Undergraduate Education Program

California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo

Stephen Klisch
San Luis Obispo, CA
December 2015

A team of faculty at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo recently established a laboratory to study human motion biomechanics in projects with clear clinical and educational outcomes.  The Keck grant will support interdisciplinary student-faculty teams that will integrate research and education with inductive learning as a guiding principle in the Biomedical Engineering, Kinesiology, and Mechanical Engineering Departments.  The project includes three objectives: 1) engage an interdisciplinary team of students in targeted biomechanics research; 2) develop an interdisciplinary undergraduate course to engage students in biomechanics research; and, 3) develop inductive learning modules for use across several existing courses.  To achieve these objectives, the project team will mentor students in research efforts that will be integrated with a proposed new course, “Interdisciplinary Study in Biomechanics,” to generate the inductive learning modules, and operate the laboratory’s motion analysis system during course activities.

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