Research Projects

Current Projects

Development + evaluation of objective personality tests for pilot selection (since 2017)

Project coordination for the development of innovative objective personality tests to capture key competences for airline pilots on behalf of AMST Systemtechnik GmbH (Austria) in cooperation with the University of Salzburg.


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Completed Projects

Development of 6 performance tests for the chamber of German Air Force in Königsbrück (2015-2016).

Test development on behalf of the AMST Systemtechnik GmbH (Austria).

Six performance tests were developed in cooperation with AMST Systemtechnik GmbH (Austria) for the purpose of analyzing effects in the chamber on the performance of the flight crew. The performance tests measure the specific abilites like Spatial Orientation (SOT), Reactive Stresstolance (ReST), Hand-Eye-Coordination (HEC), Instrument Reasoning (IRe), N-back verbal (nbV) and Signal Detection (SiD). For repeated use in various situations in the chamber, several forms were developed for all tests.

Consultation for the concept and evaluation of the orientation course Architecture, STEOP compulsory course, VU introductory phase of the TU Wien (2013-2014)

Study on behalf of the technical University Vienna, Austria
Nomination of the project at the Ars Docendi, state prize for good teaching.

Development of a potential analysis for entrepreneurs (2012-2013) with support of TIS innovation park, Bozen

With the collaboration of international experts an innovative potential analysis for young entrepreneurs was developed and tested, which provides detailed feedback about the core competencies of the entepreneurs and the relevant areas of a venture.

Goalme – development of a training for adults to improve working techniques – feasibility study and skills development (2009-2013).

Supported by the Office for Innovation, Research and Development, Bolzano, Italy.

For validation and optimization of the training iLearn to strengthen competences in learning (2007-2010).

Study in cooperation with the Pedagogical Institute for the German language group, Bolzano, Italy.

“Lifelong learning” means being able to consciously and favorably control one’s own learning process and to be able to reflect and optimally use learning techniques and strategies. The new training iLearn supports the student in the planned and considered procedure during the learning process. This project examines the validity of individual feedback and learning tips. Thereby, the tips that the students received during the training should be compared with the feedback from teachers.

To determine the type of learning in practice using a behavioral diagnostic approach (2008).

Study by the University of Vienna.

Learning styles show characteristic types of information intake, processing and reproduction, or typical learning approaches. Since the theoretical models of the learning styles described in the literature, as well as the empirical studies and the methods used for them are very different, this study is intended to compare existing learning classification and to show a behavioral diagnostic approach that enables to determine the learning style in practice in a simple manner.

Team: R. Fill Giordano und M. Litzenberger

To prepare vocational students for lifelong learning.

Study by the University of Vienna supported by the Austrian Economic Chamber.

There is reason to believe that those who stay longer in school are more likely to have the requirement for lifelong learning. As the current PISA study shows, there are extreme shortcomings in the cultural techniques especially among vocational students, which means that special support is required for this group. Therefore, the question arises, what should be changed in the curriculum of vocational schools, so that vocational school leavers “learning to learn”? Our approach is to test intervention measures that can reduce the deficits of the risk learning styles. These intervention measures should be designed so that they are easy to implement in class and can become part of the curriculum in the long term. This project is designed to develop and test a training for apprentices to promote learning skills.

Team: M. Litzenberger, R. Fill Giordano, E. Unterfrauner, I. Bologna und D. Breitwieser

WKO report summary – To prepare vocational student for longlife learning (DE, PDF, 38 KB)

Development of an online assessment sheet for assessing leadership skills (2007).

Study by the University of Vienna on behalf of the Federal Ministry for the Interior.

Team: M. Litzenberger, R. Fill Giordano und A. Haiden

For the selection of students on the basis of objective personality tests (2005/2006/2007).

Study of the University of Vienna in cooperation with the Test and Counseling Center on behalf of the Academy for Social Work in Vienna.

The aim of the study is to determine a valid test battery that is not falsifiable but prognostically valid for the selection of applicants for studies at the FH for Social Work in Vienna.

Team: M. Litzenberger and D. Haiden with the assistance of HR+

Students selection process on the basis of Objective Personality Tests (EN, PDF, 448 KB)

For prognostic validation of LAsO (learning – apply – systematically organize), (2005-2006).

Study of the University of Vienna in cooperation with the ÖBB, Austrian Federal Railway.

Every year, the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) take more than 350 female and male adolescents for technical and commercial apprenticeship training, and for these apprenticeships many make an application each year. Despite extensive efforts (analysis of the basic requirements and entrance tests) to identify suitable young people from the applicant pool, about 20% of the apprentices drop out of their apprenticeship prematurely or finish their apprenticeship without achieving the training goal. This percentage of training capacity will consequently be left unused, and suitable redundant applicants will be taken out of the field for an apprenticeship. As there is a need for a valid selection tool that predicts individual performance, achievement motivation and working attitude and thus ensures that apprenticeship training can be successfully completed at ÖBB, a new test battery is checked for accuracy in this study.

Team: J. Binder, M. Litzenberger with assistance of human reactions

For prognostic validation of LAsO (Learning – Applying – systematically Ordering), (DE, PDF, 31 KB).

Validation of LAsO (Learning – Applying – systematically Ordering) by extreme groups (2005).

Study by the University of Vienna

This study replicates a previous one, showing that different groups of students use different learning strategies.

Team: E. Prohaska and M. Litzenberger

Validierung von LAsO anhand von Extremgruppen (DE, PDF, 21 KB)

The Fairness of LAsO (Learning – Applying – systematically Ordering) for persons with little PC experience (2003/2004).

Study by the University of Vienna in consultation with 18 secondary schools in South Tyrol.

Because computer testing may be unfair to individuals due to their low PC experience, the new computer test was examined for its fairness.

Team: R. Fill Giordano and M. Litzenberger

Report for the study of fairness of LAsO, 2004 (DE, PDF, 38 KB)


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