Workshop Session B.4 – Diversity in Engineering Education: Enhancing Engineering Education through Collaboration Across Disciplines to Create Health and Assistive Technologies
Shalaleh Rismani, Emma M. Smith, Mike Van der Loos, Bill Miller | The development of assistive technologies requires expertise from a range of professionals to ensure devices are relevant, usable, and sustainable. While there may be efforts made to collaborate across disciplines, these are often fragmented and insufficient. While most professionals understand the importance of input from others outside their field, we may struggle to define what form meaningful collaboration should take. At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to identify three benefits to collaboration across disciplines in engineering and health professional education, identify three risks of fragmented or insufficient collaboration in the development of health and assistive technologies, apply a model of Interprofessional Education (IPE) to engineering and health professional education, and identify challenges and opportunities in their own teaching environments for the implementation of collaborative professional education.