What is Lean Teaching?

What is Lean Teaching?
The application of Lean principles and practices to teaching.

What are Lean Principles and Practices?
The Lean principles are “Continuous Improvement” and “Respect for People,” and Lean practices are the tools and methods commonly associated with the Toyota production system (TPS).

What is the purpose of Lean Teaching?
To improve the value of higher education for students, payers, and employers.

How is the value of higher education improved?
By improving the quality of teaching (reduction in errors), by improving flow (eliminating waste, unevenness, and unreasonableness), and by improving the quality of learning (retention and correct application).

Does Lean Teaching apply only to classroom teaching?
No, it applies to online teaching as well.

Is Lean Teaching only for higher ed?
No, Lean teaching can be used by K-12 educators as well, or by anyone who teaches or trains people.

And, also, what is Lean?
Lean is the name given to a system of progressive management practice developed over time to improve how organizations serve buyers’ markets for the goods and services that they produce. The definition of Lean management that appears in Lean Teaching is: “A non-zero-sum principle-based management system focused on creating value for end-use customers and eliminating waste, unevenness, and unreasonableness using the scientific method.”

Contrary to popular opinion, the raison d‘etre of Lean is NOT cost cutting or layoffs. Instead, it is to develop human resources by teaching people how to identify and correct problems at the source.

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