Community-based projects often bring together diverse stakeholders and partners with a variety of needs and contributions. Whether your project team consists of members of your organization, community partners, or volunteers, working collaboratively has both advantages and challenges. Effectively managing projects includes demonstrating both strong organizational and interpersonal skills that create results. How can you drive effectiveness and efficiency within these diverse groups? How can you best manage the strengths of your team to reach its goals? How can you help prepare a team for the developmental stages they will encounter while working together? This course uses participatory learning to introduce key components of project management, explore how individual strengths impact group performance, and offer a new lens to approaching your current projects. This course welcomes both veteran project staff who are looking to innovate the way they do things and professionals who are newer to collaborative processes.
This faculty-led course includes self-paced online assignments, the use of peer discussion forums and live web conferencing. The course is presented in four weekly lessons. Participants should expect to spend approximately four hours per week on course related reading and assignments.