Okan Bulut, PhD, MA, BA

Associate Professor, Faculty of Education - Educational Psychology Dept

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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)


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 501 Introduction to Methods of Educational Research
  • EDPY 504 Survey Design and Implementation
  • EDPY 507 Measurement Theory I
  • EDPY 605 Quantitative Methods II
  • EPDY 607 Measurement Theory II


EDPY 501 - Introduction to Methods of Educational Research

Priority given to graduate students in the Department of Educational Psychology.

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.

EDPY 607 - Measurement Theory II

This course will focus on advanced topics and applications required to develop, administer, and use educational and psychological assessments. Emphasis will be placed on the application of theoretical concepts necessary for solving practical assessment problems. Prerequisite: EDPY 507 or equivalent. Formerly EDPY 508. Students cannot receive credit for both EDPY 508 and EDPY 607.

Browse more courses taught by Okan Bulut


Learning analytics and computerized formative assessments: An application of Dijkstra’s shortest path algorithm for personalized test scheduling

Author(s): Okan Bulut, Jinnie Shin, Damien C. Cormier
Publication Date: 6/25/2022
Publication: Mathematics
Volume: 10
Issue: 13
Page Numbers: 2230
DOI: 10.3390/math10132230
External Link: https://www.mdpi.com/2227-7390/10/13/2230

Examining adults’ web navigation patterns in multi-layered hypertext environments

Author(s): Yizhu Gao, Ying Cui, Okan Bulut, Xiaoming Zhai, Fu Chen
Publication Date: 4/1/2022
Publication: Computers in Human Behavior
Volume: 129
Page Numbers: 107142
DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2021.107142
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2021.107142

Item wording effects in self-report measures and reading achievement: Does removing careless respondents help?

Author(s): Hatice C. Bulut, Okan Bulut
Publication Date: 3/1/2022
Publication: Studies in Educational Evaluation
Volume: 72
Page Numbers: 101126
DOI: 10.1016/j.stueduc.2022.101126
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.stueduc.2022.101126

Rapid assessment of communication consistency: Sentiment analysis of public health briefings during the COVID-19 pandemic

Author(s): Okan Bulut, Cheryl N. Poth
Publication Date: 2/10/2022
Publication: AIMS Public Health
Volume: 9
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 293-306
DOI: 10.3934/publichealth.2022020
External Link: https://www.aimspress.com/article/doi/10.3934/publichealth.2022020

Building an intelligent recommendation system for personalized test scheduling: A reinforcement learning approach

Author(s): Jinnie Shin, Okan Bulut
Publication Date: 2/1/2022
Publication: Behavior Research Methods
Volume: 54
Page Numbers: 216–232
DOI: 10.3758/s13428-021-01602-9
External Link: https://link.springer.com/article/10.3758/s13428-021-01602-9

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

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

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/

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

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

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

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