Final OTA: Project Management for a Cornwall Regional University Learning Management System
OTA: Project Management for a Cornwall Regional University Learning Management System In Partial Fulfillment of EDID6510 – Learning and Knowledge Management Systems
by Jabel Erica O. Bercasio
MsC-Instructional Design and Technology University of the West Indies, Open Campus
Due Date: July 7th 2018 Instructor: Dr. Laura Gray
Top Ten Resources in LMS Project Management Cornwall Regional University has been granted a 2 million US dollar budget for the development of online programmes. This can be used to develop an appropriate Learning Management System (LMS) for the institution, which will cater to about 15,000 students. Before this can be performed, however, the following resources should be considered in the initiation and planning, which are the first two stages of project development:
Goal –The LMS must initially be a supplementary learning medium to support the face to face instruction. While there may be enough money for development, the effects of a new means of instruction should first be tested. The first two parts of the development, initiation and planning, should first focus on this. In a business standpoint, the goal should make sense.
Target Audience – With the budget provided, all students should have access. However, purely online courses may be provided for those who are interested in pursuing their studies at the university but cannot commit full time or live too far away.
Control - The system should be managed by a team that is also developing it. The instructors, students and visitors should have varying levels of control, to ensure fairness of delivery but with just enough flexibility in pacing.
Features – The needs of the students should be considered. User-friendliness should be applied to the system, no matter what. The goals set in #1 should be met.
Quality – A 2 million dollar project for a university should never be developed with mediocrity. The team should be made up of enough skilled people that can develop and revise the system in the given time.
Building Learning Objects within the System – The system should allow the building of learning objects. This way, there is no need to appropriate third party objects, or at least to keep this usage at the minimal. This will encourage the instructors to create original content.
Budget/Cost – The project has a budget of 2 million US dollars. Employees will be paid based on their skills and the hours that they put into their work. There should be teams assigned to the programming, the UX design and the written content. There should be thought put into the ROI, as well, not just the money going in.
Time – Not only should there be an approximate range of time in which the project will be developed, but there should also be a “development of detailed schedule” (Amado, et al., 2011). The details will make it easier to identify any
Editing Flexibility - The system should be able to allow fast and easy edits that will update the content for succeeding years of implementation.
Risk Management – No matter how well-planned, the implementation may still be met with problems. This is why the budget cannot be spent at the first go, even if the team feels the amount to be substantial.
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