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A New Approach to Teaching Biomechanics Through Active, Adaptive and Experiential Learning

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Anita Singh

Widener University, Department of Biomedical Engineering 17 and Walnut Street, KH269 C, Chester, PA 19013
asingh2@mail.widener.edu

1Corresponding author.

ASME doi:10.1115/1.4036604 History: Received February 16, 2017; Revised April 25, 2017

Abstract

Demand of biomedical engineers is rising exponentially 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 where translational training strategies such as solving real world problems can be incorporated to the existing biomedical engineering education through active, adaptive and experiential learning. In this paper we report our findings of active and adaptive project based learning approach through a simulation lab visit that served as a clinical immersion experience for students enrolled in a senior-level Biomechanics undergraduate course. In this team-based learning activity, students identified an unmet need in the simulation mannequin and offered a biomechanics related solution to overcome the problem. 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 indicating 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.

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