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TBA Centre

The Centre for Technology Based Assessment develops innovative technology based procedures for the survey of learning results. It conducts fundamental and application oriented research and supports educational research institutions and projects in developing and implementing technology based assessment. It also works in the field of national and international large scale studies, e. g. PISA, PIAAC or NEPS.

In 2007, TBA was founded as an interdisciplinary team linking the Information Center for Education and the department of Educational Quality and Evaluation at DIPF. Since 2010, the core of TBA has been institutionalised at DIPF, and it now constitutes the TBA Centre.

TBA Infrastructure. Science infrastructure activities at the TBA Centre serve the purpose of implementing technology based assessment procedures in empirical educational research. TBA infrastructure services include the development and provision of software tools, e. g. the CBA Execution Environment, the CBA ItemBuilder, MATE, TAO or TBA TOOLS. Moreover, the TBA Centre offers counselling services, training, planning and implementation, for instance in the areas of item development, item adaptation and translation, test development, implementation, and delivery technologies (offline, online, mobile).

TBA Research. Amongst others, research activities at the TBA Centre target improvements of validity and efficiency of measurement instruments by use of technology, modelling of process data, instructional use of assessment data and research data management. This research orientation is most of all enabled by rooting the TBA Centre in the Centre for International Student Assessment (ZIB), that is the ZIB Professorship for Educational and Psychological Assessment, focusing on technology based applications, in the Department of Educational Quality and Evaluation. At TBA, research orientation is further developed by a professorship in informatics that has been complementarily established at the Information Center for Education.

For detailed information, visit the website of the TBA Centre.

Chairs: Frank Goldhammer


Projects by Centre of Technology Based Assessment respectively with its participation

Computer Based Assessments with CBA ItemBuilder
The CBA ItemBuilder software is an authoring tool for creating dynamic and interactive tasks in computer-based testing. Programming skills are not required.
EDK – System Monitoring
Testing basic competencies of pupils by the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education (EDK)
The project aims at the empirical investigation of cognitive and motivational facets of ICT literacy, i.e. the ability of a competent use of information and communication technologies.
PIAAC-LN (Leibniz Network)
PIAAC-LN at DIPF - competencies in PIAAC and general cognitive skills: The sub-project at DIPF investigates whether and to what extent competence tests, for example those implemented in PIAAC, measure something different than only general cognitive skills.
Profan - Process indicators: from explaining successful work on tasks to formative assessment
Data from the PISA 2012 study will be used to analyse processes of complex problem solving and reading of digital texts.
Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies Round 2 and Round 3 – PIAAC
Continuation of the international computer based assessment for the investigation of everyday competencies of adults (Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, Round 2 and Round 3)
Response Time Control
The project ReTiCo (Response Time Control) aims at controlling and modeling response times in competence tests.
SensoMot – Sensory assessment of motivational indicators for governing adaptive learning contents
Measurement data from wearables will serve to determine the degree of motivation to achieve successfully adapting learning contents
SGS – Strengthening of German-supported Schools in Kabul
Three model schools in Kabul were supported in cooperation with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit. Computer based assessment tools were employed to ensure a transparent and fair selection process of gifted students.