NCCER Project Management Training Video Wins Coveted Gold Aurora Award

MetaMedia Training International, Inc. has won a coveted 2009 Gold Aurora Award for a DVD-based project management training video produced for The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). The winning entry’s competition category was “Leadership Management Training.” The program Minor Decisions: Major Impact—How to Deal with Real Issues in Project Management provides learners with scenario-based training that creates discussion about the roles and actions of a construction project manager, while also bringing real-world project management issues to life in the classroom. Central topics covered in six video segments include how to manage best under pressure, resolving team conflicts, using best practices, and mitigating negative impacts on schedules and costs.

“In this realistic scenario, the project manager is forced to jump back and forth resolving disputes among foremen, scheduling and budget problems, safety concerns, and general housekeeping matters,” said MetaMedia producer and scriptwriter Dave Ogden. “Her solutions to these stumbling blocks are presented by the end of the story, although learners are encouraged to provide alternative answers through the classroom discussion with the instructor.”

Other general themes and issues explored by Minor Decisions: Major Impact include management and leadership styles, teamwork and attitudes, disciplinary action, problem identification, fact finding, root cause analysis, resource control, and proper housekeeping procedures. The award-winning program comes with an instructor’s guide featuring lesson plan suggestions and tips for guiding use of the video, as well as discussion questions and class exercises.

“Minor Decisions: Major Impact is a timely and critical training resource,” said Ogden. “It takes real-life situations that today’s project manager faces on a daily basis, and seamlessly brings them into a classroom environment. And the quality of the final product was strikingly high, as evidenced by the Aurora award.”

“An Aurora statue is incredibly hard to come by,” said Ogden. “So the prestige you get from winning one of these awards brings great pride to our company.”

The Aurora Awards are an independent film and video competition for commercials; cable programming; documentaries; and industrial, instructional, and corporate videos. Judging is provided by panels of film and video professionals from across the country, most of whom are writers, producers, or directors who are previous award winners. Programs are judged on a fixed scale in areas of creativity, message effectiveness, and technical excellence.

For 25 years, MetaMedia Training International has designed, developed, and delivered performance-based training and communications programs for government agencies, global corporations, and nonprofit organizations. MetaMedia provides state-of-the-art instruction in formats that include eLearning, mLearning, DVD, CD-ROM, and print media.

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