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TU Wien Learning & Innovation Factory for Integrative Production Education

: Jäger, Andreas; Mayrhofer, Walter; Kuhlang, Peter; Matyas, Kurt; Sihn, Wilfried

Hochschule Reutlingen, ESB Business School:
The Learning Factory 2015 : An Annual Edition from the Network of Innovative Learning Factories
Frankfurt am Main: Next Level Interactive, 2015
ISBN: 978-3-9817508-0-5
Book Article
Fraunhofer Austria ()
Lernumgebung; Lernfabrik; Ausbildung

This paper presents the “Learning and Innovation Factory for Integrative Production Education” as a case study for a modern didactic approach at the Vienna University of Technology (VUT). The developed teaching methodology is combining the advantage of an interdisciplinary, experiences-based and applied approach to knowledge transfer, aiming to enhance the key competences of future industrial engineers. The goal of this program is to teach the entire genesis of a product from product conception to serial production, which is also known as the Product Development Process or more comprehensively the Product Emergence Process (PEP). Hence, the pilot course was titled “integrative Product Emergence Process” (i-PEP).
This paper illustrates how the potential of problem-based and action oriented learning can be transferred to higher education in industrial engineering by means of an immersive learning environment that was dubbed “Learning Factory”. In this context, the case study deals with competence development for industrial engineers and presents the current approach of the VUT-Learning Factory and of its intended future direction.