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Collaboration with Costa Rica Tech through onLine-course on lean logistics

Oct. 20, 2015 – By Henry Quesada

From May 12 to August 5, 2015 associate professor Henry Quesada at the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials at Virginia Tech delivered an online-course on Lean Logistics for students of the manufacturing systems master degree program at the Costa Rica institute of Technology (Costa Rica Tech).
The delivery methods included synchronous and asynchronous online activities. The platform scholar hosted at Virginia tech was used for the asynchronous part of the course. Scholar is one of Virginia Tech’s learning management systems. The tool Webex was used for the synchronous (live meetings) of the course. Students and the instructor met once a week during the time of the course. Webex is a unique platform that allows the replication of many face-to-face classrooms features such as sharing of presentations, blackboard, and various methods for student engagement.
A total of 34 students participated in the 12-week master level class. The Department of Sustainable Biomaterials is one of the country leaders in packaging and design systems. Logistics is an important component in this area of research and companies are putting a lot of resources in understanding their supply chains and how to make it more effective and efficient. Lean Management applied to logistics and supply chain is a growing area of interest for companies given the potential for increasing the performance of the supply chain through the application of lean management tools. If you are interested in learning more about online learning and lean logistics, please contact Dr. Henry Quesada at We will be happy to assist you.



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