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Course advice and student selection tools

We are developing methods for selecting and advising students.

The right choice of course is an important decision for prospective students, as is the right choice of students for universities. Our research and tools support both prospective students and universities in making the right decision.

What course should I study? What vocational training should I take? These are the questions pupils ask themselves when they reach the end of their school education and they often feel overwhelmed in answering them. In order to support these people effectively, we have launched various research projects and also developed some specific tools.

Universities also have a vested interest in students choosing the best possible course for them. Some universities can and must also actively choose the students who take certain subjects by means of a selection process. We have also developed various credible and efficient solutions for these purposes.

Tools and projects developed in relation to course suitability:

  • OSA portal: The independent comparison portal for online self-assessments to help students choose a course
    Cooperation partner: University of Applied Labour Studies of the Federal Employment Agency (Germany)
    Duration: November 2015 to October 2018
  • – Developing and introducing a self test to help students­ choose­ a course in Switzerland
    Client: School of Applied Psychology (FHNW) / FHNW
    Duration: since 2012
  • Developing an internet-based self-assessment for Psychology
    Client: University of Zurich/School of Applied Psychology (FHNW)
    Duration: 2012-2014
  • Explorix: Revision of the Explorix professional register (German translation of the "self-directed search" test developed by John Holland)
    Client: Huber-Verlag
    Duration: 2012-2014
  • Development of a tool for supporting the educational choices of secondary school students using gamification elements
    Client: Canton of Basel-Landschaft/cooperation partner: FHNW School of Education
    Duration: January 2017 to December 2019


Prof. Dr. Benedikt Hell

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