An understanding of mathematics and how to apply mathematical principles are ABET
required learning outcomes for engineers set by the Accreditation Board for Engineering
and Technology (ABET). Even though students in engineering take several years of math
classes before entering upper division engineering courses, there is a need to reteach
or review the mathematical concepts in the context of solving engineering problems.
The lack of understanding is most evident in TA hours where most time is filled with
explaining mathematics that should have been learned and understood before enrolling
in the course. Therefore, there is a need to make pedagogical changes to improve comprehension
of the material.
The goal of this project is to help students be able to apply mathematical principles
to bioengineering problems. To accomplish this goal, a flipped classroom teaching
environment will be evaluated where students will watch the lecture at home on the
internet and work homework problems in class. A series of short videos (4-7 min) will
be gathered and produced for the students to watch on Canvas. Classroom time will
then be dedicated to working real-life bioengineering problems requiring the application
of the principles watched in the lecture videos. In this setting, students will have
a more structured and supportive environment to apply the mathematics and other transport
principles to real problems. The students’ understanding will be evaluated using quiz
scores and homework scores from the flipped class format. Additionally, student surveys
will be used to understand the students’ satisfaction with the classroom format.
A series of videos will be gathered and produced that can be used by this course and
other courses in engineering to help students understand the math behind the course
content. The videos will be shared with instructors in bioengineering to use as a
teaching resource or as a template to produce their own videos to flip their classrooms
as well. The video resources will initiate a database of video lectures on Canvas
that graduate students and faculty members can add to and draw from. The project will
also elucidate the advantages of using a flipped class format by conducting student
surveys and evaluating quiz scores.