Can I complete my CPO online?
The Institute of Project Management’s virtual CPO is a dynamic, real-time, digital learning environment for strictly capped cohorts of up to 25 candidates.
Covering 12 online sessions of two hours each, dedicated project teams progress through the key knowledge areas covered in OPEN. In doing so they complete a range of practical activities in the delivery of a fully simulated project.
Upon completion, each successful candidate is automatically admitted to the Institute as a Certified Project Officer (CPO). This also satisfies the knowledge prerequisite for admission to the Institute as a Certified Project Professional (CPP) or Master (CPM).
That’s just a webinar, isn’t it?
The virtual classroom is a genuine, peer-to-peer facilitated learning experience that goes beyond the traditional text-book, video or PowerPoint pedagogy.
Unlike most webinars today, classroom sessions are 100% live with no pre-recorded content.
You cannot just ‘press play’ and listen to a lecture – the level of interaction demanded through discussion, breakout participation and collaborative portfolio building means that your classmates are depending on you to stay actively engaged and contributing throughout.
For that reason, we do not record sessions for students to review or catch-up on later. If for any reason a class is missed, learners are expected to complete the equivalent unit in OPEN to get back on track.
What are the tech requirements?
Virtual classes can be accessed via desktop computer or any iOS / Android tablet or phone.
Participants can join via their web browser without the requirement to download any software; they can also use the GoToTraining app for higher quality streaming, including the option to share their webcam while they chat to create a panel-like feel.
To monitor attendee engagement, we use an attentiveness meter to see what percentage of the audience has the presentation in the foreground on their computer and whether any hands are raised. If our facilitators see attentiveness dropping, they act by stopping to ask a question, launch a poll or call out a few attentive attendees by name to see if they have any questions or points of discussion.
Our breakout feature also makes it easy for students to actively participate, work together and exchange ideas with their peers. Students can virtually raise their hands from within their breakout sessions to get the facilitators’ attention and ask questions, giving us valuable – and instant – feedback.
Students are also encouraged to co-locate in pairs or small groups where possible, sharing a webcam and computer.
We further monitor the participant’s view in real-time to ensure they are always seeing the correct screen content. If the view (as opposed to attentiveness) meter stops short of 100 percent, that’s a clue that some participants may have low internet bandwidth, which might keep them from loading the content quickly. Note that participants can also dial in by phone to save bandwidth for screen sharing.
Our Certified Project Trainers (CPTs) are:
- Proven industry experts with a minimum of 10 years’ practical experience in leading complex projects, programs and portfolios of work
- Inspiring communicators, and creative and critical thinkers
- Trained educators, facilitators and mentors
Importantly, they are not professional lecturers who have only learned project management from text-books and classrooms – they superimpose a wealth of project skill and experience from all stakeholder perspectives that brings project management to life for learners. In doing so, they look beyond the curriculum to add value to students and their employers.