Student Guide to Biodesign


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The Student Guide to Biodesign is an ongoing initiative that is being developed by an expert team of instructors, staff, and students from Stanford Biodesign. It contains multimedia learning materials that provide an “on ramp” to the biodesign innovation process for introductory learners who need a quick start in their classes or on their health technology innovation projects.

This widely-used resource equips students with valuable skills that are relevant to a range of career pathways at the intersection of medicine and engineering, and it provides practical guidance on how to advance a need-driven health technology innovation project. It is intended as a helpful resource for learning the need-driven Biodesign approach, with more detail and guidance available in the Biodesign textbook and on, as needed.

Here are a few fast facts about the Student Guide:

  • It’s a free online resource that’s accessible by anyone, anywhere.
  • It includes 26 multimedia modules covering the IDENTIFY and INVENT phases of the Biodesign approach.
  • Each module (which we call a “toolkit”) includes a succinct written overview, videos content, and worksheets, templates, case examples, and other resources to help facilitate project progress.
  • The Video Gallery has nearly 90 videos that feature students explaining how they used the biodesign innovation process on their projects and the key lessons that they learned.

Check out the Student Guide

INSTRUCTORS: For your inspiration, here are some examples of how teachers around the world have been using the Student Guide to support their courses and programs:

  • As reading/viewing assignments before or after topics are taught in class.
  • Downloading worksheets/templates/checklists to support class project work.
  • Sharing case studies, examples, and videos to reinforce concepts taught in class or to stimulate discussion.
  • Posting PDFs or links in Canvas as supplemental materials that can be referenced at key points in the process (e.g., IP, regulatory, reimbursement).
  • Assigned as catch-up reading/viewing for those who miss class.

Let us know how you are getting value from the tools!

“Students come to class with better questions and exhibit more knowledge in their submitted project papers.”
Professor, Biomedical engineering

“Practical information. Real-life case examples. Succinct content delivery.”
Professor, Biomedical engineering

“I liked the ease of use and being able to just grab bite-size chunks relevant to different topic areas”
Professor, Biomedical engineering

“It's online and easily accessible anywhere. It's also easy to navigate when I require a quick refresher on Biodesign concepts.”
Former Biodesign student

“A free, very complete guide, with rich information.”
Former Biodesign student

“The videos of students working through similar projects were super helpful as I applied the methods to my own research.”
Former Biodesign student