Linking Lean Thinking to Education
For those interested in lean applications to education, there is an upcoming conference that you may want to check out.
The conference is co-hosted by The Lean Aerospace Initiative Education Network (EdNet) and the Lean Education Academic Network (LEAN). The conference will be held from October 16 to 18 at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester Massachusetts and features Jim Womack as a keynote speaker.
The educational theme of the conference will be supported by presentations and discussions around how to apply lean principles to education in both an academic and industrial setting. Here’s the link for more information and the detailed agenda.
Along with John Shevlin, a teaching colleague of mine, I will be participating in the contributed sessions with a presentation on how we have applied a lean mindset to Operations Management curriculum at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield Mi. Our talk is titled “Learning Through Lean” and we will be sharing details of our approach using lean tools to develop and deliver coursework with a clear focus on value from the students’ perspective. In addition to creating a very streamlined and efficient course, all course materials and activities serve as an immediate example of lean in a non-manufacturing environment. Because students are all too familiar with ‘mass thinking’ in education, this is a great way to engage students and teach the benefits of lean thinking.
I’ll be sure to use the blog to post ideas shared at the conference, as well as to report on anything else I learn or pick up on from other lean thinkers in attendance.