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Utilizing The Best Practices Of The Exceed Teaching Methodology In A Bioengineering Curriculum.

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2008 Annual Conference & Exposition


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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June 22, 2008

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June 22, 2008

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June 25, 2008



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Instructional Methods and Tools in BME

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13.1376.1 - 13.1376.14



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Chris Geiger Florida Gulf Coast University

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R. Christopher Geiger is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioengineering in the U.A. Whitaker School of Engineering at Florida Gulf Coast University. He received his M.S and Ph.D. degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University in 1999 and 2003, respectively, and his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University in 1996.

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Robert O'Neill Florida Gulf Coast University

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Robert J. O'Neill is Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental and Civil Engineering in the U.A. Whitaker School of Engineering at Florida Gulf Coast University. He received his Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from Kansas State University in 1993, M.S. degrees in Structural and Geotechnical Engineering from Stanford University in 1984, and a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1975. He served in the Army Corps of Engineers for 23 years and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. Dr. O'Neill has been active as a Senior Mentor and instructor in Project ExCEEd for the American Society for Civil Engineering.

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Utilizing the Best Practices of the ExCEEd Teaching Methodology in a Bioengineering Curriculum

Abstract The ExCEEd (Excellence in Civil Engineering Education) teaching workshops are an annual week long workshop sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) to help professors throughout civil engineering down the path to becoming “Complete Exemplars” in Joseph Lowman’s 2-D model of exemplary teaching [Joseph Lowman, 1995, Mastering the Techniques of Teaching, 2nd Edition, San Francisco, Jossey-Bass]; in other words developing teachers who develop high intellectual excitement in their classrooms while maintaining excellent interpersonal rapport with the students. The workshop focuses on developing skills and techniques that the participants are encouraged to practice during the course of the workshop, then try to implement these skills in their own classes at their home institutions. To date, over 400 faculty members have attended an ExCEEd teaching workshop, and most participants will agree that these workshops have helped them become better teachers. Although it is sponsored by ASCE, and presented as “excellence in civil engineering education”, the techniques and principles presented by the ExCEEd program are universal to best practices of teaching, regardless of the subject matter being presented. In this paper, we will present several of the best practices from the ExCEEd teaching methodology and show how they’ve been integrated into a junior-level biomaterials class offered for the first time at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). Since our students have been exposed to this methodology previously in core engineering curriculum courses at FGCU (both Engineering Mechanics and Mechanics of Materials), the techniques and practices we’ve integrated into the biomaterials course are not new to them; nonetheless we’ll also share the student’s assessment into how successful the ExCEEd methodology is in helping them learn.

Geiger, C., & O'Neill, R. (2008, June), Utilizing The Best Practices Of The Exceed Teaching Methodology In A Bioengineering Curriculum. Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 10.18260/1-2--3692

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