AT Design Module

First Year Engineering Assistive Technology Design Module

The challenge: Develop a three-week module for a first-year engineering design course (+800 students) where they can be introduced to 3D-modelling and rapid prototyping technology

Design Team: Me, module instructors, occupational therapist and a client who lived with limited mobility

Videos from some of the project in 2017 and 2018

The approach: The module and the course were designed based on the Team-Based Learning (TBL) methodology

  1. Chose assistive technology as the theme for the module
  2. Identified the learning objectives (LOs) for the module based on the course’s LOs
  3. Designed a project in an area of assistive technology students could complete in 3 weeks
  4. Brought in the stakeholder inputs for those projects using video recordings
  5. Developed the lectures and tutorials where students did very interactive exercise for their projects and also to learn more about 3D-modelling and rapid prototyping

Key learning or insights: Less is more – really giving time and allowing the students to dig deep creates a more positive learning experience. Being intentional on creating connections and flow between the different sessions is appreciated.

The impact of findings: This last year the third cohort of engineering students completed this module – that is approximately 2500 first year engineering students who have used rapid prototyping technologies and 3D modeling to develop an assistive technology.

My specific role:  I was the curriculum designer for the module. I worked closely with the teaching team, the project stakeholders, the tutorial instructors, and students to develop this module and improve it.