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Education in biomedical engineering offers a number of challenges to all constituents of the educational process-faculty, students, and employers of graduates. Although biomedical engineering educational systems have been under development for 40 years, interest in and the pace of development of these programs has accelerated in recent years. New advances(More)
New information technologies promise to enhance engineering instruction by facilitating the learning process. A preliminary study examines the use of a tablet PC as a presentation platform for problem-solving methodologies used in a fourth year Mechanical Engineering class of 50 students. Typical presentation methods used in large-scale classroom settings(More)
Many courses adopt a traditional approach to instruction, characterized by lectures that follow a linear progression through a textbook that is organized about the general taxonomy of the subject matter. New theories of learning suggest that this taxonomy-driven instruction offers fewer opportunities for students to develop their problem solving abilities(More)
The goal of this paper is to describe our initial efforts at developing what we call " interactive analogies. " Interactive analogies are pairs of simulations. In the attempt to answer specific problems, students interact with each simulation and map the analogous structures in each. Interactive analogies provide a complementary use of analogies and(More)
Computational simulations have become a critical part of computational science, which is being described as the third leg in this century's methodologies of science. Computational simulations have also become a critical element of learning experiences as they can provide engineering students with the ability to do things that they could not do in the real(More)
– In electrical engineering programs, physical Laboratory courses should enable students to apply theory to design, to synthesize and analyze circuits and systems, and gain practical hands-on skills and knowledge required for their future career. However, students often have difficulty applying electrical theory to problem solving tasks, such as those(More)
The ability to adapt to new challenges is critical to success in rapidly advancing fields. However, educators and researchers struggle with how to measure and teach for adaptive expertise. This study used a design scenario to assess how undergraduates approach novel design challenges. A scenario presents individual students with a short realistic(More)
A new hands-on curriculum developed at Vanderbilt University focuses on teaching medical imaging at the high school level as a means of both covering physics and mathematics content and engaging students in real-world applications of engineering and biomedical imaging. This curriculum was tested in the summer of 2004 on seven high school students. The(More)