Nephrotex is a virtual internship program developed by the Epistemic Games Group at the University of Wisconsin. Participants "play the role of interns in a fictitious biomedical engineering design firm" and their primary task is to "develop a novel nanotechnology-based membrane for use in kidney dialysis systems." With features including solving authentic world problems, working in teams with peers, and connecting to live professional mentors, Nephrotex illustrates a learning model of MACROSIM, or Massively Adaptive Complex Realistic Online Simulation with Interactive Mentoring , which the design team believes should be the future of online learning.
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Excerpts from the discussion
@00:45 Wang: Form for Electronic Experimental Device Simulation (FEEDS) looks like a great tool in Nephrotex for student interns to build and test engineer devices and get feedback from their designs.
@01:26 Clark: This "internship" takes students through so many learning opportunities- gathering requirements, team work, prototyping, presenting to different audiences... what a great experience!