VaNTH is an Engineering Research Center (ERC) funded by the National Science Foundation. This ERC is a consortium among Vanderbilt University, Northwestern University, the University of Texas at Austin, and the Harvard/MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology.
VaNTH's vision is to transform bioengineering education to produce adaptive experts by developing, implementing, and assessing educational processes, materials and technologies that are readily accessible and widely disseminated.
See the project pages listed below for more information on our work with VaNTH:
- Using Technology to Enhance Active Learning in the Classroom
- Assessment of an Electronic Learning Management System in Bioengineering
- Promoting Conceptual Understanding Through Effective Peer Discussions in Large Classes
Birol, G., Liu, S., Smith, H.D., & Hirsch, P. (2006). Educational modules in tissue engineering based on the "How People Learn" framework. Bioscience Education E-journal (7). See publisher's website.
Birol, G., McKenna, A.F., Smith, H., Giorgio, T., & Brophy, S. (2007). Development of challenge based educational modules in the biotechnology domain. International Journal of Engineering Education, 23(1), 171–183. View publication.
Birol, G., McKenna, A., Smith, H.D., Giorgio, T. & Brophy, S. (2002). Integration of "How People Learn" framework into educational module development and implementation in biotechnology. Proceedings of the Second Joint EMBS-BMES Conference (CD-ROM, Omnipress): 2640–2641. View publication.
Giorgio, T., Brophy, S., Birol, G., McKenna, A., & Smith, H.D. (2002). Assessment of educational modules based on the "How People Learn" framework delivered to biotechnology learners at two universities. Proceedings of the Second Joint EMBS-BMES Conference (CD-ROM, Omnipress): 2642–2643. View publication.
Hirsch, P., Linsenmeier, J., Smith, H.D., & Walker, J. (2005). Enhancing core competency learning in an integrated summer research experience for bioengineers. Journal of Engineering Education, 94(4), 391–401. View publication.
Hirsch, P., Smith, H.D., Birol, G., Yalvac, B., Casler, J., Anderson, J., & Troy, J. (2005). Establishing schoolwide standards for engineering writing: A data-driven approach. Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition.
Kanter, D., Smith, H.D., McKenna, A., Rieger, C. & Linsenmeier, R. (2003). Inquiry-based laboratory instruction throws out the "cookbook" and improves learning. Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Conference & Exposition. View publication.
Troy, J., Hirsch, P., Smith, H.D., & Yalvac, B. (2004). Team-based written communication exercises for biomedical engineering juniors: Where to do it and what works. Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition.
Yalvac, B., Smith, H.D., Hirsch, P., & Birol, G. (2007). Teaching writing in a laboratory-based engineering course with a "How People Learn" framework. New Directions in Teaching and Learning, 108, 59–73. View publication.
Yalvac, B., Smith, H.D., Troy, J., & Hirsch, P. (2007). Promoting advanced writing skills in an upper-level engineering class. Journal of Engineering Education, 96(2), 117–128. View publication.