Beverly Pasian has worked in the project management community as both a practitioner and researcher for almost 20 years in both the public and private sectors. Her work and research interests have always focused on the nexus between online learning and project management.
Early in her career, she decided the focus of her Internet development projects would be of an educational variety. This decision lead to obtaining a Masters degree in Open and Distance Education at the prestigious Open University of the United Kingdom where her research analyzed a pioneering online educational supplement that trained medical students in the procedures and practices of taking patient histories.
Beverly’s research career continued when she was accepted into the professional Doctorate at the University of Technology, Sydney (Australia). After having achieved distinction throughout her course work, she moved into her primary research where she looked at the maturity of project management capabilities responsible for online learning projects at universities.
The outputs of this work have appealed to both project management practitioners and researchers, with presentations occurring at events of the International Project Management Association, the British Educational Research Association and the International Society for Scholarship in Teaching and Learning.
Publishing and editing are ongoing and significant components of Beverly’s professional life and a natural extension of her research activities. She has co-edited (along with Dr. Gary Woodill) two books. Plan to learn (2006) is a widely known collection of case studies written by project teams from around the world where they detail their experiences managing e-Learning projects. A follow-up book—e-Learning Project Management: Canadian perspectives—also offered case studies from a Canadian framework. (A third book reflecting her doctoral findings—highlighting the unique attributes of e-Learning project management capabilities—is in development.)
To continue fostering the conversation about online learning and project management, Beverly is developing a new global initiative to focus on eLPM. Posting to this blog is a key step.