Experiential learning at Lean-Thinking-Learning Space

Claudia Lizette Garay-Rondero*, Ericka Zulema Rodríguez Calvo, David Ernesto Salinas-Navarro

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This research paper presents a proposal for a learning model that extends the availability of resources for training and development of professional skills in the field of Lean Manufacturing. This research arises due to the lack and current limitations of effective teaching models for the development of professional competencies. The importance of this educational innovation proposal lies in being a unique reference frame of its type. This offers cutting-edge methods for optimization and process improvement tools, while developing general and disciplinary competencies in the area of industrial engineering. The notion of learning is presented in a context of real-world experiences to develop relevant competencies in real businesses settings for manufacturing and services. This work presents a literature review on competency-based education, experiential learning and challenge-based learning. Therefore, a background explanation of the proposed learning model and a learning space called Lean-Thinking-Learning Space are elaborated. Additionally, an experiment carried out to measure the development of competencies is showed in terms of comparing the teaching results of a course in two different learning spaces; namely, a traditional classroom and the proposed experiential learning space. The results of this investigation reflect an increase of 29% in the level of attainment of competencies observed in the experiential learning space proposed in this research work.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1129-1144
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal on Interactive Design and Manufacturing
Issue number3
Early online date18 May 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2019

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Funding Information:
The authors would like to acknowledge the financial and the technical support of Writing Lab, TecLabs, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico, in the production of this work. The authors would also like to acknowledge the financial support of Novus Grant with PEP No. 046NV41002, TecLabs, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico in the production of this work.

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  • Challenge-based learning
  • Competency-based education
  • Educational innovation
  • Experiential learning
  • Higher education
  • Industrial engineering


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