LS1005 Wrangling Projects: Taking Charge with Planning and Transparency
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Friday, March 24
Management and Strategy
Status update. Touch base. Weekly meetings. Scope creep. Project plans. Tasks. Milestones. Deliverables. All these things can overwhelm you when managing projects—but they don’t have to! It turns out there are ways to juggle and advance your numerous projects while at the same time maintaining a semblance of serenity.
In this session, you’ll find out more about the project planning techniques and tools that can help you manage and streamline your course development and projects. You’ll examine how both planning and communication contribute to project management, how dashboards and timelines work to bring order to chaos, and what real examples of these plans look like in easy-to-learn software like Smartsheet and Google Docs. You’ll walk away with tools and approaches to streamline your project planning, preserve your sanity, and take charge of your projects.
In this session, you will learn:
- Strategies for planning and communication when working on collaborative content development projects
- How to create a project status dashboard to keep stakeholders up-to-date
- How to create a high-level project timeline for your SME partners so they stay on track without getting overwhelmed by details
- How to create a project plan with milestone deadlines and tasks that align with a course development process
Novice to intermediate designers, project managers, managers, and directors.
discussed in this session:
Smartsheet and Google Docs.
Naomi Pariseault is an instructional designer for the School of Professional Studies at Brown University. Naomi graduated from the University of Rhode Island with dual masters in English literature and library and information studies. It was during her internship at Brown University Libraries that Naomi fully realized her passion for instructional design and has been happily inspiring student learning since 2011. With a background in library and information science, Naomi brings expertise in library databases, textbooks, copyright, and organizing massive amounts of data. Naomi loves to experiment with new technology as well as create inspirational learning experiences for students in both course design and teaching.
Assistant Director of Online Learning and Innovation
Julia Lazarus is an assistant director of online learning and innovation at Brown University, where she has been instrumental with collaborative strategic planning efforts within the School of Professional Studies and elsewhere. Her strengths include moving new concepts from the idea stage to reality and ensuring that all the essential policy and procedure work is effectively developed and executed.