2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Using Quantified Self as a Learning Tool to Engage Students in Entrepreneurially Minded Learning and Engineering Design

Presented at Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation Division Technical Session 5

A learning module was developed to engage students in entrepreneurially minded learning (EML) and engineering design through an activity related to the Quantified Self (QS). This social movement, which involves the measurement of parameters within one’s own daily life, was used as the basis for investigating new concepts for devices to aid individuals with disabilities. The learning module was implemented in a sophomore level course in biomedical engineering at Western New England University. Results from assessment using pre- and post-module surveys showed increased student-reported knowledge/ability regarding a variety of EML concepts, including opportunity recognition and communicating solutions in terms of societal benefits. Additionally, while the present activity used QS to investigate a biomedical-related problem, the module could be tailored to fit the needs of a variety of engineering disciplines so as to engage other students in EML.

  1. Dr. Michael J. Rust Western New England University [biography]
  2. Dr. Mansoor Nasir Lawrence Technological University [biography]
  3. Dr. Eric G. Meyer Lawrence Technological University [biography]
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