Project charter example at a college

October 25th, 2014 by paul mayes

Last week I was asked about how a college can develop a new project charter approach for ‘academic’ uses. I was pleased to see that an excellent example of a project charter template (being used for a project to establish learning communities)  is still available at https://www.zanestate.edu/files/ie/CurrentILCProjectCharter.pdf

Group project software

October 16th, 2014 by paul mayes

Many of the small colleges I work with do not use  full VLE support for student group projects. Often I am asked for advice on this and Google Drive apps are one way of supporting students. There is a good publicly accessible article on this at http://www.edudemic.com/5-ways-use-integrated-google-drive-apps-group-projects/

This is my 350th post since starting the blog in 2009    :-)

Learning objects

October 8th, 2014 by paul mayes

After 5 years and 349 posts for this blog I am now making a serious effort to put the best practice publicly-available material I have found into a learning object repository. I am especially looking forward to the Canvas Commons webinar on 22nd October as part of the process. More details at https://events-na3.adobeconnect.com/content/connect/c1/1002564123/en/events/event/shared/default_template/event_landing.html?sco-id=1433470579&_charset_=utf-8

MOOCs

September 24th, 2014 by paul mayes

I’ve recently had a couple of queries about MOOCs for project management and I realised it’s nearly a year since I last blogged about them.  It is commonly said that the MOOC hype is now past but there are still useful free courses available. They are listed at http://www.mooc-list.com/tags/project-management

Times supplement

September 14th, 2014 by paul mayes

Even while I was on holiday I was brought back into contact with project management through a “Times” Raconteur supplement on September 11th. Some interesting overviews and your stakeholders may have looked at it

Project based learning

September 4th, 2014 by paul mayes

I have kept in touch with University of Kentucky material for staff since visiting there and I recently was able to help a client by showing them the U Kentucky staff toolkit apge on project based learning. Very useful to any organisation and viewable at http://ukfacultytoolkit.wordpress.com/high-impact/capstone/

Yet another template site

August 30th, 2014 by paul mayes

Once again this week I have received a number of recommendations for institutional web sites with good material. An especially good one is that of Loyola University Chicago at http://www.luc.edu/pmo/documentation_pmt.shtml

Slideshow on grant project proposals

August 24th, 2014 by paul mayes

This week I was able to use Robert Porter’s very interesting and amusing slideshow on writing successful grant proposals (while avoiding common proposal pitfalls). I first visited Virginia Tech in 2009 and have kept in touch with their Research Division material since. The slideshow can be seen at http://courses.cs.vt.edu/cs5014/F02/GrantWriting.ppt

Closure

August 16th, 2014 by paul mayes

In this last week I had an inteesting exchange of emails about the closure phase of a project. I was able to recommend two additional public sources in addition to ones I have peviously blogged about. The new sources (both from universities) are at http://www.utas.edu.au/__data/assets/word_doc/0019/440272/Project-Closure-and-Post-Implementation-Report-and-Guide.docx  and http://tech.sfsu.edu/sites/sites7.sfsu.edu.it/files/SFSU%2520Project%2520Close%2520Checklist%2520Template%2520v0.3.pdf

Project management policy

August 10th, 2014 by paul mayes

My thanks go to a former colleague who send me a link to a simple but very effective “Project management policy” from the Australian Catholic University. It would be a good starting point for any institution thinking about writing a policy. It can be downloaded in Word at http://www.acu.edu.au/policy/governance/project_management_policy