Third Lean Higher Ed Conference

I will be speaking at the Third International Conference on Lean Six Sigma for Higher Education at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, on 8-9 June 2015. This is going to be a great conference with lots of great speakers. Learn from their experiences and share your own by submitting a paper and by attending the conference.

The title and description of my keynote talk is:

“Application of Lean to Teaching” Lean principles and practices have been applied to higher education in recent years, but almost exclusively to improve administrative processes. This talk will describe how Lean has been applied to improve an academic process, teaching, over a 15 year period. Benefits for students include more focused course content, clearer expectations, unambiguous learning outcomes, greater ability to focus on learning, and more timely feedback. Benefits for professors include better course design and organization, fewer teaching errors, improved student engagement, focused assignments, and simplified grading. Student evaluation data show that professors can achieve a 0.5 to 1.5 point increase in student evaluation scores for overall excellence of course and instructor using the Lean teaching pedagogy.

The title and description of my workshop is:

“Lean Leadership for Higher Education” Problem-solving in higher education cannot be met using traditional approaches that drive people apart and do not lead to improvements demanded by students and other stakeholders. Lean management is a better approach to improving administrative and academic processes and which offers the unique opportunity to do good without doing harm. This talk will present how university leaders should begin a Lean transformation and identify specific errors to avoid to help assure broad-based buy-in for change. The importance of kaizen as the principal means for improving processes will also discussed.

We can have a great dialog together with professors from around the world. And we’ll surely have a great time visiting beautiful Edinburgh. I hope to see you there!

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