3D Printing Enhances Student Learning

 Published: February 6, 2019

By: Heather Willden

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As part of Big Ideas Theater 2018, Samantha Davis, MS, RRT, RRT-NPS, AE-C, CHSE, explains how 3D printing helps to enhance student learning, specifically when exploring congenital heart defects.

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Davis teaches neo-natal/pediatric respiratory care at Boise State University and one of the big topics for her class is to learn about heart defects. When it came to models for learning, the students previously didn’t have good options and were left with only being able to read about the defects in a textbook. Which, according to Davis, “isn’t the greatest way to learn.”

“So, I thought, what if we could print the hearts so they [the students] could touch them and manipulate them and open them up to actually see the defects and feel the defects?” Davis said.
And that’s what inspired the use of 3D printing to study congenital heart defects.

Davis has seen additional benefits in student learning and engagement. She’s also seen increased collaboration between her students and other types of students at the school.
In the video, Davis discusses other uses for 3D printing, in addition to the classroom application.

Big Ideas Theater 2018 was filmed at the AARC Congress 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. Congress speakers and lecturers shared their expertise and insights during these brief interviews.

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Heather Willden

Heather Willden is the Director of Governance and Strategic Initiatives for the AARC where she works with state affiliates as the HOD liaison. She also manages DEI efforts and strategic initiatives. Connect with her about these topics by email, AARConnect or LinkedIn. When she's not working, you can find her podcasting with her husband, exploring new hiking trails, photographing, and spending time with her family.

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