Many students quit their studies because they realize at a late stage that their chosen field of study does not suit their characteristics. The Ministry for Innovation, Science and Research of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia would like to develop an orientation tool for aspiring students in order to lower the rate of students that quit or change fields in Germany’s largest federal state. The field of study and university should fit as well as possible with the interests and ideas of the future student. By way of such a help in orientation, aspiring students can be inspired and won by fields of study and types of universities that are in concordance with their goals, abilities and interests. Psychologically substantiated test tools will help in making the right selection for each individual.Task:
About 60 universities with more than 1,800 fields of study are available in North Rhine-Westphalia. It is important to have a summary. The goal is to develop an online tool that helps future students in choosing the right field of study. It is supposed to help those interested in going to university in North Rhine-Westphalia by
- improving judgement on specialist tendencies and professional aspirations via online assessment
- finding fields of study that fit especially well with the personal requirements and the preferred region within NRW
- accessing further information on fields of study on the internet and to compare them with any personal expectations
helping navigate the huge selection of fields of study in NRW.Solution:
A whole platform was created with StudiFinder, offering online tests, e-learning and an extensive search for fields of study and university locations. With the PERLS® software of the eligo GmbH (https://www.eligo.de/en/perls-online-assessment), aspiring students can test their strengths, preferences and previous knowledge.
The results from these online assessments are processed by the matching engine of the BeeSite Recruiting Edition, flowing into a list of suggestions of fitting areas of study and corresponding courses. The results of the possible universities are also visualised on a map. A distance option helps with sorting for the nearest universities.
Further tests assess the level of previous knowledge for the respective field of study.
The BeeSite Recruiting Edition is the underlying technological basis for the Studifinder, with additional functionality such as personal user profile, storing notes, excluding fields of study and personal ranking of fields of study. The field of study search with results displayed on a map has also been realized by way of the BeeSite Recruiting Edition.
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