Instructional Design and Project Management
As we continue our instructional design journey to include project management, I have been considering the characteristics of a good project manager as presented by Lockitt (2000) which include energy, ability, vision and motivation. These characteristics are also necessary in instructional designers.
Lockitt (2000) also states that “the purpose of project management is to foresee or predict as many of the dangers and problems as possible and to plan, organize and control activities so that the project is completed as successfully as possible in spite of all the difficulties and risks” (Lockitt, p. 14). There are certainly overlapping responsibilities in the roles of project managers, and instructional designers, as well as unique responsibilities to each.
I look forward to working with my current colleagues, and other professionals in related fields to further explore the role of project management in instructional design.
Lockitt, B. (2000). Practical project management for education and training. London: Further Education Development Agency.