Managing projects for change: Contextualised project management

Tynan, Belinda and Adlington, Rachael and Stewart, Cherry and Vale, Deborah and Sims, Rod and Shanahan, Peter (2010) Managing projects for change: Contextualised project management. International Journal of E-Learning and Distance Education, 24 (1). pp. 187-206. ISSN 0830-0445

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This paper will detail three projects which focussed on enhancing online learning at a large Australian distance education University within a School of Business,School of Health and School of Education. Each project had special funding and took quite distinctive project management approaches, which reflect the desire to embed innovation and ownership at the instructor and student interface. By
responding to the stakeholder requirements these three projects provide insight into a) how integrated professional development serves to enable change in
practice; b) why leadership at both junior and senior levels of the organisation is an important driver to support instructor engagement for real change; c) what role
external private contractors can play; and, d) how instructors were integrated through the varied project management approaches. The integrating theme of the
paper is instructor engagement for real change. Each project will be detailed as mini-cases and key lessons drawn out that describe and explain the challenges,
opportunities and scope of varied project management approaches to suit the distinct four contexts. This paper builds on and brings together considerable investigation into how we can support and enhance dissemination of a variety of project-based models that respond to contextual needs and issues. The multiple school case study methodology serves to provide an approach that is both robust and cognisant of current trends in increased university investment through shortterm project funding. The final recommendations will highlight how different approaches to project management are both desirable and essential for successfully embedding change of instructor practices for enhancing student learning in distance education modes.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Distance and e-Learning Centre (1 Jan 2009 - )
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Distance and e-Learning Centre (1 Jan 2009 - )
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2012 04:40
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 01:09
Uncontrolled Keywords: change, project management, technology, online learning
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130203 Economics, Business and Management Curriculum and Pedagogy
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390499 Specialist studies in education not elsewhere classified
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390103 Economics, business and management curriculum and pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development

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