Introduction to Project Management for Educators
In this workshop, you will use project management techniques and other project-based learning strategies to create engaging learning for your students. You will finish by creating a unit of instruction that integrates project management techniques in a learning project.
You will be required to share this project, with it being pubicly accessible in an online database. Please make sure you keep this in mind as you plan and design your learning project.
You’ll learn all these skills by creating, perfecting, and sharing your original project-based lesson plan. We’ll work collaboratively to give each other feedback and suggestions on each other's projects.
- Title: Introduction to Project Management for Educators
- Credits: 1 PD Credit (must sign up for credit during first week of workshop)
You should be able to perform the following:
- Identify and locate specific URLs
- Conduct basic Internet research
- Create and save documents in Google Drive
- Download and install programs
- Update operating system software and other software tools
- Use a digital camera, microphone, and webcam
- Send and receive emails and attachments
- Communicate with various online tools, such as Gmail chat, Google Hangout, or Skype
- Post and reply to discussion forums
Moodle site: http://boisestate.mrooms3.net
This workshop is online, asynchronous, and learner-centered, meaning that learning is active and requires participation from all students.
Research on learner-centered teaching indicates that it helps students learn more and understand better (Felder & Brent, 1996). Teaching is not something that can only be done by a teacher. Students need to be involved and participate in the process. Therefore, this workshop may be different from previous workshops you have taken.
Additionally, in a learner-centered workshop, you will develop skills you will use in your current or future careers. Prospective employers prefer people who know how to take responsibility for their learning.
Your cooperation and support in this style of teaching and learning is essential to its success. If you adopt an active learning mode, taking responsibility for your own learning and providing helpful feedback to your classmates, you will help build a positive and sustainable environment for learning.
Felder, R. M., & Brent, R. (1996). Navigating the bumpy road to student-centered instruction. College Teaching, 44(2), 43–47.
Why do we use the term "facilitator" instead of "instructor?"
The nature of an online workshop lends itself better, we think, to a leader with the role of facilitator. A facilitator leads class discussions, directs students to online resources, and helps the participants succeed in a social learning environment. Here is a good explanation of why facilitators might be better than instructors for online teaching and learning:
"A facilitator, on the other hand, is an instructor who leads the class in discussions based on the material covered. This is a student-centered approach. Facilitators rarely lecture; instead, they lead the class to discuss the material and share personal insights from real-world examples. This approach allows students to apply the information to their own situations, making the learning more meaningful to them."
Lyle, L. (n.d.). Teacher or Facilitator? - TopTenREVIEWS. Retrieved from http://online-education-review.toptenreviews.com/teacher-or-facilitator-.html
During this workshop you will:
- Identify project management principles
- Critique project-based learning
- Apply project management principles and strategies in the classroom
- Create a lesson plan or unit of instruction that integrates project management and/or project-based learning
Tips on succeeding
- Read the syllabus and understand how you will be assessed in this workshop. Ask for clarifications as needed.
- Add your facilitator to your Gmail contact list.
- Use our discussion forums instead of sending your facilitator an email. This saves time and enables other participants to learn answers to oftentimes the same questions.
- Use Gmail chat or Moodle messaging for quick and immediate answers to questions.
- Login to the workshop often and stay on top of discussion forums and communication.
- Give yourself enough time to work on assignments—don’t wait until the weekend to begin working on a weekly assignment.
- Contact your facilitator IMMEDIATELY if you need help or find yourself getting behind.
- Be impeccable in your writing and research—understand what constitutes plagiarism.
- Expect to struggle and spend time in learning.
- If you find you will not be able to complete the workshop, please contact your facilitator and unenroll from the workshop.
This workshop has been designed to accommodate student needs and differentiate instruction, respecting your schedule and technology skills. Thus, you will have the ability to either follow the recommended workshop schedule or work ahead, accessing future modules/weeks when you have completed the requirements.
IMPORTANT: In order for the next module to be visible, you must complete all of the activities in the preceding module (all of the boxes checked). The first module will be available the first day of class once you have completed all of the activities preceding that.
Most of the activities and assignments have requirements (such as posting to forums) before the assignment will be marked completed (a check mark to the right). Some of the resources simply require viewing for completion (such as the Syllabus).
Late Assignments: Weekly activities and assignment MUST be completed every week by Sunday, 11:55 pm, Mountain Time. As this is a fast-paced four-week workshop, we cannot take time to go back to review and grade assignments that have been submitted past the due date. Therefore, NO LATE ASSIGNMENTS will be accepted.
You will need a computer with speakers and constant Internet access. High speed Internet access yields the best results in this class.
A microphone will be required for this course for narrating presentations and attending optional web meetings. For web conferencing, a headset is recommended. To record presentations, you can often use an internal microphone with good results. A webcam is also strongly recommended.
Logging in to course
This is an asynchronous, online course. Should you plan on traveling during the workshop, make sure you will have access to the Internet to complete assignments.
You should get in the habit of logging in to our course site at least once a day or 2 - 3 times per week, to check on any news postings, new student posts, and other course additions.
Participation in discussions
This class requires posting to discussion forums and composing thoughtful replies to your classmates' work.
It is essential you apply criticism and comments effectively and with compassion. You will need to post replies that include the positive as well as ways your classmates might improve their work.
Remember, writing can easily be misinterpreted. Make sure you post appropriately and with empathy to all course communications. Follow standard rules of polite online behavior or netiquette at all times.
According to the BSU Student Code of Conduct: "Cheating or plagiarism in any form is unacceptable. The University functions to promote the cognitive and psychosocial development of all students.
Therefore, all work submitted by a student must represent her/his own ideas, concepts, and current understanding. Academic dishonesty also includes submitting substantial portions of the same academic course work to more than one course for credit without prior permission of the instructor(s)."
For this course, plagiarism will apply to three categories: Cheating, Non-attribution, and Patch-writing:
- Cheating: Borrowing, purchasing, or obtaining work composed by someone else and submitting it under one's own name. The minimum penalty is an "F" in the course; the maximum penalty, suspension from the university.
- Non-attributions: Failing to cite passages or ideas from the work of another. First-time offense is review of source attribution and revision of the paper. Continued non-attribution in work will result in an "F" in the course and possible suspension from the university.
- Patch-writing: Writing passages that are not copied exactly, but have been borrowed from another source. First offense: review and revision of assignment. Continued patch-writing will result in an "F in the course and possible suspension from the university.
Important Note: Both citation and quotation marks are required whenever you copy exact words and phrases from a source. When you paraphrase or summarize but do not copy exactly, citation is still required. When in doubt, cite. Over-citation is an error, but under-citation is plagiarism. Your citations should follow APA style, 6th edition.
Assignments & Evaluation
You are required to complete ALL assignments to receive a final score for this course. This course is set as Pass/Fail (70% or better).
This course also includes completion tracking, which enables you to quickly and easily see which activities have not been completed by viewing the checkbox at the right-hand side of the activity.
Not all of the assignments are graded. Please check the gradebook (click "Grades" under the Course Administration block) to view the Ungraded and Graded categories.
IMPORTANT NOTE: You will want to know how to view your grades in Moodle and how to view detailed comments on individual checklist/rubric criteria. Please view this resource to find out how to do this: http://boisebarbara.clarify-it.com/d/hyavr2
Study time expected
Plan to spend about five hours per week, depending upon your skill level. It is in your best interest to start early on each assignment, to give yourself time to fix technical issues or get help before a due date passes.
Week 1: Introduction to Project Management
- Definition of projects
- Definition and principles of Project Management
Week 2: Introduction to Project-based Learning: Steps to Managing Projects
- Set goals
- Plan steps
Week 3: Project-based Learning in the Classroom
- Do it
- Review it
Week 4: Integrating Project Management and Project-based Learning into the Classroom
- Find and share great examples of project-based learning
- Create resource of projects
- Project Management beyond the classroom
Assignments / Projects
Please note: ALL assignments and activities must be completed in order to complete this course and receive credit. If you are taking this course for no credit, you will still need to complete all activities and receive a passing score to receive a certificate of completion.
- Final Project Discussion (60 points)
- Module One: Knowledge Check (100 points)
- Share your Project Brief Discussion (60 points)
- Module Two: Knowledge Check (100 points)
- Module Three: Knowledge Check (100 points)
- Share Your Final Project Discussion (100 points)
- Post-Assessment (100 points)
Total Possible Points = 620 points
Participants have the option of earning one credit of Professional Education Credit from Boise State University, funded by PMIEF for the first 20 students.
The signup form for this credit is available at: https://acecreek.boisestate.
Please complete this form by the first week of the workshop.
Keep in mind that once you sign up for Professional Education Credit, you must successfully pass the workshop to receive a passing grade for the course.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: If you change your mind about this credit after signing up, please contact Jill Hella at Boise State University (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you do not cancel your request and do not successfully complete the course, you will receive a failing score for the credit, so it is important to do this!
Moodle and Technical Support
We think you will find our Moodle platform intuitive and easy to use. However, should you need assistance, we are ready to help. Please send an email to Moodle Support:
You should receive a response within 24 hours, Monday - Friday.
Also, your facilitator should be able to help with minor Moodle and/or technical issues, so check with him/her as well.
Subject to Change Notice
The facilitator reserves the right to change this syllabus. You will be notified of any changes immediately through the Announcements forum.