One of the challenges in this space is the fact that many of the resources that I reference are part of PMI's access-required projectmanagement.com service. In this case, I can't avoid it. I'm intrigued by Mark Mullaley's late August article and presentation on project management education. If you're really interested in project management, I urge you to join PMI (if you're not a member already) so that you can access resources like Mark's presentation and article on critical needs in PM education.
What he asserts makes sense: The market leads Registered Education Providers (REPs) to support two primary needs: PM 101-style courses and certification preparation courses. Where is the advanced project management training, including the contextual application of project management best practices in an organization? They are not well supported today. That's the challenge that Mark Mullaley identifies. Based on my limited experience with REPs and project management resources (including participation in an advanced courses service for one year), I agree with his assessment.
But more than that, Mark's work is making me think about how I can lead project management instruction in my own organization. I took a lead role in organizing PM training at my previous employer and it was essentially focused on PM 101-level instruction. This is valuable, when you consider growth in the use of Agile approaches in higher education and the move away from command-and-control PM approaches. But still, where's the applied PM educational opportunities for practicing PMs?
I made a comment in the thread to Mark's article suggesting that PMI take the lead in improving educational technologies for applied project management learning - which is more conversation than one-way presentation (with follow-up quiz assessment). Also, PMs who work in higher education settings, particularly with distance learning technologies, could help take the lead here in communicating on effective distance learning technologies with the PM community. Granted, it's only one piece in improving advanced PM education, but employing better collaborative learning technologies is important. It's something I'm interested in doing, but it will take some time for me to become more engaged with distance learning technologies.
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