Project Management for Project-Based Learning: A Case Study of Course Projects with Small Virtual Instructional Design Teams

Project Management for Project-Based Learning: A Case Study of Course Projects with Small Virtual Instructional Design Teams

Shahron Williams van Rooij (George Mason University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-965-1.ch414
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Abstract

This chapter reports the results of a case study in which the final project outcomes of small virtual instructional design teams using Project Management in an online graduate-level course are compared with teams using a less-structured approach. Based on the findings, the author offers the following recommendations for structuring project-based learning in small virtual teams: (a) assess through pre- or in-course questioning individual motivators of success and performance in virtual teams, (b) provide teams with templates with which to document roles, responsibilities, milestones and key deliverables, and (c) offer time and schedule management tips to reinforce/extend entry skills in team project management and participation. This case study can serve as a resource to eLearning practitioners seeking research-based best practices for both managing and participating in project teams that may have limited human and material resources and that may be distributed over a number of geographic locations and time zones.

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