Problem-based learning (PBL) has been shown to be effective in biomedical engineering education, particularly in motivating student learning, increasing knowledge retention, and developing problem solving, communication, and teamwork skills. However, PBL adoption remains limited by real challenges in effective implementation. In this paper, we review the literature on advantages and challenges of PBL and present our own experiences. We also provide practical guidelines for implementing PBL, including two examples of PBL modules from biomechanics courses at two different institutions. Overall, we conclude that the benefits for both professors and students support the use of PBL in biomedical engineering education.
Problem-Based Learning in Biomechanics: Advantages, Challenges, and Implementation Strategies
Worcester Polytechnic Institute,
Worcester, MA 01609
Manuscript received April 21, 2016; final manuscript received May 9, 2016; published online June 7, 2016. Assoc. Editor: Beth A. Winkelstein.
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Clyne, A. M., and Billiar, K. L. (June 7, 2016). "Problem-Based Learning in Biomechanics: Advantages, Challenges, and Implementation Strategies." ASME. J Biomech Eng. July 2016; 138(7): 070804. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4033671
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