Title Modular teaching and learning offers for contemporary and needed further education
Project Number D/04/B/F/PP-146 157
Product Reducing product failures and increasing productivity
Title Reducing product failures and increasing productivity
Product Type modules
A series of sessions on the following sup topics:
- Introduction session: What is Microteaching?
- Session on sup topic 1: Increasing productivity
- Session on sup topic 2: FMC control panel (Product example)
- Session on sup topic 3: Side control URM (Product example)
- Rounding off: Half day workshops on the quality of products, the possibility for improvements, realisation and personal contribution
Target group Production employees (and R&D employees)
Kverneland Mechatronics is part of the international Kverneland group. Kverneland group develops and produces agricultural machinery. Kverneland Mechatronics is a medium-sized Research & Development organisation that develops and produces mechatronics for all companies in the Kverneland group.
Kverneland Mechatronics pays attention to training their employees on a regular basis. The Director is involved in management of technology courses. The R&D employees take courses and are involved in practical work. The Director talks about important developments to all the employees in his ‘monthly talk of the boss’
Microteaching topics During the start of the project the Director expressed his ambition to focus on the following topics:
• Training new employees
• Deepening the knowledge (Production employees)
• Track-and-Tracing (R&D)
• Looking over the horizon / long term thinking (Management and R&D)
Choice of topic Because of the lack of regular training the Director decided to begin by focusing on the production employees, with the aim of increasing their knowledge, and involving them and letting them learn from their experience. Increasing the involvement was also an important issue.
The sessions Small groups (four to five people) involving production employees and one R&D employee joined the session on product quality and improving productivity. Each session was organised a number of times to offer all employee the opportunity to participate. The employees first took part in a session devoted to the product on which they had been working. The new Microteaching approach was explained in an introductory session for all the employees. Even the yearly half day meeting for all the employees about quality improvement has been organised using a Microteaching approach.
Active work form Brainstorm session and discussions were used to stimulate new ideas. The Director used PowerPoint slide with visuals. A flip-chart was used to support the dialogue and to make an inventory of the ideas. The Director raised questions and encouraged all participants to join the discussion. During the yearly half day workshop the Microteaching approach was used. In several session small groups of four to five people from all the departments (the work floor, R&D and Management) discussed the quality of products, the possibility for improvements, realisation and personal contribution. Group results were presented. The facilitators were briefed by the Director to focus on the Microteaching success factors.
Evaluation The Director is enthusiastic about the approach and will continue. He sees no problems. He uses and implements the basic Microteaching principles at the other Kverneland companies. This will be an on-going process. The Microteaching concept will be used as a tool to improve local business and it is expected to help improve communication with the employees.
Area of application
Sharing information to improve quality and raise awareness
Knowledge exchange to support the change in attitude
Companies that want to focus on intrinsic motivation and working behaviour
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