Lean Six Sigma (LSS) is a methodology and way of thinking that enhances the performance of an organization. It first was applied in the manufacturing industry but now it is being utilized in healthcare, government, education and several institutions. LSS provides a template to simultaneously reduce waste, improve the quality of products and services, improve customer satisfaction and increase profitability. Lean Six Sigma certification requires participants to not only learn the concepts but to demonstrate understanding of concepts through application in simulation projects.
What is a Blended Approach?
This approach combines the traditional classroom style with online self-paced learning using technology. The extent to which this approach is used will vary depending on the type of technology, the organization, and the material that needs to be covered. Because Blended Learning combines several different learning styles, it allows participants to work at their own pace and at their own convenience. Class time is then designed for discussing applications of concepts to the work environment and clarifying areas that might not have been clear.
What are the Benefits of a Blended Approach?
- 24/7 online learning access. Prior to class, participants learn the core material. After class they are able to use the information as job aids.
- Consistent training delivery. The material as presented ensures that everyone receives the same message which ultimately ensures alignment of company processes.
- More effective use of classroom time. With participants at the same level, classroom time focuses more on knowledge application, discussions and hands-on simulations or application to company projects.
- High retention & better mentoring. Retention increases when users are able to control their own pace and can review material outside of the class, leaving class time for coaching.
- Increased access to knowledge, overtime. The online job aids provides the means to reinforce the learning process at the completion of the program.
What are the components of Blended Learning?
Flip through the “Lean Six Sigma” SlideShare to get a few ideas on the components of blended learning. The slides also outline the requirements for our certification program.
Now that you have been introduced to the components of the blended learning program for LSS Green Belt, sign up for our next course by September 4, 2015. For registration details about our Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Program, visit: http://go.osu.edu/green-belt-registration or call 740-725-6325.
Norma Simons is Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, president of Performance Innovation LLC, and an AEC Solution Partner. Norma heads a team of qualified professionals in the areas of Lean and Six Sigma. Her success is attributed to her unique integration of performance improvement systems such as Lean, Six Sigma, Design for Six Sigma, quality management systems, business operating systems, and balanced scorecards that have enabled the effective execution of organizational strategy and, ultimately, bottom-line results.