Chair of Economic and Business Education

Competency Development and Training Quality

Prof. Dr. Viola Deutscher

Diagnosing and promoting professional skills in a meaningful way is achieved in high-quality and digitally supported learning and examination settings in vocational schools, at the workplace, or in universities.

With this in mind, the working group of the chair conducts research in various interrelated research areas:

  • Training quality in vocational education

     ... in training companies

     ... in vocational schools

  • Training dropouts in the context of the dual system
  • Career choice and vocational identity development
  • Digital learning in vocational education (learning and testing environments)
  • Competence development and assessment
  • University teaching and teacher education

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Virtual event part of the AERA Annual Meeting 2023
On April 4 and 5, the final and virtual part of the annual meeting of AERA took place. From the Chair of Competence Development and Educational Quality, Maximilian Krötz and Viola Deutscher participated.
2023 AERA Annual Meeting in Chicago
From April 13 to 16, the place-based component of the annual AERA conference took place in Chicago, Illinois. The team from the Chair of Competence Development and Educational Quality (Viola Deutscher, Ascha Ahmed, and Herbert Thomann) participated with their own contributions to the diverse program ...
Future of digital examinations – LS Deutscher at didacta23 in Stuttgart
In the age of digitalization, society is confronted with ever new challenges, but digitalization also offers new opportunities for exchange and further development. Will it perhaps soon be possible to conduct final examinations digitally? These and other questions prompted a wide-ranging discussion ...
Professor Deutscher appointed to OECD expert panels
Professor Viola Deutscher was appointed to the international expert panels for the professional groups “Business and Administration” and “Background Questionnaires”.
New article in the instructor manual
The article “LUCA Office Simulation – Designing authentic and individualized scenarios in a computer-based office simulation” deals with simulation-based learning in in-company training using the LUCA Office Simulation. The Trainer's Manual is considered a standard work for methodological-didactic ...


Susanne Bechtold

Susanne Bechtold

Assistant to the Chair
University of Mannheim
Chair of Economic and Business Education – Competency Development and Training Quality
L 4, 1 – Room 201
68161 Mannheim
Consultation hour(s):
Mon–Fri 09am – 12pm