I chose to learn some aspects of Project Management as my learning project this term. In my opinion, the topic was a bit dull and abstract, but I tried to take advantage of the time allocated for this project to learn something I wanted to learn for a long time, as I explained in detail in my first post. Also, I tried to learn different tools along the journey to show my learning progress, as follows:
- In the first week, I learned about Project Planning and project life cycle. I used Snagit and Canva to create flowchart and infographic
- How to identify the critical path and the process of scheduling a project. I created a video explaining the process and steps of how to draw project “network diagram” and find its critical path. I used my Ipad pro and Zoom to record the video
- I covered Project Communication Planning and learned (with the help of my 7th grader son) how to use Sketchpad. I created another video to explain communication technology and the output of the communication management planning process.
Despite the knowledge I gained leaning the topic, I feel I am more aware of the resources around me that I can use to learn anything I want.
- Blogging with my classmates and their recommendations and inspirations through breakout rooms or comments were a huge help. I think we form a very nice community. Twitter lists of previous students of the course are also an excellent resource to build a bigger community sharing the same interests.
- The massive amount of open resources on the internet; Journals, articles, books and videos
- Twitter was another great resource when I looked for #projectmanagement. I was able to identify a few of the “influencers” on the topic such as ProjectManger.com who has a list of videos on project management that are very helpful
- Youtube was my go-to resource when I am stuck with understanding a new concept or tool
- Different hashtags (such as #projectmanagement ) on different platforms (Twitter and Youtube) were an excellent resource for finding out links, videos, presentations and media that described the topic.
- The Career & Professional Development workshops at CCE were an eye-opening experience that I learned a lot from and enabled me to connect with many project managers and experts in Regina.
- Lynda.com and the Regina public library were my way to go if I wanted to dig deeper into a specific concept or borrowing books
The only thing I failed to do is getting responses to my request for a recommendation on Twitter, but I know this is due to the small number of followers I have and the fact of being an introvert who still panick every time I use social media.
I used Wakelet as per Dean’s recommendation. Take a look at my first Wakelet.
I feel it was a time very well spent in learning something I will continue to use in my professional and personal life. I plan to learn other aspects of Project Management to connect the dots in my head.