Yigal's role as a Richard L. Menschel Senior Research Scientist is providing day-to-day leadership and oversight of the VPAL research team, and conducting research on innovative approaches for learning and assessment. Adaptive Learning Open Source Initiative (ALOSI) and technology-enhanced assessments are among his key research projects. Yigal is teaching Design and Development of Technology-Enhanced Assessments in The Technology, Innovation, and Education (TIE) master’s program at Harvard Graduate School of Education.
He was formerly a Senior Research Scientist at Pearson’s Center for Next Generation Learning and Assessment, where he led the research and development of innovative computer-based learning and assessment technologies for higher-order thinking skills, including PISA, NAEP and PARCC. Previously Yigal held academic appointments at the University of Haifa, the Open University of Israel and Ben-Gurion University. In 2009 he received the University of Haifa Faculty of Education's Outstanding Lecturer Award. Yigal taught computer science and physics in grades 5 through 12.
Yigal was a Head of Assessment and Evaluation at Time To Know (Israeli ed tech start up), member of OECD's PISA 2015 Assessment Framework Expert Group and consulted to Microsoft, Intel, ETS, and Ministry of Education in Israel.
He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Education from the University of Haifa, being the youngest recipient of a doctoral degree in the University. Yigal was a Post-doctoral Fellow at Harvard University Graduate School of Education and at Tel Aviv University School of Education. He is the author of over 80 publications and a leading editor of the recently published book, "Handbook of Research on Technology Tools for Real-World Skill Development".
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