Inspiration Day: Exam forms

Thursday 22. November 2018

The programme seeks to attract all lecturers responsible for or interested in exams.

The Day starts with a keynote by professor Arild Raaheim from the University of Bergen (Norway): Sustainable assessment and active learning and after this joint introduction, participants will have the opportunity to choose between a range of different presentations and workshops and exchange experience with colleagues from BSS.

The workshops will cover topics such as exams with a set of prerequisite activities, authentic exams, and exams with multiple choice elements. There will also be a chance to seek assistance to ensure that exams cover the curriculum, and that assessments are similar across a group of examiners, or to get a quick brush up on the ministerial order and internal rules for exams at BSS.


A programme showing times for keynotes, presentations and workshops

Description of presentations and workshops

In these sessions, colleagues, primarily from BSS, report on and share their experiences with different exam forms.

Exams with prerequisite activities

At Aarhus BSS it is possible to execute exams with obligatory prerequisite activities that have to be completed before the final written or oral exam. In this session, different forms of prerequisite activities will be presented and discussed: How, why, and what’s the outcome?

Authentic and practice-oriented exam forms

Authentic and practice-oriented exam forms reflect the professional context in which graduates will be expected to work. In this session, three coleagues will share their experience with this type of exam, including their collaboration with businesses and organisations.

Multiple choice exam

Multiple choice exam is an increasingly used form of assessment. With concrete examples as her point of departure, Lotte Dyrberg O’Neill from the University of Southern Denmark will demonstrate how to formulate questions with a high level of validity. For the last decade, she has developed, tested, and researched the use of multiple choice questions in exams.

Validity in exams

In this context, validity addresses the question of whether an exam form helps us assess what we want to assess. Does it cover course content and intended learning outcomes? And how can one ensure a uniform assessment of all students when there are more examiners assessing the same exam?

Brush up on exam rules

In Danmark exams are much more centrally regulated than in most other countries. This session briefly recapitulates the existing rules and regulations (nationally and at AU) with special emphasis on the guidelines for prerequisite activities at BSS (adopted in 2018). There will be ample opportunity to ask questions.

Informal exchange of ideas with Arild Raaheim

With his book, Eksamensrevolusjonen (The Exam Revolution), Arild Raaheim has demonstrated the need for new exam forms in higher education. This session is especially aimed at directors of study and course responsibles who want to develop and discuss relevant new exam forms in the study programmes. The session is limited to max. 8 participants.

Presentations from keynote

Keynote Arild Raaheim

Date and time

Date: 22. November 2018

Time: 8.30 - 13.00

Registration deadline: 12 November 2018

Generel information

Venue: Building 1324, room 011 (Tvillingeauditorierne)
Lunch: Stakladen
Price: Participation is free
Seats: Limited number of seats which are allocated on a first come, first served basis
Language:  The presentations will be in English. The workshops will be conducted in Danish or in English, depending on the participants.

Event Organizers

Dorte Sidelmann Rossen

Special Consultant, Educational it Team Leader

Julie Lykke Facius

Member of Administrative Staff


Aarhus BSS