WS09 - Enhancing Engineering and Health Professional Education through Collaboration to Create Assistive Technologies

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm
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The development of assistive technologies requires expertise from a range of professionals to ensure devices are relevant, usable, and sustainable. While there are often efforts made to collaborate across disciplines, these are often fragmented and insufficient. Limited collaboration between users, engineers, and health professionals, may result in devices which are limited in their potential application, or do not adequately address the needs of the target population. For students in engineering and the health professions, we must provide meaningful opportunities for meaningful collaboration within the educational experience. In this workshop, we will explore the benefits of collaboration across disciplines, risks associated with fragmented or insufficient collaboration, and educational models to guide collaboration across disciplines. Participants will engage in focused problem solving to address structural challenges in curriculum delivery which currently hinder collaborative learning.


Emma M. Smith