This online tutorial from the Nonprofit Risk Management Center is designed to help organizations develop, implement, and test a workable business continuity plan to prevent the interruption of mission-critical services, including a major business interruption event. It consists of 8 modules,homework assignments, and quizzes.
Type of Material:
Homework, in class presentation
Identify Major Learning Goals:
To provide information, document, templates, and assignments to assist in the development of a business continuity plan.
Target Student Population:
College Undergraduate, Graduate, Professional
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Introduction to Business Class
This online tutorial provides a clear, concise, and complete demonstration of business continuity planning. The tutorial is divided into 8 modules that cover the following topics:
Launch a BCP Project
Review Mission and Business Functions
Conduct a Business Impact Analysis
Develop Needed Policies, Procedures, and Protocols
Create a Written BCP
Test and Maintain the BCP
Inspire a Continuity Culture.
The tutorial is flexible in use and includes an adequate amount of material that summarizes concepts well. The author provides emergency management educators, students, and professionals with a succinct method for reviewing the complex process of business continuity planning. Each of of the 8 modules includes objectives, content, assignments, and a 5 question true/false quiz. Links to relevant sample business continuity planning documents and template are as part of the homework materials.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Each module within the overall tutorial has its own learning objectives identified, introduces and reinforces concepts progressively by building on prior concepts, and demonstrates relationships between concepts.
The end of module assignments allow professionals to apply learning to practice within their organizations.
The sample documents and forms included are valuable resources.
Finally, this tutorial is efficient in that users have the potential to learn how to develop and implement a business continuity plan in a short time.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
This professionally designed tutorial is easy to use, has clear instructions, and is very visually appealing in terms of layout and design. The content and materials provided should prove to be very valuable for professional users.
The tutorial lacks the elements of engagement and interactivity. Users merely read content. The end of module quizzes also lack interactivity. One merely reads five true/false questions and clicks to the next screen to read the answers.
In a classroom environment, instructors would need to develop a dummy company in order for many of the assignments to be meaningful.
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