As you may know, I have been a passionate practitioner and advocate of the application of Lean principles and practices to teaching for more than 20 years. On 19 October 2020 I gave a presentation titled "Eliminating Waste in Teaching: The Brilliant Life and Work of Dr. Lillian Gilbreth." Click on … [Read more...] about Lean HE2020 Global Conference Presentation
In higher education, the job of a professor is well-defined. It consists of three things: teaching, research, and service to the university and one's profession. Teaching involves three tasks: preparation (of the course), execution (delivering the course), and follow-up (guiding students' work, … [Read more...] about Why University Teaching Rarely Improves
I have been a professor for close to 20 years now, after having spent the previous 15 years in industry where I worked in engineering, manufacturing, and supply chain management. There are many positives associated with teaching that I would like to share with you, as well as a few … [Read more...] about The Rewards of Teaching
A new president of a public university has these four goals*: Increase student enrollment Maintain academic excellence Expand community engagement Develop additional sources of funding Notice anything odd among the four goals? It should be Goal 2, "Maintain academic excellence." Goals 1, … [Read more...] about Maintain Academic Excellence?
John Smyth, the author of The Toxic University, talks about his book in this interesting article: "Author discusses ideas in his new book, 'The Toxic University'" (IHE, 12 July 2017) My key takeaway is that those responsible for pricing tuition and fees bear full responsibility for the toxic … [Read more...] about The Toxic University
Kaizen is practical method for improving any processes, and thus it can also be applied to the design and delivery of courses. In order for kaizen to be effective, kaizen participants must be given strict conditions under which improvements are made. These conditions take the form of "Nos" or … [Read more...] about Professor Emiliani’s “Nos” for Teaching