To design study programs, courses and examinations with competencies in mind and based on consistent measurement of students’ learning progress, practitioners require objective, reliable, and valid assessments of the competencies acquired in higher education. To this end, the national research initiative KoKoHs “Modeling and Measuring Competencies in Higher Education” was established by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). In two funding phases from 2011 to 2019, theoretical-conceptual competence models and corresponding test instruments and assessment procedures were developed and comprehensively validated. The result is the KoKoHS Assessment Portfolio, which presents developed test instruments in detail and makes them available for further use in research.
The Council for Social and Economic Sciences (RatSWD) has revised its handout on data protection and adapted it to the new European legal framework. The handout provides a concise overview of the basics of data protection law and its implications for research practice in the social, behavioral and economic sciences. With this publication, the RatSWD aims to strengthen data protection competencies in the planning of research projects and in the handling of sensitive, personal data.