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Project Manager : Project Manager Feb Mar 2013
22 Project Manager •COVER STORY required to present a project management plan to a panel made up of UTS academics and representatives from the client organisation. "It's very engaging and also beneficial for students who can say they worked on a real industry project," Algeo says. The Australian Institute of Project Management recently briefed students on a project to capture the history of the industry body in the lead-up to its anniversary in a for mat that could be shared with members. This experience dealing with real clients and applying project management theory to a real project not only enhances lear ning but also adds workplace experience to a student's resume, says Algeo. Gregory Harper, General Manager of Industry Solutions at Swinburne University of Technology, agrees that project- based learning and application in real work environments is fundamental to project management education. "Without application there is potentially no real lear ning," he says. "I believe ... universities can improve education by more tightly linking it with industry." Harper works with medium-to-large companies to develop the skills of their workforce. It's satisfying work, he says, with students regularly demonstrating that successful project management can have tangible business benefits. He recalls one project in particular that resulted in cost savings for the organisation that were equivalent to the total investment in training. "Industry-based learning programs ... are well received both by students and the employers," he says. Face-to-face feedback This 'work conte xt' is difficult to replicate online, according to Harper. He explains that educational institutions often don't communicate with workplaces in a meaningful way via digital channels. He adds, however, that while face-to-face lear ning may be more effective in this respect, it isn't necessarily the best option; it is just the most popular. "Many people like to lear n this way," he says. "[Face-to- face] works for them and we find it is also popular with employers who perceive it to be the most effective method." Online courses also can't imitate social interaction that comes with the 'on campus' experience, which Harper believes offers valuable peer feedback. "There are circumstances where group interaction can be very powerful, if not critical," he says, providing the examples of role-playing and public speaking exercises that form part of Swinburne's Executive 1922 The Primary Correspondence School in Brisbane is established, providing a more productive and efficient way of teaching children in remote areas. By 1933, correspondence lessons had replaced the last itinerant teacher who was transferred to a state school. 1911 The University of Queensland launches the first tertiary distance education scheme in Australia by offering extension courses. Similar distance learning initiatives appear in correspondence schools in NSW and Queensland in the early 1920s. 1935 Classroom lessons are broadcast by ABC radio to all of Australia's mainland states. 1960 The establishment of the School of the Air in Cloncurry, Queensland, enhances communication in Australia's distance education system, with lessons broadcast over radio from the building of the Royal Flying Doctor Ser vice. 1975 The arrival of the personal computer, specifically the Altair 8800, has implications in education by allowing users to create and use educational software in homes and schools rather than relying on university- or government-owned mainframe computers. THE EVOLUTION OF EDUCATION DELIVERY
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