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June 26, 2011
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Enhancing Undergraduate Engineering Education of Lean Methods using Simulation Learning Modules within a Virtual EnvironmentThe paper highlights the use of an integrated user-centered virtual learning environmentthrough extensible simulation learning modules that was developed to enhanceundergraduate curricula to meet the industrial needs for engineers with education in lean.The purpose of the research is to address these expectations by developing curricula thatincorporate lean simulation models into various Engineering Management, IndustrialEngineering, and Mechanical Engineering courses at Missouri S&T, Texas Tech, andSouth Dakota State, respectively. This virtual learning environment enhancesundergraduate engineering education by utilizing technology as a learning tool in lean, byfostering student development through active learning in the classroom, and throughprojects based on current real-world challenges, thus improving student learning,motivation, and retention.In recent years, increasing global competition, rapidly changing technology, and a deficitof U.S. engineering graduates have intensified the need to produce graduating engineerswho are effective problem solvers and analytical thinkers, and who can also collaborateon interdisciplinary teams to address complex, real-world systems. A key area ofcompetence for many engineering undergraduate, as well as graduate, disciplines is theapplication of structured problem solving methods, e.g., lean, to improve the performanceof organizational processes.This virtual learning environment enhances undergraduate engineering education byutilizing technology as a learning tool in lean, by fostering student development throughactive learning in the classroom, and through projects based on current real-worldchallenges, thus improving student learning, motivation, and retention. The paperhighlights the learning modules, evaluations of the impact of the curriculum changes onstudent learning, outreach, and industrial collaboration.
Cudney, E. A., & Corns, S. M., & Farris, J. A., & Gent, S., & Grasman, S. E., & Guardiola, I. G. (2011, June), Enhancing Undergraduate Engineering Education of Lean Methods using Simulation Learning Modules within a Virtual Environment Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17909
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