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A Freshman General Education Bioengineering Course On The World Wide Web

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1996 Annual Conference


Washington, District of Columbia

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June 23, 1996

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June 23, 1996

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June 26, 1996



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1.15.1 - 1.15.4



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Richard Magin

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Margery Osborne

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Bruce Bertram

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Bruce Wheeler

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Session 2632

A Freshman General Education Bioengineering Course on the World Wide Web

Bruce Wheeler, Richard Magin, Margery Osborne, and Bertram Bruce University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


A new bioengineering course, Introduction to Bioengineering: Focus on Medical Imaging, has been designed for non-majors as well as freshman engineers and biologists at the University of Illinois. The course is taught from notes available on the World Wide Web. Computer and written exercises can be submitted via the conferencing or bulletin board software. Asynchronous learning technology is helpful in communicating among instructors students and for coordination of group project work. The educational goal of the new course is to motivate further study in science and engineering, while making efficient use of faculty time.


Introduction to Bioengineering: Focus on Medical Imaging is a new bioengineering course at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). It introduces an interdisciplinary field of science and technology to engineering and science students, as well as non-science, non-engineering majors. Since the course is being developed to satisfy the UIUC General Education Requirement in the area of science and technology, one of the course goals is greater scientific literacy and enthusiasm for science and technology. This course is also a part of the UIUC Discovery Program in which freshmen can enroll in small classes (20 students or fewer) with direct contact with a faculty member. It is being developed in consultation with members of the UIUC Education College Department of Curriculum and Instruction, with whom both teaching methods and materials are shared. The course will be taught for the second time during the Spring 1996 .

The course meets three times per week, although one of the meetings is often used for computer lab exercises or visits to local medical and veterinary facilities. Students are required to complete homework exercises approximately every other week, a term paper, two examinations, and computer administered quizzes. The term paper is done in two stages. Each student writes an individual paper, due at midterm, on an agreed upon theme. The students are organized into groups according to themes. Then they revise their papers and integrate them into a group report, with an accompanying oral presentation.

1996 ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings

Magin, R., & Osborne, M., & Bertram, B., & Wheeler, B. (1996, June), A Freshman General Education Bioengineering Course On The World Wide Web Paper presented at 1996 Annual Conference, Washington, District of Columbia. 10.18260/1-2--6069

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