## Abstract

In Denmark the Biomedical Laboratory Scientist programme lasts for 3½ years, divided into 14 modules of 10 weeks. Every module concludes with an exam, which can be very stressful for the students. A survey was made among the students, confirming this.

How can we change some of the exams in order to minimize the students' stress level?

Then the pedagogical considerations started – where and how to do this?

The conclusion was to work with the portfolio format at module 6 and module 7 and make it the exam form, as it was possible to divide the expected learning outcome for the two modules into topics, with every topic representing a portfolio hand-in. Both modules include clinical practice.

It was decided to have five topics; three topics at the theoretical part and two topics at the clinical part. At the exam two topics (portfolio presentations) are picked at random, one from the theoretical part and one from the clinical part. The two topics are weighted according to the distribution of ECTS points between theory and clinic.

We implemented the portfolio format in November 2012, and the evaluations from the students have shown that the format is good; the students get less stressed at the exam.

The Ministry of Education gave permission to merge module 6 and module 7 exams, and the work with rescheduling the exams has begun. This method will initially be put to use in April 2015

How can we change some of the exams in order to minimize the students' stress level?

Then the pedagogical considerations started – where and how to do this?

The conclusion was to work with the portfolio format at module 6 and module 7 and make it the exam form, as it was possible to divide the expected learning outcome for the two modules into topics, with every topic representing a portfolio hand-in. Both modules include clinical practice.

It was decided to have five topics; three topics at the theoretical part and two topics at the clinical part. At the exam two topics (portfolio presentations) are picked at random, one from the theoretical part and one from the clinical part. The two topics are weighted according to the distribution of ECTS points between theory and clinic.

We implemented the portfolio format in November 2012, and the evaluations from the students have shown that the format is good; the students get less stressed at the exam.

The Ministry of Education gave permission to merge module 6 and module 7 exams, and the work with rescheduling the exams has begun. This method will initially be put to use in April 2015

Originalsprog | Dansk |
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Publikationsdato | 18 okt. 2014 |

Status | Udgivet - 18 okt. 2014 |