"MANAGEMENT INVOLVES CONTROLLING INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY THROUGH PLANNING, ORGANIZING, COORDINATING, AND SUPERVISING" (SEELS & RICHEY, 1994, P. 49)
Management of instructional design projects is an important skillset that ID professionals must have in order to design in a timely, organized, and methodical manner. This task includes different management skills including planning, organization, coordination, and supervising of projects. The importance of this task comes to light when there are multiple moving parts when designing an instructional program.
Management Task Reflection
Prior to my time in this program the only management experience I have had was managing multiple student athletes return to play decisions. As I made my way through the program I did not realize how big of a role management played when designing instruction. It seems obvious now, but I did not realize that as the instructional designer you are likely the manager of the project as well. Project management was difficult for me because of my lack of experience and to be honest I felt overwhelmed when looking at the big picture of my final projects. This subtask has shown me that however large a project may be, if you manage it well and design each step correctly then the end product will be just as good. I still need more time and experience managing resources, but I understand the basics and what to look for when designing instruction. I learned that the delivery system is important as it impacts the learners heavily. As my time wraps up in the ITMA program I have learned that the instructional designer wears many hats, each of them are equally important so management techniques are just as important as selecting design theories, etc.
"Project management involves planning, monitoring, and controlling instructional design and development projects" (Seels & Richey, 1994, p. 50)
Project and Report Final Project *Incomplete*
This project encompasses all aspects of this subtask. I was the project manager for a program that I designed and developed. I controlled the design principles used, the development of the project, and monitored. I worked individually to decide what content to include and how to include it. While I continue to work on this project, I realize how much work goes into the entirety of instructional design.
"Resource management involves planning, monitoring, and controlling resource support systems and services" (Seels & Richey, 1994, p. 51)
In this assignment I managed the budget and cost for the evaluation as a part of the evaluation report. While this particular report had no expenses, I utilized the methods to determine if there would or would not be cost associated with the report. If i had to manage resources, this assignment would give me the tools necessary to do so which relates directly to this subtask.
delivery system management
"Delivery system management involves planning, monitoring and controlling 'the method by which distribution of instructional materials is organized' . . . [It is] a combination of medium and method of usage that is employed to present instructional information to a learner" (Seels & Richey, 1994, p. 51)
In this assignment I began to create my final project design for instruction on how to use electronic medical records. This assignment allowed me to chose the method of distrubution and gave me full autonomy of the material included. This project would eventually incorporate an online asychronous method of delivery that included text and visuals. By revising the method of delivery multiple times throughout this project I controlled the method of distribution of instructional materials which relates directly to this subtask.
"Information management involves planning, monitoring, and controlling the storage, transfer, or processing of information in order to provide resources for learning" (Seels & Richey, 1994, p. 51)
For this assignment I was tasked with discussing the selection of instructional design principles into my final project. For this task however I want to highlight assignment 9.3. This assignment contained all information for my final project including design theories, developmental ideas, content, assessment design, and evaluation. All of this information is critical to the development of instructional design and I managed it through this portion of my assignment.