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Welcome to IT Sligo’s award winning MOOC!

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The Lean Sigma Quality MOOC is a free seven-week online course delivered through IT Sligo’s online learning platform (Moodle).  As the course is delivered fully online, there is NO requirement to attend IT Sligo.  This award winning course has been delivered to over 5000 participants in 50 countries and is brought to you by Ireland’s largest online six sigma course provider.

The course will provide you with videos lectures, discussion forums, quizzes and additional resources on Lean Sigma Quality topics.

If you reach a minimum grade of 50%, you will be automatically awarded an electronic certificate that you can display online.

It allows you to learn about Lean Sigma and also gives you a glimpse of what IT Sligo’s award-winning online courses are like. The MOOC runs from October – December each year. Register below for the next running of the MOOC.

How do I register for the course?

If you wish to join the course or are just interested in hearing more, you can register below on Eventbrite and we will email you with access instructions before the MOOC commences in October.


Already registered?

You can login on our IT Sligo MOOC site.

What does this course cover?

Watch our introductory video on Youtube.

Lean Six Sigma has been around for more than two decades and since then it has been embraced by leading global companies in the manufacturing and service industries. It has become the foremost process improvement approach for organisations that wish to attain world class performance in quality and customer satisfaction. The tools and techniques are now expanding to the healthcare and government sectors where benefits have been achieved in productivity, efficiency and elimination of ‘waste’ – a term used in Lean Sigma quality which refers to anything that does not add value to the product or service. On this course, the following topics will be addressed:

  • Introduction to Lean and ‘waste’ elimination
  • Lean Tools
  • Error Proofing (poka-yoke)
  • 5S and Visual Factory
  • Introduction to Six Sigma and variation reduction
  • Six Sigma DMAIC problem solving methodology
  • 7 Quality Tools
  • Descriptive Statistics
  • Lean & Six Sigma examples from Manufacturing, Service and Healthcare sectors

Who will be teaching this course?

Dr. John Donovan, Brian Coll.

Brian Coll is a lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering

& Design at the Institute of Technology, Sligo, Ireland where he currently teaches on the quality, engineering and science courses. He lectures primarily to online students and was instrumental in developing the first video podcasts of lectures for online students in Ireland. Brian is a regular contributor to conferences on trends in online higher

education particularly as it relates to the use of new technology in helping to up-skill the workforce. Brian has over 20 years experience in quality management and has held senior positions at Director and VP level in multinational companies in Europe, USA and Mexico. He is also the holder of an SMT Vision Award (USA) for the work he undertook in the development of a time-temperature label which solved a long standing process control problem in electronics manufacturing. Brian holds a US patent for his work in this area, a B. Eng. (Industrial) from University College Galway and an M.Sc. (Quality) from the University of Limerick, Ireland.

Dr. John Donovan, who holds a PhD in Reliability Engineering from the University of Limerick, is one of the most experienced online lecturers in the School of Engineering and Design, having taught online since 2002. John also has significant industrial experience which he gained before joining IT Sligo in 1993. An active researcher, who regularly presents at conferences and has published in 36 refereed publications, his main focus has been in the area of Industrial Statistics, process simulation, modeling & optimisation.

How will the course be taught?

This course will use the same technology as IT Sligo’s existing award winning online courses. This course will consist of a series of weekly short recorded lectures as well as extra learning resources that can be accessed online at any time.  During the course, you will have access to discussion areas where you can ask questions and get support from your lecturer’s and classmates as you work through the materials.  You will be able to take regular quizzes to see how you progressing.

Will I get certification for completing this course?

If you reach a minimum grade in all the quizzes you will be automatically awarded an electronic certificate of accomplishment that you can display online. There will be a quiz following each online lecture and your best five out of six quizzes will count towards your final grade.  In line with other free (MOOC) courses, there are no college credits assigned to this MOOC. 

IT Sligo offer online accredited (fee paying) courses at Six Sigma Yellow Belt, Green Belt and Black Belt levels.  The most suitable follow on course from the MOOC is our Six Sigma Yellow belt.  This is a one-semester course (5 credits) at Level 7 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). More details are on our website:  

Do IT Sligo offer other online Six Sigma courses?

Yes, IT Sligo are Ireland’s largest provider of online six sigma courses to the local and multinational sector. We offer the following QQI accredited online courses at Level 7 and Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

The IT Sligo Six Sigma courses also cover the Body of Knowledge (BOK) for the American Society for Quality (ASQ) certifications. In addition to your IT Sligo certificate, you have the option of obtaining an additional ASQ certification by attending a 1 day workshop and taking the ASQ exam. Fees for the external workshop and ASQ exam are paid directly to the external provider.

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