Teaching Factory approach - an alternative learning concept for digital transformation


Theme 4   Alternative teaching approaches.

Researchers and academics.

Against the background of the digital transformation in organisations, alternative learning concepts that promote informal learning in addition to formal learning are becoming more and more important. One of these approaches, which has recently been gaining in im-portance, is that of the learning factory or teaching factory approach. The three-year EU project "Digital Coach" addresses this issue. The project partners of the project include the Institute of Industrial Engineering (IAW) and the Chair of Production Systems (LPS) (inclu-ding the Learning and Research Factory) at the Ruhr University Bochum (Germany), the Technology Centre of Industry 4.0 at Budapest University (Hungary), the Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems and Automation at Patras University (Greece) and the manage-ment consultancy Eniochos Consulting (Greece). The project consortium also consists of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry from Pécs-Baranya (Hungary), Gabrovo (Bulga-ria) and Heraklion (Greece). The guiding question of the project "Digital Coach" is how the actors of the education system can succeed in promoting the necessary competences that are required for an advantageous design of the digital transformation in organisations. To answer this question, the project uses the learning concept of the "Learning Factory" and the "Teaching Factory". The knowledge gained will be used to establish the field of activity of the digital coach and to develop a corresponding qualification programme.

The concept of the learning factory as a special form of workplace-oriented learning has gained enormous importance in recent years with regard to the acquisition of competences that are of central importance for the digital transformation, which can be observed in the dramatic increase in the number of learning factories in EU countries (Sudhoff et al., 2020). Learning Factories are characterised by the inclusion of both tacit and explicit knowledge, the simulation of real value-creation processes, the active involvement of participants and their interactive collaboration. The Teaching Factory approach (Abele et al., 2017) also aims to integrate industrial stakeholders and real manufacturing problems into the learning process. Conceptually, the Teaching Factory approach is based on the American concept of the Teaching Hospital approach (Chryssolouris et al., 2016).

The following questions are the main focus: How can the quality of the competence develo-pment measures be ensured within the framework of the Teaching Factory concept? What does the quality of these measures depend on? How can the transfer of learning from the digital competences acquired in the Teaching Factory to the world of work be guaranteed?



Presented by: Dr. Martin Kröll (1, 1)

Lecture (20 min)


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