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Using Web Pages to Create A Learning Community. Prof. Phillip R. Rosenkrantz Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering Department California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. The Learning Organization. Based on Dr. Peter Senge's book THE FIFTH DISCIPLINE (1990). Vision.

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Using Web Pages to CreateA Learning Community

Prof. Phillip R. RosenkrantzIndustrial & Manufacturing Engineering DepartmentCalifornia State Polytechnic University, Pomona

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The Learning Organization

  • Based on Dr. Peter Senge's book THE FIFTH DISCIPLINE (1990)

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  • Create significant initial interest in the subject and then carry the learning experience well beyond the last lecture.

  • Students become involved with creating web pages that share their findings with others.

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  • Classes

  • Senior Projects

  • Proposed strategies and enhancements

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The Disciplines of the "Learning Organization"

  • Building shared vision

  • Mental models

  • Personal mastery

  • Team learning

  • Systems thinking

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Characteristics of the Learning Organization (Garvin):

  • Systematic problem solving

  • Experimentation with new approaches

  • Learning from experiences

  • Learning from best practices of others, and

  • Transferring knowledge across the organization quickly

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Three Examples From Engineering Curriculum

  • Direct involvement of the instructor in creating the web pages ranged from none to almost 100%

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Example 1IME 499 Engineering Colloquium

  • Weekly topic related to a theme

  • Guest speakers

  • Student/faculty prepared web pages

  • Theme: "What a young engineer should know about…"

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Six Topics Were Covered

  • Qualifying For and Getting a Good Job

  • Graduate School

  • Career Strategy

  • Becoming a Consultant

  • Corporate Culture and Company Politics

  • High Performance Work Habits

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A Web Site Was Created to Share the Results:


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  • The results were very good

  • Students looked forward to the finished web page each week

  • Students were proud to see their names on the top of the page

  • Other benefits

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Lessons Learned

  • This level of customization is too time consuming for the instructor

  • Students build the web pages or use a standard format

  • Students could volunteer to learn how to author web pages

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Example 2Topic Papers

  • Students prepared two-page topic papers on a wide variety of subjects

  • Pages available for viewing and printing

  • Students can return to the site any time for updating and continuing education

  • Exposure motivates students to do a better job


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Example 3Senior Project

  • A team of students is preparing a web site as a resource

  • Information about ISO-9000, QS-9000, Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, and similar standards

  • Information about the standards and what it takes for successful implementation

  • Companies interviewed and the results presented.

  • Resource for current, past, and future students

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Other Ideas

  • Threaded discussions on related topics

  • Surveys about practices with results posted

  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section

  • Lists of contacts and resources

  • Annotated Bibliography or Webliography

  • Links page

  • Downloadable PowerPoint Presentations for use by members of the learning community

  • Chat rooms to discuss topics or issues

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  • Web pages can be used to create a network among students and alumni to foster lifelong learning, networking, and updating of knowledge and beliefs. This is a very valuable activity as we enter the knowledge based twenty-first century. (Drucker, 1999) Faculty can generate student interest and involvement using web pages as a medium for publicly sharing the results of their work.