An essential component of every successful training program includes some form of Project Management. This course was designed to give a team of students "hands on" experience enhancing and developing Project Management skills wile utilizing the ADDIE method of Instructional Design. I was assigned to Team 3, a group of 5 members. We decided to call ourselves "West of Eastern" or "WoE" because all of us live West of the Eastern Time Zone. Our roles included, Project Manager - Mary DuQuaine, Project Coordinator - SS, Instructional Designer - AK, Business Analyst - AJ, and the Technical Writer - CD. Each of us contributed to the project in various ways every step of the way. We had the opportunity to try out a variety of the Project Management and Instructional Design roles over the 10 weeks of the course. We met as a team bi-weekly and utilized project management tools including BaseCamp, Zoom, Slack, Google Drive, and Dropbox.
Jane Mackenzie held the dual role as the Project Sponsor as well as our professor, she provided us with a case study. Our task was to develop training for A-Z Specialties, a holiday online catalog company. Together, our team, West of Eastern, developed all of the content provided in this section. It was a very positive experience of collaboration as we worked our way through the project.
UW Stout Educ 768
Professor Jane Mackenzie
Examination of the initiation, planning, and closure of projects and practical knowledge on managing project scope, work breakdown structure, schedules, and resources including budgeting. Analysis of project life cycle.
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
- Break down the project management process and relate it to the instructional development process.
- Demonstrate an understanding of and application of components of the initiation phase by producing deliverables for the phase.
- Assess the value of a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) and create a WBS.
- Develop detailed schedules for instructional development projects.
- Select and organize project management documents necessary for successful project completion.
- Know when, what, and how to communication project information.
- Create a Design Document for an instructor-led course.
- Write a Facilitator Guide for the course designed in the Design Document.
- Plan and apply the steps in project closure.
- Adapt project management and instructional design principles to scale single projects to multi-course production models.