Author: Bosman G., Oostendorp T., and van Kuppevelt T. Publication Year: 2014
Summary: This paper focuses on the effect of restriction of reference material in an open-book exam on learning style.
Description: In the first semester of the bachelor curricula of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences of the Radboud University Medical Center, some main biochemical and biophysical, clinically relevant, mechanisms are presented in the module ‘Biochemical and Biophysical Processes’. The content of this module is based mainly on one biochemistry and one medical physics textbook. This module is concluded with an open-book exam consisting of 55 multiple choice questions. A recent decision to restrict the reference material in an open-book exam from ‘all you wish’ to two textbooks, enabled the authors to study of the effect of exam format on learning style. Based on psychometric characteristics, difficult and easy items were selected from previous exams, and inserted into a reference-material-restricted exam.
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