A case study of interprofessional collaboration between engineering and health sciences students at Penn State DuBois

Daudi Rigenda Waryoba, Luann Demi, Amy Fatula

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Abstract

The DuBois Campus of the Pennsylvania State University has a long history of providing project-based learning in the courses taken by students enrolled in associate and baccalaureate degree programs. This paper presents a case study of collaborative design projects between first-year engineering (ENG) and second-year Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) students. The projects involved the design and manufacture of assistive devices for elderly and/or disabled persons. Students worked in a team setting consisting of 4 engineering students and 3 OTA students per team and use their understanding of design process (ENG students) and mobility and function (OTA students), paired with a client's occupations, history, and needs to create a piece of adaptive equipment to allow users to engage in desired occupations. To capture students' feedback for quality improvement, questionnaires were designed and completed after the conclusion of the projects and a year or two years later after completing the course. Comparison of students' responses between the two questionnaires suggested that they benefited from the interprofessional collaboration. Unanimously, they all agreed that these collaborative projects helped them to gain insight into how someone from another profession thinks and the importance of utilizing everyone's strengths to better accomplish the goals of the team. The collaboration also helped them to be appreciative of the knowledge people bring from other professions that introduces new ideas to the team, respecting others' thoughts and ideas. Some of them continue to collaborate with other professionals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationISEC 2016 - Proceedings of the 6th IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages43-49
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781467397735
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 20 2016
Event6th IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference, ISEC 2016 - Princeton, United States
Duration: Mar 5 2016 → …

Other

Other6th IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference, ISEC 2016
CountryUnited States
CityPrinceton
Period3/5/16 → …

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health science
Health
Students
Therapy
Engineering
Occupational therapy
Questionnaire
occupational therapy
student
Project-based Learning
Collaborative Design
assistant
Quality Improvement
engineering
Design Process
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occupation
profession

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Mathematics (miscellaneous)
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications

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Waryoba, D. R., Demi, L., & Fatula, A. (2016). A case study of interprofessional collaboration between engineering and health sciences students at Penn State DuBois. In ISEC 2016 - Proceedings of the 6th IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference (pp. 43-49). [7457552] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ISECon.2016.7457552
Waryoba, Daudi Rigenda ; Demi, Luann ; Fatula, Amy. / A case study of interprofessional collaboration between engineering and health sciences students at Penn State DuBois. ISEC 2016 - Proceedings of the 6th IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2016. pp. 43-49
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Waryoba, DR, Demi, L & Fatula, A 2016, A case study of interprofessional collaboration between engineering and health sciences students at Penn State DuBois. in ISEC 2016 - Proceedings of the 6th IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference., 7457552, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., pp. 43-49, 6th IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference, ISEC 2016, Princeton, United States, 3/5/16. https://doi.org/10.1109/ISECon.2016.7457552

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Waryoba DR, Demi L, Fatula A. A case study of interprofessional collaboration between engineering and health sciences students at Penn State DuBois. In ISEC 2016 - Proceedings of the 6th IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. 2016. p. 43-49. 7457552 https://doi.org/10.1109/ISECon.2016.7457552