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A study visit to a vitual company
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Occupational science.
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Occupational science.
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Occupational science.
2012 (English)In: NGL 2012  Next Generation Learning Conference: Conference proceedings, Falun: Högskolan Dalarna , 2012, 69-74 p.Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

To integrate study visits to different workplaces in higher education implies important benefits for the course quality. The study visit gives the students a better understanding for the real situations they will meet in working life. However for practical and economical reasons is that not always possible. The purpose of this project is to create a virtual company that shall replace the real one for study visits. The goal is to create a realistic picture and that intended use of it can come as close as possible to a real study visit. It is also important to facilitate linking theory and practice. The virtual company is built up by pictures, videos and text. All material is made available on a web page and when entering the students will meet a layout of the company. From that position is it possible to walk around and look at videos from different workstations. Besides that can they also listen to interviews with managers and representatives of staff as well as reading reports concerning productivity and the work environment. The focus of the study visit is work sciences, therefore the material also include some visualized information about work hazards. On the web page there are also a number of tasks for the students to carry out. Until the autumn 2011, 132 students at Dalarna University have visited and produced reports from the virtual company. They were studying in programs for mechanical engineering, production technicians and human resource management. An evaluation among some ten students showed that the study visit to the virtual company is flexible in time and effective, but that students wish to have even more detailed information about the company. Experiences from four years of use in a number of classes show that the concept is worth further development. Furthermore with production of new material the concept is likely to be applicable for other purposes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Falun: Högskolan Dalarna , 2012. 69-74 p.
Keyword [en]
Virtual company, visualization, work environment, productivity.
Keyword [sv]
Virtuellt företag, visualisering, arbetsmiljö, produktivitet
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Other Natural Sciences
Research subject
Komplexa system - mikrodataanalys, General Microdata Analysis - manufacturing
URN: urn:nbn:se:du-11381ISBN: 978-91-85941-47-6OAI: diva2:573121
NGL 2012 Next Generation Learning Conference, February 21–23, 2012, Falun, Sweden
Available from: 2012-11-30 Created: 2012-11-29 Last updated: 2012-11-30Bibliographically approved

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