digital assessments, psycho-educational assessments, and statistical programming using the R programming language. His research has been published in Educational and Psychological MeasurementReview of Educational Research, and other peer-reviewed journals. He is also a co-author of the CRC Press book: Handbook of Educational Measurement and Psychometrics Using R.


Courses Taught:

  • EDPY 303 Educational Assessment
  • EDPY 500 Introduction to Data Analysis in Educational Research
  • EDPY 507 Measurement Theory I
  • EDPY 597 Survey Design and Implementation
  • EDPY 605 Quantitative Methods II
  • EPDY 607 Measurement Theory II


EDPY 303 - Educational Assessment

This course will introduce students to the complexity of classroom assessment as a means of supporting and measuring student learning. The intent of this course is to develop an understanding of important concepts and issues in the evaluation of a learner's knowledge and skills, and to develop competence in constructing instruments and processes to evaluate learner performance. Prerequisite or corequisite: EDFX 325 or 350. May contain alternative delivery sections; refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations section of the Calendar.

Fall Term 2021
EDPY 504 - Survey Design and Implementation

This course aims to help students develop an understanding of basic survey research methods, particularly those that apply to research practices in education, psychology, and social sciences. In addition, the course provides a practical understanding of survey data analysis and reporting.

Winter Term 2022
EDPY 507 - Measurement Theory I

This course will introduce students to the concepts and procedures required to develop, administer, and use educational and psychological assessments. Emphasis will be placed on the foundational concepts related to reliability and validity. Prerequisites: EDPY 500 or equivalent.

Fall Term 2021 Winter Term 2022

Browse more courses taught by Okan Bulut


Guidelines for generating effective feedback from e-assessments
Author(s): Okan Bulut, Maria Cutumisu, Deepak Sing, Alexandra Aquilina
Publication Date: 9/30/2020
Publication: Hacettepe University Journal of Education
Volume: 35
Issue: Special Issue
Page Numbers: 60-72
External Link: http://www.efdergi.hacettepe.edu.tr/yonetim/plugins/uploads/files/3704-published.pdf
An intelligent recommender system for personalized test administration scheduling with computerized formative assessments
Author(s): Okan Bulut, Damien Cormier, Jinnie Shin
Publication Date: 9/23/2020
Publication: Frontiers in Education
Volume: 5
Page Numbers: 182
External Link: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/feduc.2020.572612/full
profileR: An R package for profile analysis
Author(s): C. D. Desjardins, O. Bulut
Publication Date: 3/17/2020
Publication: The Journal of Open Source Software
Volume: 5
Issue: 47
Page Numbers: 1941
External Link: https://joss.theoj.org/papers/10.21105/joss.01941
Evaluating the performances of missing data handling methods in ability estimation from sparse data
Author(s): J. Xiao, O. Bulut
Publication Date: 3/10/2020
Publication: Educational and Psychological Measurement
Volume: 0
Issue: 0
Page Numbers: 1-23
External Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0013164420911136
Profile analysis of multivariate data: A brief introduction to the profileR package
Author(s): O. Bulut, C. D. Desjardins
Publication Date: 2/1/2020
Publication: PsyArXiv Preprints
Volume: 0
Issue: 0
Page Numbers: 1-16
External Link: https://psyarxiv.com/sgy8m
The effects of item format and cognitive domain on students’ science performance in TIMSS 2011
Author(s): P.-Y. Liou, O. Bulut
Publication Date: 2/1/2020
Publication: Research in Science Education
Volume: 50
Page Numbers: 99–121
External Link: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11165-017-9682-7
Effects of digital score reporting and feedback on students’ learning in higher education
Author(s): O. Bulut, M. Cutumisu, A. M. Aquilina, D. Singh
Publication Date: 6/28/2019
Publication: Frontiers in Education
Volume: 4
Issue: 65
Page Numbers: 1-16
External Link: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/feduc.2019.00065/full
Educational data mining: A tutorial for the rattle package in R
Author(s): O. Bulut, H. C. Yavuz
Publication Date: 1/11/2019
Publication: International Journal of Assessment Tools in Education
Volume: 6
Issue: 5
Page Numbers: 20-36
External Link: https://dergipark.org.tr/en/download/article-file/859872
When technology does not add up: ICT use negatively predicts mathematics and science achievement for Finnish and Turkish students in PISA 2012
Author(s): O. Bulut, M. Cutumisu
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia
Volume: 27
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 25-42
External Link: http://learntechlib.org/p/178514/
Item and testlet position effects in computer-based alternate assessments for students with disabilities
Author(s): O. Bulut, M. Lei, Q. Guo
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: International Journal of Research & Method in Education
Volume: 41
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 169-183
External Link: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1743727X.2016.1262341
A structural equation modeling approach for examining position effects in large-scale assessments
Author(s): O. Bulut, Q. Guo, M. Gierl
Publication Date: 2017
Publication: Large-Scale Assessments in Education
Volume: 5
Issue: 8
Page Numbers: 1-20
External Link: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1186/s40536-017-0042-x
Detecting DIF in multidimensional assessments with the MIMIC model, the IRT likelihood ratio test, and logistic regression
Author(s): O. Bulut, Y. Suh
Publication Date: 2017
Publication: Frontiers in Education
Volume: 2
Issue: 51
Page Numbers: 1-14
External Link: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/feduc.2017.00051/full
Estimating between-person and within-person subscore reliability with profile analysis
Author(s): O. Bulut, M. L. Davison, M. C. Rodriguez
Publication Date: 2017
Publication: Multivariate Behavioral Research
Volume: 52
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 86-104
External Link: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00273171.2016.1253452
Monte Carlo simulation studies in item response theory with the R programming language
Author(s): O. Bulut, Ö. Sünbül
Publication Date: 2017
Publication: Journal of Measurement and Evaluation in Education and Psychology
Volume: 8
Issue: 3
Page Numbers: 266-287
External Link: http://dergipark.gov.tr/download/article-file/343265