Project Leadership and Management

Topics: Leadership, Project management, Management Pages: 13 (4555 words) Published: August 24, 2013
U10a1 Project – Final Paper

Likwa Moyo

Capella University

TS5335 - Project Leadership and Management

Instructor: Dr. Miriam Masullo

Date: March 15, 2013

Abstract

Zambia, like many third world countries, is facing scarcity of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure and leadership in this technology. While advances in the ICT can support self-directed interactive learning, organizations that recognize the macro challenges of responding to the ever-changing demands of technology, are turning to leadership concepts that adapt to societies' socioeconomic demands. This project examines the application of leadership to the eLearning model within the education settings in a third world nation. eLearning (eL) is the use of ICT e.g. Internet, computer, tablets (iPads, etc.), mobile phone, Learning Management System (LMS), TV, radios and others to enhance teaching and learning activities.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Mo-Mart Digital Learning Project Plan

Section 1 – Project Selection
• 1.1 Project description
• 1.2 Background
• 1.3 Project team members, titles, & their roles
• 1.4The Stakeholders
• 1.5 SMART—Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time Oriented—project timeline • 1.6 Anticipated challenges

Section 2 – Organizational Leadership Assessment
• 2.1 Theory of Leadership vs Management I (Identify and compare the key characteristics and practices). • 2.2 Studies Directly Related to Leadership Aspects for Achieving Success for the Project (Analyze Leadership in an eLearning environment: Is investment in good leaders a cost-effective way to improve learning?). • 2.3 . The Leadership Assessment Instrument (Conduct and provide chosen metric to assess leadership potential of the project team members). • 2.4. Theory of Leadership vs Management II (Evaluate and compare the effectiveness of leadership and management practices. Analyze best practices in leadership effectiveness by selecting appropriate instruments. Use the selected instruments to assess the success of the practices.

Section 3 – Best Practices and Measuring Success
• 3.1 Determine Leadership best practices (Identify the types of "best practices" in leadership over time and how they apply to modern business today). 1. Reflection on project experiences related to the developmental stages of teams (Developing an innovation strategy and policy 2. Best practices in evaluating the success of your team in completing each stage (Encouraging initiative and a willingness to take responsibility) 3. The effects of role conflict and role ambiguity in each developmental stage (Applying best practices to develop high potential talent) 4. “Groupthink” and consensus building (Defining the elements of best practices and how they will address the challenges faced by the eLearning project) 5. Identifying which stage of team formation groupthink is most prevalent (How to use best practices within identified leadership potential)

Section 4 – References

Section 1 – Project Selection
1.1 Project description
In 2008 the Ministry of Education in Zambia was looking to create an education environment that better matched the developed nations’ use of multiple channels of communication to present information to children. Empirical evidence suggests that computer-oriented imagery can be effective in learning a wide range of topics such as mathematics, language skills, history, and sciences (Bean, 1990; Parker, Brownston & Ruiz, 1993; Svantesson, 1998; Macaulay, 2002). The Ministry of Education is aware of emerging technologies and their associated methodologies are impacting all stages of education and training at an exponential rate. The Mo-Mart Digital Learning project, an interactive-based learning initiative is offering the Ministry of Education new...

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