Best Practices for Assistive Technology Design Classes and Their Products
Team-based design courses focused on products for people with disabilities have become relatively common, in part because of training grants such as the NSF Research to Aid Persons with Disabilities (RAPD, now GARDE) engineering design course grants. An output from these courses is an annual description of courses and projects. While this could be extremely helpful for instructors, it has yet to be complied into a best practices guide. To meet this need, we conducted a study to generate best practices for AT product development courses and how to use these courses to teach students the fundamentals of innovation. We accomplished this by combining information we found through a literature review with information we gained from an assessment of an ongoing course we run at the University of Pittsburgh.
Mary Goldberg is an Education and Outreach Coordinator in the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology and the Human Engineering Research Labs at the University of Pittsburgh. Ms. Goldberg's interests are related to experiential learning as a way to excite students about engineering, innovation, and advanced studies in these areas. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Administration and Policy Studies of Education.
Jon Pearlman is HERL's Associate Director of Engineering and assistant professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Science & Technology at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Pearlman's interests include participatory action design, product development, and technology transfer. He has served as an instructor in these areas and has patents related to the area of assistive technology (AT). He is a recipient of several grants related to AT development.
Friday March 22, 2013 11:00am - 12:30pm
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