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Virginia Tech Wake Forest University School Of Biomedical Engineering And Sciences: Providing New Tools For A New Program

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

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June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



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Innovative Graduate Programs & Methods

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10.1449.1 - 10.1449.15



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Kevin Brewer

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Johannes Boehme

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Glenda Scales

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Cheryl Peed

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Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering & Sciences: Providing New Tools for a New Program

Glenda R. Scales, Cheryl Peed

Virginia Tech

John Boehme, Kevin Brewer

Wake Forest University


The Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering & Sciences (SBES) was established in 2001 to provide graduate programs and enhance research collaboration between the universities.1 This school enables students to earn M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Biomedical Engineering, a joint M.D./Ph.D. through the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, and a joint D.V.M./Ph.D. through the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Given that students may take face to face classes on either campus or classes via distance learning while residing on their home campus in either Blacksburg or Winston-Salem, new instructional technology solutions and infrastructure are required to support this initiative. A project team, consisting of members from Wake Forest and Virginia Tech, was established to develop this innovative learning environment. A key feature of this learning environment is the ability for the professor to easily interact with students using multiple types of instructional technologies. The use of these technologies is particularly important given the course content from the medical and engineering disciplines. This paper will address network infrastructure solutions and lessons learned from the development of this state-of-the-art distance learning environment.


The concept for the SBES was initiated by several faculty from Virginia Tech and Wake Forest University School of Medicine in 1999 as part of a grassroots effort to increase collaborative research and educational initiatives in disciplines related to Biomedical Engineering. Once SBES was formally established, Elaine Scott, interim director of SBES (Virginia Tech professor of Mechanical Engineering) and Pete Santago, associate director of SBES ( Wake Forest associate professor and chairman of the Department of Biomedical Engineering), outlined the detail goals for the delivery of instruction and the instructional technology tools to support the school. Their vision for the SBES learning environment included the ability to provide an

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Brewer, K., & Boehme, J., & Scales, G., & Peed, C. (2005, June), Virginia Tech Wake Forest University School Of Biomedical Engineering And Sciences: Providing New Tools For A New Program Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--14708

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