Project Management Methods for the Implementation of an Online Faculty Development Course

Project Management Methods for the Implementation of an Online Faculty Development Course

Andrew A. Tawfik (Concordia University Chicago, USA), Carol Reiseck (Concordia University Chicago, USA) and Richard Richter (Concordia University Chicago, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4237-9.ch009
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Abstract

The case study describes the project management methods used in the implementation of a faculty development course at a small liberal arts university. The faculty development course, which was delivered online through the Learning Management System (Blackboard), not only provided faculty with technical competencies, but also a pedagogical framework for online instruction. As faculty members began to see the potential of using technology to overcome time and distance challenges, they became more interested in online education. To accomplish the project goals, the instructional design team created a detailed spreadsheet that outlined the design and implementation strategy for the initiative. Success criteria included increased demand and enrollment in the course, formal adoption of the professional development course as an institutional requirement, expansion of student enrollments in online courses, and student retention rates. The case study describes the unique project management considerations, documentation, and planning required throughout the project.

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