The university in Turku have been cooperating on exchange of biomedical laboratory scientist (BLS) students

with both  Bergen and Coimbra since 2010.. In the spring of 2019 Bergen invited Turku and Coimbra for an Erasmus + collaboration  and Biotrick was established in September 2019.

The main focus of the project is to improve BLS students’ learning activities starting in 2021 for both on campus courses as well as in clinical practice training.  Students as cocreators of their own education will be creating digital learning tools as a part of their learning activities in different courses, both in clinical practice at the hospitals and also as part of courses in the university campus. The products will be in English. These processes are supervised by clinical supervisors and/or university teachers.

Our BLS study programs already have a tradition of collaborating on students’ and teachers’ mobility. During the project, these collaborations will be intensified and we also intend to organize for clinical supervisors’ mobility – this to visit collaborative hospital laboratories and supervisors.

Ultimately, to improve BioTriCK as a BLS community of practice, networks are established that will disseminate and survive after the three-years financed project period.

In order to obtain these goals we have collaboration from the three academic partners and related hospitals, but also EPBS who will ensure the longevity of the BLS academy as a core outcome from the project and EDvantage who will  support and facilitate the co-creation process and execution of the BLS academy.

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Our BLS study programmes already have a tradition of collaboration between students’ and teachers’ mobility. These collaborations will be intensivated and we also intend to organize for clinical supervisors mobility – this to visit collaborative hospital laboratories and clinical supervisors.

Ultimately to improve BioTriCK as a BLS community of practice, establishing networks that will disseminate and survive after the three-years financed project period.

In order to obtain these goals we have collaboration from the three academic partners, related hospitals but also EPBS who will ensure the longevity of the BLS academy a core outcome from the project and EDvantage to support and facilitate the co-creation process and execution of the BLS academy.

Design Thinking Workshops

Design thinking is a process that facilitate the art of critical thinking into a creative end product.  It was originally developed by Standford D.School and has since been in use in various fields.  The BioTrick project decided to use this as part of their process to ignite creative thinking in the participant the triangular consisting of students, teachers and supervisors as well as the geographic triangular of Finland, Norway and Portugal.

The following elements were identified as challenges that need to be addressed within the BLS academy. Helping and supporting individual organizations to improve with digital learning tools but also to have generic solutions on a global scale.

We are hosting a Design thinking workshop in each one of the partner countries and then combining and further developing the initial results, we are having a fourth workshop including participants from the three countries.

The design challenges for the individual workshops were:

Improvement of sharing of knowledge between teachers, supervisors, students and practitioners on a digital platform that will promote active continuous learning on a global scale.

TURKU

The first Design Thinking workshop was held in Turku.  This workshop was done with a collection of 9 people consisting of representatives of all three stakeholders in the triangle   of students, supervisors and teachers.  The participants were actively involved and we had amazing results from the group, the amount of creativity within a group of professionals that usually have a very analytical way of work and thinking was astounding.

 

BERGEN

The second workshop was supposed to be in Bergen but due to the Corona pandemic, we moved it online.  We had a total of 15 people with the same triangular integration of teachers, supervisors and students. 

Moving online was a unique experience.  We made up a pack of craft materials for each one of the participants which was delivered to them the day before.  During the two days we made use of main sessions and breakout rooms.  The solutions were again phenomenal even with being online and we received good feedback from the participants on working online.

COIMBRA

Even within the Corona struggle we managed to conduct face to face workshops in Coimbra, Portugal.  We had a group of 10 participants with a triangular balance of students, supervisors and teachers.

The two days spent with the group yielded very innovative results.  We posed an extra challenge to the group to also take the elements from the local challenges and create a global solution to address these within the community of practice.  They rose to the challenge and were presented again with amazing innovations.

INTERNATIONAL TEAM

In order to get a true triangular experience between the partner countries and the three core representation of participants, Teachers, Supervisors and students we had a collaborative online Design Thinking session. In this session participants were grouped together from different countries and different representation. Together making use of some very intuitive online tools they collaboratively designed new ideas to address the issues raised in the previous workshops.

BLS ACADEMY

The final product of the project will be the BLS academy that will host the various innovations and tools to improve the practice of knowledge sharing also providing a platform for teachers, supervisors, students and practitioners to come together to improve their skills, knowledge and sharing of learning tools.

Digital Teacher

In this intellectual output the aim is to create an environment for teachers and supervisors to upscale their knowledge on creating and using digital tools in their teaching.

 

Digital Storytelling

During the project and after introducing the innovation products, the stories of different stakeholders’ experiences in BioTriCK will be told on the open access web platform. This to be able to evaluate the project in the end also to provide a fertile ground further developing a global community of BLS educational stakeholders, where they can interact, share ideas and experience.