Coming up with a learning project idea was a bit of a challenge for me. I want to learn many things, and I always don’t have enough time to start. I started by thinking of applying Marie Kondo‘s method to declutter my house. It would be a good idea to commit to such a thing, especially that I have been thinking about it a lot lately. However, I kept thinking about other projects such as learning how to type faster, scrapbooking, develop a mobile app and many other things that I wish to learn.
I ended up choosing to learn Project Management. It was one of the top things I would like to learn since the beginning, but I thought it might need more time. Also, I wasn’t sure if I will be able to show my progress in such a project. There is no before and after kind of things to show.
I am specifically interested in learning project management (PM) as it is one of the top required skills for Instructional Designers to have. According to Bill Brandon’s article, “One of the big challenges in e-Learning management is bridging the gap between instructional design and project management.” PM will help me identify requirements and establish clear and achievable objectives for a project as well as initiate, plan, execute, evaluate project progress. I would like to learn more about the fundamental tools and skills required for effective project management. Also, I would like to be able to apply a structured process for planning projects as well as tools for carrying out project work effectively.
I don’t think I will have any problems finding online resources on PM. I already saw many videos and books explaining and teaching PM. Besides, Lynda has many courses that cover the topic, and we have free access to it through the Regina Public Library (Amazing, eh!).
I think the difficulty will come from finding resources that tie and connect the worlds of Instructional Design & Project Management. It would be great to find such resources tailored specifically for instructional designers. I will start with Twitter to connect with people from the Instructional Design field and develop my personal learning network. Do you know of any open educational resources that tie both field together?
Furthermore, the Center for Continuing Education at the University of Regina is offering a project management certificate for those who are planning to get their PMP designation. I am planning to take a couple of courses from this certificate to give myself a good jumpstart.
I am looking forward to starting my learning journey! I know that the scope of my project will change over the coming weeks as I dig deep and learn more about this topic.