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Institute for Communication and Assessment Research

Institut für Kommunikations und Prüfungsforschung gGmbH

Wieblinger Weg 92A 
69123 Heidelberg - Germany

Institute for Communication and Assessment Research

Wieblinger Weg 92A
69123 Heidelberg
Germany

Contact

Are you having questions regarding our institute or would you like further information regarding specific projects or activities? We look forward to your call or message.

Institute for Communication and Assessment Research

Institut für Kommunikations und Prüfungsforschung gGmbH

Wieblinger Weg 92A
69123 Heidelberg - Germany
+49 (0)6221 186 7490
info@cares.institute

Institute for Communication and Assessment Research

Wieblinger Weg 92A
69123 Heidelberg
Germany

Team

Konstantin Brass
Managing Director

Already during his studies, Konstantin Brass developed the idea of improving the assessment culture through networking and resource optimisation. In 2004, he began work at the Center of Excellence for Assessment in Medicine in Heidelberg: to optimize the assessment workflow, he established a document reading system and the use of computer-assisted exams at the Medical Faculty. To facilitate the exchange and collaboration between other faculties, he designed and implemented the first version of the ItemManagementSystem (IMS). As technical director of UCAN, Konstantin Brass and his growing team developed further tools for exam preparation, follow-up and evaluation and expanded the UCAN network to more than 60 partners. Since mid-2016 he is the managing director of the Institute for Communication and Assessment Research.

Lars Feistner
Technical director

In 2008, Lars Feistner began his work at the Center of Excellence for Assessment in Medicine in Heidelberg. He immediately took responsibility for the server-side implementation of the ItemManagementSystem (IMS) and was a driving force for the relaunch of IMS2. In addition, he took over the operation of all applications and relied on open source solutions. For a long time, Lars Feistner was the contact person for all UCAN partners when it came to gaining data in or out of the IMS database. Nowadays, he has taken over the technical direction of Konstantin Brass and is working with his team on the next versions of UCAN Tools.

Jörn Heid
Software development

Since 2003, Jörn Heid has been developing assessment software, focusing in particular on resilience and legal security. He developed the CAMPUS assessment software which has been used productively at various institutions since 2004 for computer-based exams.
After joining the Center of Excellence for Assessment in Medicine in Heidelberg in March 2012, he began developing tablet-based apps such as tOSCE, tPRESENTER, tEXAM and tORAL. The student competence-based ProgressTest completes the range of assessment software for different scenarios and platforms.

Winfried Kurtz
Software development

Winfried Kurtz is working as a software developer in the UCAN team since December 2006. He developed the first version of the Examinator and worked together with his colleagues on the groundwork of the Examinator2. His focus is on the software ergonomics and user-friendliness of the ItemManagementSystem (IMS) and thus also on the front-end development. He is mentoring the German medical associations since they perform their assessments with the IMS and have formed themselves into an assessment association.

Klaus Yan
Software development

After studying Applied Computer Science, Klaus Yan began working in the UCAN team in January 2013. Initially hired as a developer, his field of activity expanded from pure programming to the assumption of technical-administrative tasks. His goal is to further optimise the development and work processes and to map a continuous integration workflow. Together with his colleagues, he develops high-quality software to meet the future technical and functional requirements of the software. His versatile interests in requirements engineering, database -, network - and server administration as well as programming and software architecture make him a "team all-rounder".

Alejandra Pérez Garcia
Software development

Alejandra Pérez has been working at the Institute for Communication and Assessment Research since March 2019. After studying IT engineering at the Instituto Tecnologico de Chihuahua II, Mexico, she mainly programmed in the scripting language PHP. Today she works with Java and EXT-JS and contributes her expertise in the further development of the ItemManagementSystem.

Eduard Laas
Technical Support and Data security

Eduard Laas discovered his fascination for computers in the mid-nineties, when he got his first computer, a Pentium I with 100MHz. After training as an IT systems salesman, he worked in several IT companies in the field of IT support and gained a wealth of experience during this time. In June 2013, Eduard Laas started his work at UCAN. His primary tasks are the acceptance and classification of the incoming fault reports by telephone and E-mail, the development of workarounds for the reported faults as well as the support and further development of the documentation. In addition, Eduard Laas is the Data Protection Officer of the Institute for Communication and Examination Research.

Kerstin Lubik
Partner Relationship Management

Kerstin Lubik is a certified management assistant and gained over nine years of experience in the preparation, execution and evaluation of various examination formats at the Medical Faculty of Heidelberg (eg Encountercards, MCQ, OSCE, MiniCEX). During this time, she has developed a great passion for the implementation and execution of OSCEs. This examination format challenges all involved persons at different levels - from the questioner to the secretary, the simulated patients and the examinee. Since Kerstin Lubik has worked for a long time as a user of the ItemManagementSystem (IMS), she knows exactly what the challenges - but also the opportunities - are and so can very well understand the needs and wishes of our partners. Since August 2017 she is responsible for Partner Relationship Management.

Saskia Egarter
Research

Since February 2019, Saskia Egarter is a research assistant at the Institute for Communication and Assessment Research and works in the field of research, scientific publication, grant applications, project management and quality assurance of examinations. Her scientific publications and international lectures substantiate her expertise and her great interest in research. In addition, she contributes her knowledge in the range of project and quality management.

Anna Mutschler
Research and Public relations

As a pedagogue, Anna Mutschler has a passion for communication processes as well as the development of competence-oriented teaching and learning processes. Since August 2016 she works as a research assistant in the team and works in various projects for medical interviewing and interprofessional communication and cooperation. In this context, she also manages the Medtalk Toolbox, an online platform that collects and prepares teaching and assessment examples of physician-patient communication and interprofessional collaboration between physicians and other health professionals. In addition to publications on these topics, Anna Mutschler also works in the field of public relations and supports her colleagues in various research areas.

Sopio Gelashvili
Project Coordinator

Since 2014, Sopio has been working as a coordinator. Her responsibilities include financial planning, accounting, personnel management, event management and organizational development.

Christian Moses
Software development and student laboratory

Christian Moses is a trained banker with additional qualification in financial assistant. After completing his training, he decided to leave the banking industry and pursue his interest in computer science. Since then he is a student of Applied Computer Science (B.Sc.) at the University of Heidelberg and works as a student assistant in the in-house student laboratory of the Institute for Coomunication and Assessment Research. Since early 2019 the institute gives young students the opportunity to gain their first work experience in the field of software development. His work focuses mainly on supporting the development of current software (e.g., Examinator3, Custodian) and optimizing internal server monitoring.

Daniel Frising
Software development and student laboratory

In January 2019, Daniel Frising began working at the Institute for Communication and Examination Research while studying Applied Computer Science (B.Sc.) at the University of Heidelberg. During high school he already began to program and participated in several open source projects. His main responsibilities are the support and development of current software (e.g. Examinator3, Custodian) as well as the visualization of internal server data.

Adrian Danisch
Software development and student laboratory

While his study of Applied Computer Science at the University of Heidelberg, Adrian Danisch is interested in his work as a tutor and computer administrator at the Mathematical Institute for Electronic Teaching, especially in the digital correction of electronically submitted exercises. Since March 2019 he works at UCAN on the authentication content at Examinator3 and Custodian.