The number of project management courses in institutions of higher education is increasing to meet the high demand of effective project managers in organizations. Some institutions are offering a graduate degree and certificates in project management and therefore more online courses in project management are being offered in addition to the traditional mode of classroom setting. The objective of this research is to present the challenges associated with teaching an online project management course and to identify the components of a methodology for designing and delivering an effective online project management course. The suggested components of the methodology are based on the literature, best practices and the experience of the authors. Two important propositions in the paper are: 1) a different approach is necessary when teaching an online project management course and 2) teaching effective teamwork, which is a main component of a project management course, is a significant challenge in an online environment. A survey of graduate students supported these two propositions. Student assessment and successful completion of team-based projects, using virtual teams, were both perceived to be more difficult in an online course. In addition, the assessment of student work and student opinions indicate a small difference in educational outcomes and overall graduate students seem to have a positive experience with online project management courses.
Keywords: Project Management, Online Course Design and Delivery, Teamwork, Virtual Team, Collaborative Learning Online