Service learning and integrated, collaborative project management

This article describes the development of an undergraduate course on project management that incorporates experiential learning and service learning as the primary course learning methodology to instill in students the Project Management Institute's nine Knowledge Areas. The discussed instructional method is a dynamic and participative pedagogy. The project management course content is traditionally structured around system needs and analysis identification, functional requirements analysis, project timelines, network analysis, and project progress metrics. The course design has two goals: (1) learning project management, and (2) establishing and authentic organizational environment for the application of project management. The learning environment is a classroom as organization (CaO), which incorporates student collaboration. Introduction of service-learning projects and experiential learning pedagogies provides a pragmatic approach for applying project management concepts.
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