Stop sanitizing project management education: Embracing Desirable Difficulties to enhance practice-relevant online learning

van der Hoorn, Bronte and Killen, Catherine P. (2021) Stop sanitizing project management education: Embracing Desirable Difficulties to enhance practice-relevant online learning. Project Leadership and Society, 2:100027. pp. 1-9. ISSN 2666-7215

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Abstract

By resisting the temptation to 'sanitize' project management education, we show how embracing unpredictability and authenticity can enhance learning. In response to COVID-19 restrictions, we moved an interactive role-play online and explored the resultant learning through analysis of student performance and students’ individual reflections. Findings suggest that the online role-play boosted learning by exposing students to a challenging environment, which included tasks that stretched their capabilities and thus enhanced the level of 'Desirable Difficulties'. Drawing on the concepts of Desirable Difficulties and 'role-play-as-rehearsal', we discuss the benefits of formative 'testing' and propose a new concept: 'role-play-as-testing'. Additionally, benefits to learning were attributed to the online setting, which reflects the increasing virtualization of practice. We hope to inspire other educators to embrace Desirable Difficulties and resist the temptation to sanitize project management education to create opportunities for future project leaders to test their learning in authentic settings.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Business (18 Jan 2021 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Business (18 Jan 2021 -)
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2021 05:14
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2021 01:02
Uncontrolled Keywords: Project management education, Online, Desirable difficulties, Role-play
Fields of Research (2008): 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3507 Strategy, management and organisational behaviour > 350713 Project management
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280106 Expanding knowledge in commerce, management, tourism and services
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.plas.2021.100027
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/43738

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