ERIC Number: EJ913748
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
Instructional Design and Project Management: Complementary or Divergent?
van Rooij, Shahron Williams
Educational Technology Research and Development, v59 n1 p139-158 Feb 2011
This paper reports the results of a study to identify the extent to which organizations that develop educational/training products are committed to project management, as measured by their project management implementation maturity, as a methodology that is separate and distinct from the processes of instructional design. A Web survey was conducted among 103 public and private sector organizations worldwide that develop educational/training products. Results show no significant difference by project management maturity level in the roles of instructional designer and project manager, although there is some relationship between maturity level and how organizations perceive the skills/competencies of project managers versus those of instructional designers. Further, organizational decision-makers have very specific expectations about the formal education and training of educational/training product development project leaders. The findings should be of value to institutions of higher education in evaluating programs that prepare students for careers in instructional design.
Descriptors: Instructional Design, Private Sector, Organizations (Groups), Public Sector, Administrator Role, Education Work Relationship, Leaders, Educational Technology, Courseware, Program Administration, Material Development, Administrator Characteristics, Administrator Qualifications, Training
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