I have been teaching MSIS 4033 Project Management to upper level students since the fall of 2014, and while the material is somewhat traditional I have used a fairly innovative method called the Flipped Classroom for teaching the class. Instead of a traditional lecture, students watch lecture videos prior to coming to our in-class session. Because students have already spent time learning the material, we use class time instead to explore the material through case studies, group work, and hands-on exercises. This approach has led to increased engagement, more productive in-class groups, and very high student satisfaction with the course overall.
Project Quality Management Presentation (PDF) This is the document I use in class as we explore the concept of managing quality throughout a project.
Project Time Management Exercise (PDF) When we cover the concept of time management in class, students answer these open-ended critical thinking questions much in the way they might do on their own as homework. Due to the flipped nature of class, students are able to collaborate with each other and get help from the instructor in a way that is not possible using a more traditional style of instruction.
This video illustrates how I present information in this class via a series of short lectures accompanying each chapter, which students are to watch before coming to class.
During the Fall 2020 semester I had to adapt my normal teaching due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which meant changing the nature of my in-person lectures in order to accommodate students who did not feel comfortable coming to campus. In order to give remote students the same quality of education as in-person students I recorded my teaching with my iPhone using my AirPods as the microphone, which meant that my voice was crystal-clear and easy for students to understand while watching at home. I also made my PowerPoints available to students on our Canvas LMS platform so they could follow along even if there was glare on the screen.