To successfully accomplish a course of study in the STEM field (natural science, technology, engineering, mathematics), students must have basic knowledge and skills as well as an understanding of mathematics. Nevertheless, these skills and abilities differ among interested students because of different types of schools and individually differing mathematical emphases in the teaching field. It is intended that the validation, development, and established possibility to a more flexible and more profound measurement and more precise assessment of these basic prerequisites will lead to recording these individually and differently existing abilities and to promote them accordingly in a supportive manner through supplementary and deepening teaching and learning offers.

The project aims to facilitate and standardize access to STEM subjects (natural science, technology, engineering, mathematics) by providing prospective students with in-depth teaching and learning support. In doing so, their chances of successfully completing their studies are increased and, in addition, turn into an attractive public perception of the STEM subjects.

The University of Continuing Education Krems is cooperating with Johannes Kepler University Linz in this project.


Duration 01/03/2020 - 31/12/2023
Funding Bund (Ministerien)

Department for Continuing Education Research and Educational Technologies

Center for Technology-enhanced Learning and Educational Information Systems

Principle investigator for the project (University for Continuing Education Krems) Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Stefan Oppl, MBA
Project members
Philip Duong, BSc
Florian Ecker-Eckhofen
Florian Mühlburger, BSc



Aral N.; Oppl,S. (2021). A Community-Approach to Item Calibration for Testing Math-Skills in Engineering. In: Springer, International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning (ICL2021): 10.1007/978-3-030-93904-5_46, Springer in the series Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems, Dresden, Germany

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