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An Integrated Platform of Active Learning Techniques in a Supply Chain Management Program

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Engineering Management Division 4: Teaching and Learning in Engineering Management

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Engineering Management

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Jena Shafai Asgarpoor University of Nebraska - Lincoln

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Jena Asgarpoor has been on the faculty at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln since August 2017, as an Associate Professor of Practice and Director for the Master of Engineering Management Program in the College of Engineering. Dr. Asgarpoor received her Ph. D. and M.S. in Industrial Engineering, specializing in Engineering Management, from Texas A&M University, College Station, where she had previously earned a B.A. in Political Science, Summa Cum Laude. Her interests lie in quality control, management, and customer satisfaction improvement in manufacturing and service industries, as well as teaching, pedagogy, and assessment of student learning outcomes particularly in the web-based asynchronous online space. Prior to UNL, she was a professor in Supply Chain Management and Decision Sciences at Bellevue University, Nebraska for 26 years, where in 1994 she developed and taught the first online course for that institution as part of her teaching portfolio. Currently, as President for the Council of Engineering Management Academic Leaders (CEMAL) she serves on the Board of Directors for the American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM) and is the Education Chair on the Board for the Nebraska Section of the American Society for Quality (ASQ).

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Active and experiential learning have gained much popularity in recent years, but their origins date back to long before the advent of formal schooling and books. From the beginning of time, humans have learned by doing, trying, and failing, until they found a solution. Wurdinger and Allison say this type of learning is a cognitive process, which must include planning, testing, and reflecting all in the same learning experience [1]. A number of such activities were integrated into an undergraduate supply chain management program. Firstly, four field trips were aligned with relevant subjects in the sequence of courses students took in each of the four semesters. For example, a field trip of a warehouse was scheduled in the semester when they took the Warehouse & Inventory Management course. Secondly, in the Quality Management course students took on various roles in a mock manufacturing company named Banchee, Inc. While making Banana & Cheese (i.e., Banchee) Cracker Sandwiches, they learned practical knowledge about the 5 phases in the DMAIC process. This was done in five, two hour sessions, each dedicated to a phase of DMAIC. Surveys revealed that students attributed higher levels of learning, retention, and comprehension of content, and they attached more excitement and worth to those courses that included active learning strategies. Key words: Experiential Learning, Active Learning, Six Sigma DMAIC, Field Trip

Asgarpoor, J. S. (2020, June), An Integrated Platform of Active Learning Techniques in a Supply Chain Management Program Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34132

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