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Meeting: Modeling and Measuring Competencies in Higher Education

International and national experts in educational and higher education research meet with educational policy-makers and practitioners at Mainz University from Nov. 28-29; registration deadline: Oct. 20, 2014

Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet Mainz

This news release is available in German.

In recent years, there has been increasing discussion of the efficiency of university teaching and the proper way of imparting professional teaching competencies in students. In order to meet these challenges in the context of skills-based teaching, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) started the four-year research program "Modeling and Measuring Competencies in Higher Education" (KoKoHs) in 2011, jointly coordinated by offices at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and the Humboldt-Universität in Berlin. This year's international KoKoHs Conference will take place at Mainz University from November 28-29, 2014, and aims to encourage theoretical, methodological, and empirical debates on modeling and measuring competencies in higher education. The conference will be attended by numerous renowned international and national experts in educational research and higher education research as well as educational policy-makers and practitioners. The International Conference 2014 will showcase the impressive results of the 23 interdisciplinary research alliances, comprising about 70 projects throughout Germany that investigate the theoretical modeling and empirical assessment of competencies in higher education. The International Conference 2014 will bring together various national and international perspectives on the assessment of performance in higher education with a thematic focus on longitudinal analysis of competence development over the course of studies, competence structures, competence levels in relation to teaching-learning conditions, prognostic capability of instruments, and innovative methods in competence assessment. The conference program includes keynotes by Professor Hamish Coates (Australia), Professor Rolf van der Velden (Netherlands), and Professor Jan-Eric Gustafsson (Sweden), who will speak about future developments and challenges of learning outcomes assessment in higher education as well about the international visibility and compatibility of KoKoHs results. In the thematic sessions, key project results will be presented and discussed together with international experts, such as Professor Ronald Hambleton (United States), Dr. Roger Benjamin (United States), and many others. Furthermore, there will be a plenary panel discussion with international experts.

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The International Conference 2014 of the KoKoHs research program will take place at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz from November 28 to 29, 2014. The conference program is available at http://www.kokohs-conference.de/program. Conference participation is free for KoKoHs project members. Participation fees for external conference participants: EUR 90 / 60 (reduced). Please register no later than October 20, 2014, using the registration form at http://www.kokohs-conference.de/registration.

Further information on the research program „Modeling and Measuring Competencies in Higher Education" at http://www.kompetenzen-im-hochschulsektor.de/index_ENG.php.

Further information on the KoKoHs Conference 2014 at http://www.kokohs-conference.de.

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