Project Management

Flipped Classrooms for Faster Credentials

Mike Griffiths is an experienced project manager, author and consultant who works for PMI as a subject matter expert. Before joining PMI, Mike consulted and managed innovation and technology projects throughout Europe, North and South America for 30+ years. He was co-lead for the PMBOK Guide—Seventh Edition, lead for the Agile Practice Guide, and contributor to the PMI-ACP and PMP exam content outlines. Outside of PMI, Mike maintains the websites www.LeadingAnswers.com about leading teams and www.PMillustrated.com, which teaches project management for visual learners.

My last article on why We Should All be Learners explained how today’s knowledge worker projects are all about learning effectively. This article explains how new technology can deliver a more effective and enjoyable learning experience. So, whether you are studying for your PMP® credential, cramming on blockchain technology or learning conversational Spanish, blended learning is something you should be aware of.

Blended learning combines online resources with in-person instruction. Both approaches have been available for many years, but their combination has recently given rise to what’s called the “flipped classroom” model that is both new and very effective. If you have ever experienced painfully slow or incomprehensibly fast lectures, or the problems of trying to coordinate group activities outside of class, then blended learning with a flipped classroom model might be just the ticket.

It works like this: Lecture materials are made available online outside of class time and people consume them at their own pace, whenever they like. If you already know something, just skip it; if it’s difficult or mind-boggling, pause it, repeat it or access additional resources. You control the delivery speed of lessons, how much time you dedicate to it and when you consume it. So, if you are an early bird, use the mornings; a night owl, then use the …


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