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Board 6 : Work in Progress: Knowledge Translation for Biomedical Engineering Graduate Students

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Biomedical Division Poster Session

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Biomedical Engineering

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J. Christopher Bouwmeester University of Toronto Orcid 16x16

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I am an assistant professor, teaching stream in the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering. I have a background in mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, and cardiovascular physiology. I am currently focused on meshing inverted classroom structures with hands-on activities to teach engineering design in capstone and core biomedical engineering subjects.

I am also interested in researching: 1) the treatment of end-stage heart failure with medical devices designed to augment cardiac output, 2) the identification and diagnosis of cardiovascular disease earlier than currently possible by creating tools and methods based on blood pressure and flow waveform morphology, and 3) new and novel ways to visually display heart function by creating realistic and interactive models

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This work in progress aims to describe the development of a learning activity that required biomedical engineering graduate students, in the Institute of Biomaterial and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto, to translate the knowledge they plan to gain in their own work to a broader audience. The learning activity was presented as an open-ended design project, where teams worked during a semester to translate a thesis proposal to an outreach activity suitable for an audience of high school students (i.e., grades 11 and 12). The link to an existing outreach program was chosen because it offered an authentic experience that challenged them to decide which audience to target (high school students, teachers, outreach program staff, etc.) and what their needs are. This activity was piloted in the fall of 2017 and qualitative feedback was obtained through surveys and course evaluations. In general, the feedback received was skewed towards comments that indicate this activity in its current form could be improved. These comments revolved around students feeling forced to generate ideas for a specific outreach program they were not interested in. This feedback will be used to improve the individualization of the knowledge translation activity and the plan moving forward is to measure the effectiveness of this activity by tracking how well graduate students apply the skills practiced in class to their own thesis or other activities (e.g., outreach activities) related to their research.

Bouwmeester, J. C. (2018, June), Board 6 : Work in Progress: Knowledge Translation for Biomedical Engineering Graduate Students Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah.

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