This paper demonstrates the use of a project-based learning (PBL) model for the study of blood flow in the human blood circulatory system. The PBL model for the study consists of three phases: learning basic concepts and mathematical models of blood flow, working in a team on the assigned project, and presenting and participating in seminars. A hypermedia instruction package was developed using Dreamweaver and Flash to introduce the basic concepts of blood flow in the human blood circulatory system to the students. The instructor presents recent progress on mathematical modeling in the field and introduces several projects with project aims to students. Students are then divided into groups of three to five students with each group choosing one project to be completed in four weeks. Members in each project group are expected to discuss the elements of their project together, and break down the project into separate elements assigned to individual team members. After all elements of the project have been completed, the project team members discuss the final results and write up a project report. Finally, each group presents a seminar and defends the report.
|Keywords:||Project Based Learning, Mathematics Education, Blood Flow|
PhD Student, Institute for Innovation and Development of Learning Process, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand
Department Deputy Chair, Department of Mathematics, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand
Postgraduate Courses Coordinator, Department of Mathematics & Statistics, Curtin University and Technology, Perth, WA, Australia
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