This week I have been able to use some ideas (as a benchmark) from Metro Tech High School in Phoenix which I first visited back in the 199os. Their excellent PBL templates can see seen at http://www.phoenixunion.org/Page/9207
Recently I have been helping to produce a new project design template for a college. There is a very good publicly-available template at http://ilc21.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/MindQDesign_2012.pdf as a starting point if you need one
It’s been nearly 4 years since this blog was contacted about how to build and ensure ‘trust’ within a project team. In addition to the article I recommended back in 2010 (at http://ecaminc.com/index.php/blog/59-generalblog/188-2010-03-08 ) there is a nice list of 40 good practices for managers at http://edge.papercutpm.com/40-ways-to-build-trust/ that can also be used in training sessions. I have some more detailed material available for my clients.
This week I have been writing some new material on stakeholders management. To quote from material at Oxford Brookes University:
The very detailed and helpful Oxford Brookes material is available at https://www.brookes.ac.uk/services/hr/project/pm_at_brookes/stakeholder/index.html
I am currently working for a college on updating their contract form for student projects. You are most welcome of course to consult me about helping you but there is an excellent template from the University of Arizona publicly available at http://math.arizona.edu/~kerimar/Team%20Contract.doc
The main purposes of a contract is to accelerate a team’s development, to increase individual accountability for team tasks, and to reduce the possibility for team conflict. In my experience they are well worth any effort involved.
There are a lot of good project collaboration apps out there. I have to use whichever my client wishes to use and I’m currently using Trello, Weave (from Intuit) and the Tappsana verson of Asana (to allow us to work offline). All are impressive
I’ve just been told I had 3584 viewings of my Slideshare presentations during 2013. These presentations date from 2009 – 2011 when I was producing a lot of draft ideas on project management for the communities of practice that followed my JISC projects. The presentations can be seen at http://www.slideshare.net/paulmayes/presentations
I’ve been road-testing various apps that can help staff and students with project based learning. There is an interesting review of new apps at http://www.edudemic.com/web-tools-project-based-learning/
I have been enjoying the debate on the introduction of project-based learning in a Wyoming school district. The principles and features of their Pathways to 2025 programme are relevant to all levels of education. More details at http://m.trib.com/news/local/education/article_6460ccd2-d56f-5ef4-ab1d-8acd14f86cd0.html?mobile_touch=true
For the last couple of weeks my efforts have mostly been with my other work area of learning & teaching / competency-based education (CBE). However, over the festive period I have a nice large piece of project management work coming up that draws on CBE principles too.
I will be producing a structure for ‘badging’ student sklls and achievements in a course with a lot of project maangement in it. If you are new to the powerful tool of badging to motivate students, the introductory article at https://help.blackboard.com/en-us/Learn/9.1_SP_12_and_SP_13/Instructor/060_Course_Tools/Achievements/030_Best_Practice_Put_a_Badge_on_It is a great place to start.