Project Management Institute

The criticality of transferable skills development and virtual learning environments used in the teaching of project management

Studies have found the development of transferable skills and the provision of virtual learning environments (VLEs) to be crucial to students who are learning project management. Considering those factors, this article explores why project management students have emphasized the importance of these two critical learning and teaching parameters in their developmental needs. The study was conducted utilizing focus groups consisting of 88 students in a U.K. higher education institution. Overall, we found the existence of five critical and applied themes grouped against transferable skills and the provision of VLEs under which students' needs could be classified. The biggest challenge for the project management profession remains how VLEs can be exploited to ensure that the student experience provides a sense of reality.
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