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Developing Instructional Technology Products Using Effective Project Management Practices


Journal of Computing in Higher Education Volume 19, Number 2, ISSN 1042-1726


Delivering a successful instructional technology (IT) product depends on more than just having an extremely creative instructional solution or following an instructional systems design (ISD) model. Proper planning, direction, and execution of the project are require, as well. We present a model of management that encompasses the ISD process. Five general phases of the project life cycle are presented and their relationship to the ISD process explained. We discuss how to effectively organize the work of instructional design projects in preparation for design, development, and deploying of the finished work. We also present a process for evaluating the risks or success factors of the project and how to manage changes throughout the project that may threaten the project's success. Additionally, this article examines how to manage the scope, schedule, costs, and human resources associated with instructional design projects. We explain and provide examples of communications plans, checklists, analysis matrices, and other practical tools that are of help to the designer/manager.


Allen, S. & Hardin, P.C. (2008). Developing Instructional Technology Products Using Effective Project Management Practices. Journal of Computing in Higher Education, 19(2), 72-97. Retrieved July 17, 2019 from .

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