For more than a decade, I managed teams of contractors as they worked side-by-side with new product developers to create training and performance improvement systems for major corporations such as Xerox, Epson America, and Apple Computer. The instructional design (ID) projects I planned and coordinated were as simple as a single resource working for three weeks and as complicated as 60 people working for more than a year and a half. Deliverables ranged from straightforward documentation to transcontinental satellite broadcasts incorporating pre-produced video sequences, live executive speakers, and real-time competition among problem-solving teams located all over North America.
In fact, the first PM training session I created was a custom-designed, hands-on, five-day workshop for Xerox Corp. which (I’m proud to say) won several awards! The articles below share what I learned as an in-the-trenches, working ID project manager. I hope you find them valuable!
(Are you new to Instructional Design? Scroll down to find links to some brief video overviews of what it’s all about!)
- Greer’s ID Project Management Model
- Critical Attributes of ID Project Success
- Training Cost Benefit Analysis: An Admittedly Superficial Overview
- Estimating Instructional Development Time
- How to Determine Project Scope — (This is Chapter 2 from Greer’s classic book, ID Project Management, © copyright 1992, Michael Greer & Educational Technology Publications)
- How to Gather Information — (This award-winning article is available as Chapter 4 in Greer’s classic book, ID Project Management, © copyright 1992, Michael Greer & Educational Technology Publications)
- How to Develop the Blueprint — (This is Chapter 5 from Greer’s classic book, ID Project Management, © copyright 1992, Michael Greer & Educational Technology Publications)
- How to Manage Follow-Up Evaluation — (This is Chapter 10 from Greer’s classic book, ID Project Management, © copyright 1992, Michael Greer & Educational Technology Publications)
- PM Minimalist Selected by Laureate Education for use in Walden University’s Masters in Instructional Design and Technology.
- My Teaching Assignment: Franklin University’s “IDPT 715: Managing Learning Projects & Relationships”
- Overview of Greer’s 1992 book ID Project Management: Tools & Techniques for Instructional Designers & Developers
- Instructional Design Versus Message Design (PDF of key slides from the video above)
- Typical HPT [Human Performance Technology] Project Life Cycles
- “Beyond Sales Training: Designing a Learning Organization” – from In Action: Designing Training Programs, American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), 1996 – describes exactly how we planned and managed a comprehensive performance analysis to create job models, career paths, curriculum architecture, and corresponding training priorities.
- Looking for succinct, authoritative introductions to ID (Instructional Design) and HPT (Human Performance Technology)? Check out Joel Gardner’s YouTube videos:
- What is Instructional Design?
- What does an Instructional Designer Do?
- What is Human Performance Technology?
- About Joel Gardner:
- Joel Gardner is an instructional Design Faculty member at Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio. He has been teaching, training and designing instruction for over a decade. Joel specializes in instructional design effectiveness and has published a number of peer-reviewed articles on Merrill’s First Principles of Instruction.
- “I worked with Joel to design and teach Franklin University’s ‘IDPT 715: Managing Learning Projects & Relationships'” — For more information, go to: My Teaching Assignment: Franklin University’s ‘IDPT 715: Managing Learning Projects & Relationships’” – Mike G.