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Published: 2019-11-25 07:49 | Updated: 2019-11-25 14:21

Web course on bias in assessment

KI is now launching the web course "Bias in Assessment", an initiative by the Committees for Research, Doctoral Education and Higher Education

 - I am happy to announce that the course is now ready to be implemented at KI. This initiative is part of our long-term, quality work to improve our assessment processes and to avoid bias. Karolinska Institutet is one of the world’s leading medical universities and this requires that we focus on quality. It is important for KI to be an attractive employer that enables every employee to reach their full potential, says Anders Gustafsson, Acting Vice President.

The background to the initiative is prevailing gender differences in the distribution of KI's internal funds. The web course is also part of KI’s efforts to increase the number of female professors.

The course “Bias in assessment” explains what bias is, and how and when bias can occur in an assessment process. Finally, the course provides tools and advice on how to mitigate bias. It is open to anyone involved in assessment and recruitment processes, such as members of expert panels and assessment groups, the Recruitment and Docent committees, managers that are about to recruit, and administrative staff. The web course is currently available in Swedish but will be translated into English.

“Bias in Assessment” was presented at a meeting on gender equality in assessment and resource allocation in academia, convened by the Swedish Equality Agency and several universities and research councils showed interest using the course it in their organizations.

  - It is positive that KI’s work against bias is of interest to other actors in the higher education sector, says Anders Gustafsson.


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