LIGHTNING TALK: Engaging Students Through A Combination Of Graded, Bonus, And Non-Graded Activities In A Bioengineering Class

  • Felicitas J. Detmer George Mason University
  • Parag Chitnis George Mason University


Session LOCATION: George's (3rd floor of the Johnson Center)

Intrinsic goal orientation has been associated with enhanced student learning. Particularly in (bio)engineering classes, conveying the importance of studying the underlying math and physics, and increasing the students' motivation to understand them, is critical. In a graduate bioengineering medical imaging class, we implemented various activities to engage students in the topic, aiming at increasing their motivation, understanding, and consequently overall learning outcome. This talk will present the implemented activities, studentsâ responses, and lessons learned.

Author Biography

Parag Chitnis, George Mason University

Assistant Professor, Bioengineering in the Volgenau School of Engineering

Parag Chitnis joined the Department of Bioengineering at George Mason University in Fall of 2014. He also is a Principal Investigator at the Krasnow Institute of Advanced Study. The institute, which functions as an independent research facility at Mason, upholds a mission to expand scientific understanding of the mind, the brain, and intelligence by exploring the intersection of cognitive science, neuroscience, artificial intelligence, and complex adaptive systems. His research in medical ultrasonics and photoacoustics drives innovation in biomedical imaging and tissue characterization; revolutionizing the way patients will one day receive quicker diagnosis, and less-invasive treatments.



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