A. Jäger, W Mayrhofer, P. Kuhlang, K. Matyas, W. Sihn:
"Total Immersion: Hands and Heads-On Training in a Learning Factory for Comprehensive Industrial Engineering Education";
International Journal of Engineering Education,
The `Learning and Innovation Factory for Integrative Production Education (LF)´ at the Vienna University of
Technology (VUT) is the basis of the case study presented in this paper. One of the key objectives of the Learning
Factory was to develop an immersive learning environment resulting in an integrated hands-on and `heads-on´ educational
laboratory. One key-challenge was the utilization of the potential of problem-based and action-oriented learning and its
transfer to higher education in industrial engineering. The teaching methodology harnesses the advantages of an
interdisciplinary, experience-based and applied approach to learning and knowledge transfer, in order to build and
hone the key competences of future industrial engineers. This is done in the context of a comprehensive approach to the
Product Development Process, spanning the entire genesis of a product from product conception to serial production.
Therefore, the pilot course was dubbed the `integrative Product Emergence Process´ (i-PEP). The presented case study
shows the first results with respect to competence development for industrial engineers and presents the current approach
of the VUT-LF and intended future developments.
hands-on training; industrial engineering education; learning by doing; immersive learning environment; problem-based learning; action-oriented learning
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