Project Management for Continuous Improvement and Career Resilience

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Brief Abstract

This session will highlight how project management tools such as planning, status reporting, and stakeholder management can improve the operations of online learning programs.  Opportunities for professional development (OLC class Project Management for Instructional Designers), certification (PMI PMP), and the value of these skills for career resilience will be presented. 

Presenters

Director of Online Learning Programs at U.Va. She is responsible for managing production for U.Va.'s partnership with Coursera. Her passion project is an outreach program with Africa that has provided over 24,000 scholarships and reached learners in every country on the continent. Before U.Va., she was successfully delivering enterprise technology projects for various companies including Walt Disney, Hewlett-Packard, eBay and Intuit. She joined U.Va. in 2011.
Dr. Lora Pilgrim builds institutional capacity in online learning through faculty development training, instructional design support and project management at the University of the West Indies, as an Online Learning Specialist in the Office of Online Learning. Her research interests include online learning leadership, the use of project management in instructional design, programme evaluation and the development of online doctoral programmes.

Extended Abstract

This session will highlight how project management tools such as planning, status reporting, communication plans, RACI charts, risk mitigation, and stakeholder identification can improve the operations of online learning and instructional design programs.  Opportunities for professional development (OLC  workshop - Project Management for Instructional Designers), certification (Project Management Institute Project Management Professional - PMI PMP), and the value of these skills for career resilience will be presented.  

 

The first part of the session will look at specific project management tools and provide templates for attendees to leverage in their organization.  The second part of the presentation will look at how gaining skills and certification in project management can lead to more career options and build career resilience.  The final part of the presentation will be an overview of the PMI PMP certification and a look at the OLC Project Management for Instructional Designers professional development workshop.

Attendees will walk away from this session with: 

  • An understanding of how leveraging project management tools can improve business processes

  • A variety of project management templates: communication plan, status report, RACI diagram, risk mitigation plan, stakeholder chart

  • Insight for how (OLC workshop, PMI PMP) and why (continuous improvement, improved leadership, career resilience) to develop project management expertise