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Board 10: Work in Progress: A Blended Model for a Biomaterials Course Improves Student Learning and Allows for Enhanced Content

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

End Date

June 19, 2019

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Biomedical Engineering Division Poster Session

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Biomedical Engineering

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John P Puccinelli University of Wisconsin, Madison

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Dr. Puccinelli is the Associate Chair of the Undergraduate Program in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. He began here as student near the start of the UW-BME program and earned his BS, MS, and PhD in BME. He is interested in hands-on instruction – teaching and developing courses related to biomaterials and tissue engineering, as well as design.

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The field of biomaterials, while still rapidly growing, is rooted in foundational materials science and immunology. Here, we require a 3 credit, introductory biomaterials course (~115 students) called “Biological Interactions with Materials” and employ Ratner’s “Biomaterials Science: An Introduction to Materials in Medicine” textbook. Over the last 20 years, the text itself has grown from 484 pages in the first edition to 864 pages in the second edition and to now 1573 pages in the latest, third edition. Covering this volume of material and detail in a one semester introductory course has become increasing challenging. To accommodate this growing body of knowledge, as well as growth in our student population, we went from a completely lecture-based course to a blended model using well documented active learning strategies [1-4]. The format we employed utilizes online lectures covering the foundational materials science, immunology, and traditional application of biomaterials. The in-class time was then repurposed for three activities: 1. lectures on the latest research and applications in the field, 2. group discussions around case-studies, and 3. hands-on laboratories. While the online material received mixed reviews, the repurposed activities were appreciated and improvements were seen in final exam scores.

Puccinelli, J. P. (2019, June), Board 10: Work in Progress: A Blended Model for a Biomaterials Course Improves Student Learning and Allows for Enhanced Content Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32164

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