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Teaching and Learning from Short Industrial Placements

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Judith Shawcross from Manufacturing Industry Education Research Group (MIERG) is going to share her research work linking ISMM short industrial placements and manufacturing teaching and learning. The seminar summary is the following:

Short Industrial placements – a framework to support teaching and learning

Short industrial placements, where groups of students tackle a real company issue in the workplace, are key features of IfM programmes in both the Industrial Systems Manufacturing and Management (ISMM) MPhil programme and the Manufacturing Engineering Tripos (MET). As part of doctoral research to identify how students can be supported in developing complex work place related skills during Higher Education, an evidence based framework of key activities has been developed.

An action research approach was used in collaboration with the ISMM cohort and tutors of 2012-2013. Four action research cycles were used to enable the development of the framework over the four rounds of short industrial placements used in ISMM .

This framework describes a short industrial placement in terms of seventeen broad activity groups. Twelve are related to specific process stages from ‘making sense of the placement brief’ to ‘submitting the placement report’ , a further two activity groups capture the ‘management’ aspects of placements and the final three relate to generic activity groups that underpin the whole placement. Each activity group is then broken down into a number of key activities resulting in a more detailed level framework.

The challenges are now to use this framework to support both teaching and student learning for ISMM , to see if it represents other short industrial placements used in other programmes and to continue research into more generic components that remain un-captured in a useful format.

For further details contact Judith Shawcross jks45@cam.ac.uk Manufacturing Industry Education Research Group (MIERG)

This talk is part of the Manufacturing Research Forum series.

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