Abstract: The value of experiential learning projects (which are usually major assessments in courses) in education has been touted since the early 1900s (Dewey, 1938). These projects have the potential to deepen students’ understanding of course topics by allowing them to put concepts into practice and watch the results develop. However, experiential learning projects require significant guidance, communication between students and faculty, and direction. Coupled with the communication intricacies of an online learning environment, experiential learning projects become a little more difficult to manage. In this article, the authors examine some of the best practices for teaching online courses as they relate to experiential learning projects, the value of experiential learning projects and then apply a project management approach to addressing the challenges of assigning experiential learning projects in online courses looking at two courses taught at the authors’ institution. The authors’ then describe some best practices that they have incorporated to better manage the application of experiential learning projects in their online classrooms.
Keywords: best practices, Experiential learning projects, IS Management course, online teaching , Project Management
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Recommended Citation: Schwieger, D., Surendran, K. (2015). A Project Management Approach to Applying Best Practices to Online CS/MIS Experiential Learning Projects. Information Systems Education Journal, 13(6) pp 35-42. http://isedj.org/2015-13/ ISSN: 1545-679X. (A preliminary version appears in The Proceedings of ISECON 2014)