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[Nexus Review] Monday.com: Collaborative Project Management Tool

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[Nexus Review] Monday.com: Collaborative Project Management Tool

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Time Management, Team Collaboration, Project Management


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In today’s dynamic educational environment, effective collaboration and time management are crucial for student success. As a student pursuing my Master's in Project Management at SPS, I encounter extensive coursework and collaborative projects. In one of my subjects, Applying principles of Project Management in IT, coordinating among group members and holding everyone accountable for their assigned tasks became challenging. Frustrated by these inefficiencies, we consulted NYU SPS Professor Paul Meadows, who recommended we try a collaborative project management tool, Monday.com. Once we started using Monday.com, things became streamlined. We could easily see all project details in one central location, communicate effectively, and hold each other accountable.


What is Monday.com

Monday.com is a versatile project management platform designed to streamline tasks and enhance productivity. It lets you collaborate with your peers, create boards for projects, add schedules, and make to-do lists. It's like having a superpowered sticky note that handles complex tasks, deadlines, and file attachments. 


Image: Monday. com Board View with tasks , assigned team members, and deadlines


For our group project, we began by creating boards for each project, breaking down tasks into manageable steps, and assigning responsibilities with clear deadlines.The platform's visual interface allowed us to track progress and maintain transparency across the team. Our projects became more organized, deadlines were easily met, and everyone felt more engaged. 


Key Features

A few of the functionalities that can help students enhance their academic experience are as follows:

  • Streamlined Collaboration: It provides students with a centralized platform to collaborate with classmates, share resources, and track progress in real-time. This promotes clear communication, increased ownership, and timely project completion.

  • User Friendly Interface:  Monday.com's drag-and-drop functionality facilitates the prioritization and organization of tasks within teams, fostering a focused collaborative environment. 

  • Time Management: Using customizable dashboards and timeline views, students can effortlessly plan and prioritize their tasks, assignments, and deadlines. It further enhances student productivity by sending reminders and syncing with other productivity tools such as Google Calendar and Microsoft Teams.

  • Organizing Personal Tasks: Monday.com's utility extends beyond the academic sphere. Students can leverage the platform's versatility to manage extracurricular activities, volunteer commitments, and personal projects. 


Using Monday.com in your class

Recommending Monday.com for coursework, will not only enhance students' project management skills but also provide them with a hands-on experience akin to real-world corporate settings. Both professors and students can monitor the project’s progress while maintaining transparency about each group member’s contributions. This level of transparency and accountability will enhance academic integrity while cultivating professionalism among the students. Below are how professors can integrate Monday.com into their coursework:

  • Project Boards: Students can create dedicated project boards for group projects. These boards can be easily shared, keeping you and your students on the same page. 

  • Task Assignment:  You can assign tasks to individual students or groups within a project, providing visibility into individual contributions.

  • Deadline Management: Set project milestones and deadlines, helping students stay on track and ensuring timely completion of tasks.

  • Feedback and Evaluation:  Enable students to review each other’s boards and promote feedback exchange between students, promoting constructive criticism.

You can learn more about it here.


As a graduate student juggling multiple responsibilities, Monday.com has become an invaluable tool for staying on top of my workload and achieving academic success. Its project management functionalities have revolutionized how I manage my extracurriculars, assignments, and collaborative projects. Monday.com is a powerful platform for students to take control of their academic and personal lives, collaborate effectively with peers, and stay on top of their deliverables.


Note: Monday.com is not licensed by NYU. Therefore, faculty members must adhere to guidelines provided by NYU Central regarding the utilization of third-party tools


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