Using Simulation-Based Active Learning Strategies for Teaching Biofluids Concepts Journal Article uri icon



  • Abstract; Biofluids comprises a core topical domain for modern biomedical engineering education. Like other biomedical topic areas, biofluids education must address highly interdisciplinary and applied topics. Concept/problem-based active learning approaches can provide effective avenues to teach such diverse and applied topics. However, with the heterogeneity within biofluids topics across cellular, physiological, and/or extra-organismal scales, it is important to develop active learning content that enables students to explore concepts with appropriate context. This challenge is further complicated by the need to administer such content remotely (due to the Covid-19 pandemic). Here, we outline our design process and implementation experience for simulation-based active learning modules for a newly developed physiological biofluids course. We share the overall design approach, with two example cases of simulation-based concept exploration: (a) arterial Windkessel effects and lumped parameter hemodynamic analysis; and (b) curvature-induced helical flow in human aorta illustrated using four-dimensional (4D) flow magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Evidence from student survey ratings, student comments and feedback, and monitoring student performance for course deliverables indicate positive student response toward these modules, and efficacy of the modules in enabling student learning. Based on our design and implementation experience, we argue that simulation-based approaches can enable active learning of biofluids through remote and online learning modalities.

publication date

  • December 1, 2021

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  • closed

Date in CU Experts

  • February 1, 2022 2:24 AM

Full Author List

  • Mukherjee D; Barker AJ

author count

  • 2

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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0148-0731

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1528-8951

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