KM Specialty Modules in University Programs


Here's a slightly different track than above statements about curriculum.
At the KM Institute, for our KM Certification Programs, we have defined numerous, separable strategic KM initiatives, including: "Rethink Learning", "Best Practices Management Process (BPMP)", "Lessons Learned Management Process (LLMP)", Communities of Practice (CoPs), and many others. See 'Specialties' on main page for complete listing as well as "Strategic Capabilities".


None of these topics are trivial; each is worthy of much study of existing case studies and keys to success, in order to be successful. However, here's the rub: In our experience, each strategic KM initiative is worthy, in terms of learning objectives and associated content, of an intensive two to four day workshop (say 13 - max 26 contact hours), but that falls far short of a traditional university semester course (36 - 42 contact hours, plus homework).
Also, such 'practical' courses need to be provided 'just-in-time'. If one masters a topic such as BPMP or LLMP, but doesn't begin almost immediate implementation, the studied and learned knowledge decays quickly. So, what if a university offered a smorgasbord of 'Modules' that could be combined to suit the student's actual KM implementation needs, at the time of need.


Hence, a course could be comprised of 2 - 3 such modules. Think traditional Chinese restaurant menu: one from column A, two from Column B :-)
In my humble opinion, that would be the most powerful possible approach to adult KM learning. Personally, in particular, I recall working in Ford Motor's Operations Research Dept (Finance Staff) and choosing my graduate university courses, in anticipation of, and to run concurrently with, my Ford research projects - scheduling, simulations, forecasting, etc. That's the ultimate of adult university education, because it combines the possibility of rich university content, the experience of practical application, and most importantly, the imperative of timely need. Submitted by Douglas Weidner.