EDUC 768 Project Management for Instructional Development

Online Course 3 semester hours graduate credit
Prerequisite: EDUC 767
Instructors: Dr. Paul Coverstone or Jane MacKenzie-Smith
Tuition and Registration
March 2 - April 24, 2015
June 29 - August 21, 2015
October 19 - December 18, 2015

NOTE: This is the final required course in the sequence for individuals pursuing the Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design

EDUC 765 Trends and Issues in Instructional Design
EDUC 766 Instructional Strategies and Assessment Methods
EDUC 767 Designing Computer-Based Training (CBT)


Examination of the initiation, planning, and closure of instructional development projects and practical knowledge on managing project scope, work breakdown structure, schedules, and resources including budgeting. Analysis of instructional development project life cycle.

This course replicates projects in the "real world," and you will complete all work in teams. Your peers will depend on you for timely feedback as you interact via email and the discussion board during team and small work groups to complete assigned tasks. Therefore, students need to login and participate with their group several times each week.


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Breakdown the project management process and relate it to the instructional development process.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of and application of components of the initiation phase by producing deliverables for the phase.
  3. Assess the value of a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) and create a WBS.
  4. Develop detailed schedules for instructional development projects.
  5. Select and organize resources necessary for successful project completion.
  6. Plan and apply the steps in project closure.
  7. Adapt project management and instructional design principles to scale single projects to multi-course production models.

Course objectives are aligned with the following standards:

Wisconsin Standards for Teacher Development and Licensure (WI DPI): # 4
International Society for Technology in Education, National Educational Technology Standards (NETS-T) # 3a, 5b

Because this class is asynchronous and open to you 24/7, you may participate from your home or work computer during hours that are best for your work and family schedule.

The class is highly interactive with a significant discussion component. All projects/assignments will be submitted via the course dropbox and discussion board.


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Our Students Say. . .

"I am glad a course in project management was included in the ID certificate program. I never would have imagined it was THAT important! I learned so much in a field that I barely knew existed. And if I get this job I interviewed for today, it will be because of your course!"
~ Patricia David, Zephyrhills, Florida

"Yesterday was my first day in my new career as an Instructional Designer, and the first thing we did was review the four project charters for the projects I'd be working on or exposed to. You can't imagine how great it felt to look at four very complicated documents and understand them at the outset due to the training I received in the EDUC 768 Project Management course."
~ Erin Sumpter, Cypress, Texas

"The interview was tough (5 manager panel), but the ID certificate program had me fully prepared for any question they threw my way. When asked "Is there anything we didn't cover that you hoped to share about yourself?" I paused then said ‘Yes, I was hoping you would allow me to share my PM experiences with you.’ Then I proceeded to pull examples of the work created in this class. The range of documents created for the course gave me an extra advantage.”
~ Ray Meyer, Newport News, Virginia

"Our group used some wonderful collaboration tools allowing us to work on our projects simultaneously through Google docs and to see each other while we worked together via Google hangouts. We used Team Gantt which integrated with our project, and Google communities allowed us the ability to be able to share information privately among our closed group."
~Robin Kellogg, Lakeville, Minnesota

"The instructor provided excellent guidance, instruction and feedback and spelled everything out with instructions that were easy to follow. The live online class meetings were crucial and archived for students who were unable to attend online. The instructor challenged the class with discussion questions and provided timely and relevant feedback. "
~ Larry Murphy, Training Specialist, Virginia

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