Demand of biomedical engineers continues to rise to meet the needs of healthcare industry. Current training of bioengineers follows the traditional and dominant model of theory-focused curricula. However, the unmet needs of the healthcare industry warrant newer skill sets in these engineers. Translational training strategies such as solving real world problems through active, adaptive, and experiential learning hold promise. In this paper, we report our findings of adding a real-world 4-week problem-based learning unit into a biomechanics capstone course for engineering students. Surveys assessed student perceptions of the activity and learning experience. While students, across three cohorts, felt challenged to solve a real-world problem identified during the simulation lab visit, they felt more confident in utilizing knowledge learned in the biomechanics course and self-directed research. Instructor evaluations indicated that the active and experiential learning approach fostered their technical knowledge and life-long learning skills while exposing them to the components of adaptive learning and innovation.
A New Approach to Teaching Biomechanics Through Active, Adaptive, and Experiential Learning
Manuscript received February 16, 2017; final manuscript received April 25, 2017; published online June 6, 2017. Assoc. Editor: Kristen Billiar.
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Singh, A. (June 6, 2017). "A New Approach to Teaching Biomechanics Through Active, Adaptive, and Experiential Learning." ASME. J Biomech Eng. July 2017; 139(7): 071001. doi: https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4036604
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