As part of the NSF funded Engineering Research Center (ERC) VaNTH (Vanderbilt, Northwestern, University of Texas, and Harvard/MIT) we have revised courses in the Biomedical Engineering Department at Northwestern University. Various changes were made in the course content and structure to create opportunities for students to engage in solving realistic challenges faced in actual biomedical engineering practice. In addition, the classroom environment was restructured to support collaborative and reflective learning, and provide opportunities for students to practice skills expected in engineering practice. For example, students presented their findings, defended their positions, and debated with fellow students and faculty instructors their conclusions; such interactions allowed development of core engineering competencies. This paper provides an overview of the challenges and learning activities that were developed for three specific courses that have been implemented at Northwestern. We focus on the assessments used to measure student understanding of the scientific concepts, as well as the development of engineering skills. Studies were conducted in the domains of bio-optics and biotechnology over a one-year period. This paper describes how our assessment of the classes evolved over the year to build on lessons learned from previous classes.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||13|
|Journal||ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings|
|State||Published - Dec 1 2002|
|Event||2002 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Vive L'ingenieur - Montreal, Que., Canada|
Duration: Jun 16 2002 → Jun 19 2002
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