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Project Manager : Project Manager Feb Mar 2013
www.aipm.com.au Project Manager 23 1990s Major developments in learning tools see multimedia graphics and sound increasingly used in schools and tertiary institutions. CD-ROMs become the preferred method for content delivery, with several digital encyclopaedias released. Coach Certification Program delivered from its Flinders Street campus. Another more practical pitfall of online courses is that they can be expensive to r un when volumes are low. The development of high-quality learning resources and the purchase of potentially expensive technology, such as video equipment, plus the need for technical staff to design and deliver the content can result in a hefty price tag that may not be recouped in course fees, Harper points out. Blended learning Like Algeo, Harper believes blended lear ning is the way of the future. Swinburne University's Diploma of Project Management, for example, is delivered using a combination of face-to-face, online and work- or project- based assessment. Workplace projects have "a far more heightened capacity for professional development", Harper says, particularly in instances where the individual's manager is involved in and supportive of the project at hand. John Arthur, principal of project management consultancy The Arthur Group, also touts the benefits of employer participation, which is a key component of the three-day project development workshops he delivers. The course teaches executives how to develop their project management skills as well as their teaching skills so they can share their newfound knowledge with the rest of the organisation. "Our attitude is that if you can't teach it you can't do it," he says. Around 400 senior executives have moved through the program, which doesn't have an online component. Arthur, who admits to being an 'old schooler', argues that face-to -face learning remains the quickest way to impart knowledge to time-poor project managers. He adds that tr uly effective teaching relies on the give-and-take between teacher and student. Feedback can be as subtle as ( 1993 Open Universities Australia, owned by Monash University at the time, launches nation-wide and provides distance education using printed courseware and non- commercial television. 1999 The term 'e-learning' is coined. The expression refers to learning using the internet or other interactive or electronic media sources. 2008 The term massive open online course (MOOC) is used for the first time to describe an online course presented by a US university to 25 tuition-paying students and 2300 other students from the general public who took the online classes free of charge. TRULY EFFECTIVE TEACHING RELIES ON THE GIVE-AND- TAKE BETWEEN TEACHER AND STUDENT. FEEDBACK CAN BE AS SUBTLE AS A FACIAL EXPRESSION OR TONE OF VOICE
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