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TVT in Teaching From Experimental Probing to Succesful Effectuation


TVT in Teaching: From Experimental Probing to Successful Effectuation

TU-22.1113 Design of Production Systems A, TU-22.1115 Design of Production Systems B, and TU-22.1214 Demand-Supply Network Management P are all courses taught at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management. In this case study, the course teacher, Marja Blomqvist, shares her TVT experiences on the three courses.

Information on all the three courses can be found in Noppa. In addition, Moodle has been in use since 2012.

Goal

The starting point of the TVT experiment was simply:

Until 2010, the course assignments had been coordinated through e-mails. As such, there were some 130 e-mails of (just final) assignments that had to be coordinated. In 2011, and especially in 2012, the course teachers thought that the courses needed a web based platform.

Study process

In autumn 2011, Moodle was to be taken as a platform for the returning of students’ assignments. For example, the TU-22.1113 Design of Production Systems A and B courses have over 130 assignments, which were returned by e-mail. The teachers knew Moodle from earlier experience. However, the teachers had not been trained in how to (themselves) “program” Moodle. That is, how to use Moodle’s different features; and thus it was decided that Moodle was not to be used in autumn 2011.

In spring 2012, the teachers had learned how to use Moodle as a “mail box” for assignments. The workload of the tracking of the over 130 e-mails were reduced.

Still:

For autumn 2012, the course assignments on Design of Production Systems A and B will continue be returned though Moodle. However, Moodle will still serve mainly as a “mail box”. That is, Moodle will not yet be used as a platform for web based teaching. As the courses will be further developed; the use of web based teaching tools will be further considered. For example, in autumn 2012, a part of the case assignments will be video recorded.

Communication and interaction

Although Moodle is now in use, it is not yet in full interactive use between the students and the teachers.

Learning and feedback

“Älä lähde soitellen sotaan; ei ihan heittämällä” was Marja’s spontanoeus comment.

That is, teachers actually have to learn how to use web based platforms; a task which takes time. Further, the question of which one of the university’s web based platforms to use was raised (and what are those platforms?).

The students probably did know how to use Moodle as a web based learning platform. In spring 2012, only one question was raised in regard of Moodle: one student asked the teachers to insert a “box” for the returning of a case study.

Although the initial testing of Moodle takes some additional work days, Moodle does reduce the teachers’ workload in overall.

And as for the Basic information on the courses:

TU-22.1113 Design of Production Systems A, 6 cr

Aim of the course: To elaborate the concepts and theories that aim to explain and predict the design and operation of production systems from strategy level down to daily performance. Further objective is to apply the acquired theoretical and conceptual knowledge in practice for hands-on skills through case studies and a practical assignment.

This course is aimed for all the students at DIEM (approximately 45 persons a year).

TU-22.1115 Design of Production Systems B, 4 cr

Aim of the course: To elaborate the concepts and theories that aim to explain and predict the design and operation of production systems from strategy level down to daily performance. Further objective is to apply the acquired theoretical and conceptual knowledge in practice for hands-on skills through case studies and a practical assignment.

This course is aimed for all the students at DIEM (approximately 100-200 persons a year).

TU-22.1214 Demand-Supply Network Management P, 5 cr

Aim of the course; To familiarize the participants with the challenges, principles and methods of integrating demand networks with supply networks in the contemporary co-opetitive business system environment.

Course links:

TU-22.1113 Design of Production Systems A, 6 cr

TU-22.1115 Design of Production Systems B, 4 cr

TU-22.1214 Demand-Supply Network Management P, 5 cr