MINTFIT Hamburg—ready for success in a STEM degree program
Started in 2013, MINTFIT Hamburg is a joint project of the higher education institutions Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW), HafenCity University Hamburg (HCU), Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Universität Hamburg (UHH), and the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) and is sponsored by the Hamburger Behörde für Wissenschaft, Forschung, Gleichstellung und Bezirke (Agency for science and research).
MINTFIT has several aims. The subproject Tests and Courses aims to help students successfully make the transition from school to their studies. The subproject E-Assessment aims to expand online teaching and learning at our partner institutions. The primary goal is to establish electronic exams that are designed based on the development and use of a wide range of tools for e-learning and e-assessment.
The project consists of the following two subprojects:
MINTFIT TESTS AND COURSES
MINTFIT’s Tests and Courses subproject offers web-based tests in math, physics, chemistry, and computer science that students can take to check their level of knowledge, anonymously and free of charge. Integrated online and face-to-face courses help students to brush up on the subject material and have a successful start to their (STEM) studies.
MINTFIT is one of the largest and most popular noncommercial providers of self-assessment tests in Germany.
This subproject is currently in a fourth funding phase in which the existing offerings (tests and online courses) are being refined and developed by computer adaptive testing (CAT). At the same time the MINTFIT team is working on an optimized presentation for mobile-using and a mobile application.
The team responsible for the MINTFIT tests and courses currently consists of about 20 people.
MINTFIT’s E-Assessment subproject is currently pursuing two primary objectives:
1. Further establishing electronic exams at the partner institutions. To this end, a wide range of pilot courses will be carried out with the aim of moving lectures, practical courses, and, most importantly, exams (where appropriate) over to online and electronic formats.
2. Developing and testing a mobile testing center (laptops and iPads) so that electronic testing can be flexibly carried out with larger cohorts at a variety of locations. This is intended to reduce dependence on computer labs and other stationary testing centers and allow us to gain further experience with current technologies and electronic testing scenarios.
The E-Assessment team consists of about 15 members.