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ERIC Number: EJ1076037
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1941-1766
Challenge-Based Instruction: The VaNTH Biomechanics Learning Modules
Barr, Ronald E.; Pandy, Marcus G.; Petrosino, Anthony J.; Roselli, Robert J.; Brophy, Sean; Freeman, Robert A.
Advances in Engineering Education, v1 n1 Fall 2007
This paper presents the methodology and results of teaching an entire engineering course using challenge-based instruction. The challenges consisted of eight biomechanics multimedia learning modules developed by the authors as part of a broader NSF educational coalition. The biomechanics modules were presented in an undergraduate mechanical engineering course titled "Biomechanics of Human Movement." The class (N = 18) was divided into three-member teams. Each team performed the eight computer-based assignments in intervals of one-two weeks per challenge during the semester. Pre-tests, post-tests, affect surveys, a biomechanics topics matrix, and student outcomes surveys were conducted during the course to determine the success of this approach. This paper outlines the challenge-based approaches used and presents assessment methods for a full, semester-long course. Thus, it is directed at faculty who may wish to use this interesting approach in their own engineering courses.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas
Grant or Contract Numbers: EEC-9876363