Developing an applicable product from a bachelor research project

Activity: Talk and presentationAcademic presentationAcademic


Feedback is seen as a key pedagogical tool in higher education but is known to be difficult to implement in large classes. Here we present a way in which we have achieved that goal while also linking the value of the educational output to society.
Third year medical students of the UG perform a bachelor research project (20 EC) as a team of ~4 students. Teams define and study a research question on a selected relevant (bio)medical topic. This research results in a thesis structured as a scientific paper. Based on the outcomes of the study they develop a product that is of value to a targeted (patient) group. The product should be innovative, link with healthy aging, meet the needs of its users. The product can be anything and can take various forms, depending on the team’s creative approach. The generated product must be described in an orderly and scientific manner. The team also pitches their product in a 3-minute video to present the benefits and use of the product. Using an online platform the product description and pitch are randomly divided among students for feedback. Each student provides feedback on the product description and pitch to several teams using specified criteria. Based on this peer feedback teams can adjust their product or pitch.
Peer feedback on the product and pitch has resulted in more self-evaluation and self-criticism of students towards their own work. Developing a product on the basis of a (bio)medical study makes the students aware of the functionality and applicability of a research outcome.
Event titleThe Education Festival 2022
Event typeSeminar
LocationGroningen, NetherlandsShow on map
Degree of RecognitionLocal