Completed project

Even if there are some examples of interesting and IT-based examination methods, there is a need for research on how to practically implement these new methods in various disciplines and also on how to solve common problems with newer examination tools.

During the last few decades there has been a significant shift of teaching methods in higher education, from focusing upon facts towards a focus on problem solving and a deeper understanding of principles. Examination methods have not been developed correspondingly, which sends contradictive signals to students and is devastating for learning outcomes.

In medicine, Web-based cases have been used successfully for learning. These simulated cases might be more efficient and standardized than other case-based methodologies in that every interaction might be logged and followed, the use and interpretation of different physical examination and laboratory tests might be assessed etc. It has therefore been suggested to use the Web-SP case system for examination and self-assessment in medicine. In a pilot study, Web-SP has shown good potential as an examination tool also for teacher education.

The overall aim of this project was to study three interlinked research questions:

  • Is it possible to adapt Web-SP for examination purposes, including solving issues of security, integrity and scoring?
  • Might this examination system be useful for case-based exams in medicine?
  • Is Web-SP flexible enough to be used as an assessment tool also in a completely new discipline as teacher education?

The proposed project targeted two main disciplines medicine and teacher education at Stanford, Umeå University and Karolinska Institutet. Thus, three universities and four educational programs were targeted.

 

 
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