Criterion-referenced Adaptive Testing in Higher Education (KAT-HS)

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data, achievement test
  • Frey, Andreas
  • Spoden, Christian
  • Fink, Aron
  • Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
  • Deutsches Institut für Erwachsenenbildung
Publication Date
  • Forschungsdatenzentrum (FDZ) am Institut zur Qualitätsentwicklung im Bildungswesen (IQB) / Research Data Centre (FDZ) at the Institute for Educational Quality Improvement (IQB) (Distributor)
Free Keywords
Germany; Adaptive Testing; Evaluation; Assessment; Computer Assisted Testing; Computer Based Assessment; Computer-assisted Procedure; Computer-based Procedure; Achievement; Performance; Achievement Rating; Students (University); Compentency Tests; Computer Software; College Students; Implementation; Computer Use; Educational Change; Higher Education; Locus-Value-Theory; Locus of Control; Emotional Response; Motivation
  • Abstract

    In the KAT-HS project, the challenges arising from the Bologna reform for testing in higher education were scientifically addressed. Criteria-oriented computerised adaptive testing was developed conceptually as a method for the construction, administration and evaluation of university examinations, tested in exemplary fashion in university teaching, evaluated on the basis of feedback from various stakeholder groups (students, lecturers, deans of studies, IT managers) and examined for obstacles to successful implementation. In addition, various supporting elements such as a training event, an online portal for the mutual exchange of users of the concept and a freely available test software were developed and tested with regard to their effectiveness. In summary, the project has made an empirically tested, innovative method for computer-based measurement of competences available for broad use at German universities.

Temporal Coverage
  • 2018-02-15 / 2018-03-05
  • 2019-02-01 / 2019-02-19
Geographic Coverage
  • Baden-Württemberg (DE-BW)
  • North Rhine-Westphalia (DE-NW)
  • Thuringia (DE-TH)
Sampled Universe

Study 1a (Calibration Study): Students in Jena (N=69); students in Bochum (N=27); Students in Ulm (N=43); Study 2b (Emotional Experience): Students in Jena (N=94)


Non-probability Sample: Purposive Sample

Time Dimension
  • Cross-section
  • Research Design: Other
Collection Mode
  • Self-administered questionnaire: Computer-assisted (CASI)
  • Educational measurements and tests
  • Measurements and Tests: Computer assisted test
Survey Unit: Students (University) / College Students###
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CC0 1.0 Universal
Alternative Identifiers
  • 1 (Type: VerbundFDB)
  • Is original form of
    DOI: 10.5159/IQB_KAT-HS_CF_v1
  • Is source of
    DOI: 10.5159/IQB_KAT-HS_CF_v1
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Update Metadata: 2020-10-23 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2020-10-23