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Board 23: Work in Progress: Teaching Effective Teamwork Skills in Biomedical Engineering Laboratory Courses

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

Conference Session

Biomedical Division Poster Session

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Biomedical Engineering

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Monica D. Okon Ohio State University

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Monica Okon, a current graduate student in biomedical engineering at Ohio State University, became interested in engineering education when starting as a graduate teaching associate (GTA) for the Engineering Education Department at Ohio State University. She has had the opportunity to teach the Fundamentals in Engineering laboratory component for the standard courses as well as served as a lead GTA for that department for two years. She is currently a lead GTA in the Department of Biomedical Engineering where she helped pilot the electronic lab notebooks in the junior and senior level labs.

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Tanya M. Nocera Ohio State University

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Tanya M. Nocera, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Practice in Biomedical Engineering at The Ohio State University. She is focused on developing, teaching, and assessing upper-level Biomedical Engineering laboratory courses, with particular interest in improving student technical communication skills.

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Engineering programs must prepare students to work on interdisciplinary teams after graduating. The laboratory setting is an ideal environment for students to develop and practice becoming effective team-members. We have implemented team-based notebook keeping in the upper-level biomedical engineering laboratory courses to further encourage and monitor student teamwork and collaboration. Upon implementation, we noticed joint electronic lab notebooks encouraged more team collaboration and communication in the lab compared to previous semesters when students completed independent lab notebooks. We are in progress of administering a post-laboratory experience peer and self-evaluation survey to evaluate the behaviors students identify in themselves and their partners that contribute to being an effective team member. We anticipate the results will provide insight for implementing future interventions that will impact students’ self-awareness, self-motivation and other behaviors that contribute to being more effective teammates.

Okon, M. D., & Nocera, T. M. (2018, June), Board 23: Work in Progress: Teaching Effective Teamwork Skills in Biomedical Engineering Laboratory Courses Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--29988

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