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Work in Progress:Development of Hands-on Desktop Learning Modules for Bioengineering Courses

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

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June 26, 2013

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2153-5965

Conference Session

Biomedical Engineering Poster Session

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Biomedical

Page Count

10

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23.1389.1 - 23.1389.10

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https://peer.asee.org/22774

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Amirhossein Arasteh Washington State University

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Mr. Amirhossein Arasteh obtained his bachelor's degree from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 2012 and has some experience working in automotive lubricant oil industry. He is currently working on a Ph.D. that includes the selective separation of prostate circulating tumors cells.

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Casey M. Clark Washington State University

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Casey Clark recently completed her undergraduate studies at Montana Tech of the University of Montana where she obtained three bachelor of science degrees in Environmental Engineering, Mathematical Sciences, and Statistics. In the fall of 2012, Casey worked under the direction of Dr. Bernard Van Wie at Washington State University to develop bioengineering Desktop Learning Modules and to research the separation of prostate circulating tumor cells within the blood, pursuant to Ph.D. studies in Engineering Science. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at Montana Tech in the Mathematical Science department.

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Bernard J. Van Wie Washington State University

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Prof. Bernard J. Van Wie did his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. and postdoctoral work at the University of Oklahoma where he also taught as a visiting lecturer. He has been on the Washington State University faculty for 30 years. For the past sixteen years he has focused strongly on innovative pedagogy and done technical research in biotechnology. His recent Fulbright Exchange to Nigeria set the stage for his receipt of the Marian Smith Award, an award given annually to the most innovative teacher at WSU.

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Nehal I. Abu-lail Washington State University

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Olusola Adesope Washington State University-Pullman

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Dr. Olusola O. Adesope is an assistant professor of Educational Psychology at Washington State University, Pullman. His research is at the intersection of educational psychology, learning sciences, and instructional design and technology. His recent research focuses on the cognitive and pedagogical underpinnings of learning with computer-based multimedia resources; knowledge representation through interactive concept maps; meta-analysis of empirical research, and investigation of instructional principles and assessments for engineering designs. Dr. Adesope holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and a M.Sc. in Educational Technology from Simon Fraser University, Canada.

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Shane A. Brown P.E. Washington State University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-3669-8407

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Dr. Shane Brown conducts research on cognition and conceptual change in engineering. He received his bachelor’s and Ph.D. degrees from Oregon State University, both in Civil Engineering. His Ph.D. degree includes a minor in science and mathematics education. His master’s degree from the University of California, Davis is in Environmental Engineering. Dr. Brown is a licensed professional civil engineer and has six years of experience designing water and waste water treatment facilities in central California. He was the recipient of the NSF CAREER award in 2011. Dr. Brown’s research focuses on theoretical approaches to understanding why some engineering concepts are harder to learn than others, and how the concepts are embedded in contexts.

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Abstract

Development of Hands-on Desktop Learning Modules for Bioengineering Courses – A Work in ProgressAbstractCurrent engineering courses heavily rely on traditional lectures to cover engineering concepts.The engineering education community, however, recognizes that this is not the best method forteaching engineering material. Our team has focused on expanding the use of well researched,though still new to engineering, teaching pedagogies of cooperative, hands-on, active, andproblem-based learning through the development of Desktop Learning Modules (DLMs).The DLMs contain miniaturized processes, such as a boiler/condenser (chemical engineering),and hydraulic flow channels (civil engineering). A unique expandable electronic system withinthe DLM connects with known sensor systems, allowing cartridges to be interchanged. We areexpanding applications by creating new cartridges for teaching bioengineering concepts.One such cartridge will model cell separations that result through sedimentation, particularly as itapplies to the separation of prostate circulating tumor cells (PCTCs) within human blood. Forthis, a funnel shaped elutriator containing millimeter-sized polymer particles of variable size anddensity will be used to mimic hindered settling and help students understand concepts related toseparation of PCTCs from white blood cells.The cell separations DLM will be implemented into a biomedical engineering course in the 2013spring semester. Students will be interviewed prior to implementation to identify misconceptionspertaining to hindered settling and to outline the experimental design for assessing the impact ofthe DLM on learning. The assessment will include concept tests before and after using the DLMto determine improvement in understanding basic concepts and persistence and/or repair ofmisconceptions.A physical model of the cell separations DLM and preliminary classroom assessment data willbe presented at the 2013 ASEE Meeting as a “work in progress,” Future work will includedevelopment and implementation of cell sensor and thermoregulation cartridges.

Arasteh, A., & Clark, C. M., & Van Wie, B. J., & Abu-lail, N. I., & Adesope, O., & Brown, S. A. (2013, June), Work in Progress:Development of Hands-on Desktop Learning Modules for Bioengineering Courses Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/22774

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