- What makes an educational project successful?
- How do you transform complex ideas into a structured and successful plan?
- How do you motivate and manage teams to accomplish projects?
- Are there any tools or techniques which can simplify the process of managing an educational project?
This training examines the basics of management of various projects in some detail before concluding with best practices. You will learn and develop the essential skills for simple, collaborative project management, will evaluate project management tools, will get tips for handling project management failure and improving quality and will discover project portfolio tricks.
Task 1: Would you make a good project manager?
- Have you got what it takes to get to the top of the business world, or do your talents lie in being a team player? Take this QUIZ to find out.
- How did you score? Do you agree with the quiz results? Have you learned anything new about yourself while taking the quiz?
Task 2: Watch the video and answer the questions listed below:
a) What would you add the the "project management" definition presented at the beginning of the video?
b) Which of the 5 phases of project management life cycle do you believe is the most difficult one? Why?
c) How do you understand the statistics (1/4, 31%, 42%) mentioned in the video?
d) The video lists several reasons why projects might fail. Choose two reasons and explain them based on your own experience (think back to an example when you had to coordinate a small event, a school initiative, a team project, etc.).
e) Review the skills of the project manager listed in the video - What other skills would you add? Why?
Task 3: Explore the "15 Project Management Terms" info-graphic
Browse through the "15 Project Management Terms" info-graphic. Which 3 of the 15 terms are most important when planning and executing a project plan? Explain why.
Task 4: Linking theory to practice
Choose one of the case studies listed below and explain, step by step, how you would manage the project and make sure it runs smoothly (300-400 words). Answer the questions listed below:
Scenario 1: iEARN International Network
American Councils Moldova won a grant from Ministry of Education to involve 50 schools around the country in the International Education Network iEARN. By the end of the project, each school would have to register online, explore the resources offered by the network, learn the basics of online project based teaching and get engaged in at least one international project. You are the project coordinator in charge of implementing the project. Project resources:
Scenario 2: Adobe Youth Voices Festival
American Councils Moldova won a grant from Adobe Youth Voices to involve 100 students from various educational institutions around the country in a media youth festival. By the end of the project your team needs to organize a national event which will award most creative student media projects. You are the project coordinator in charge of implementing the project. Project resources: