As an instructional designer (ID), you have carefully designed and developed useful content, engaging learning activities, and challenging assessment items for a project. You feel good about what you have created, but ‘So What?’ The important question is, Does the instruction actually address the learning need? To answer this question, you should consider three important project evaluation practices. Formative project evaluations Summative project evaluations Reflection Formative Project Evaluations The first practice to consider is formative evaluation. It is a method for judging the worth of the instructional project while the content and activities are in development or in progress. This type of evaluation focuses on the process. Remember the goal is for learners to master new skills and knowledge. Thus a formative evaluation is a useful tool for instructional designers, teachers, and students to use during the design, development, and implementation of the project. Its main purpose is to monitor how well the content, learning activities, and assessment items align with the learning objectives. This will help you address any deficiencies immediately. Download the article: Launching [...]
Every successful content development project needs a great project manager (PM). Think of the PM as the glue that holds the entire project together. The project manager brings the team together and keeps the project moving forward. The project manager is involved in every aspect of the project, from kick-off to the final evaluation. The PM plans, troubleshoots, delegates, and communicates to meet deadlines and get the project completed. The Project Manager’s Role A PM wears many hats throughout the development process. With these hats come challenges and expectations. Set and adhere to deadlines Deadlines need to be established and met throughout each step of the project. The PM is responsible for establishing those deadlines, communicating them to all team members, and meeting those deadlines to ensure client satisfaction. Overcome challenges From a project’s inception to its completion, challenges will come. From under-qualified team members to changes in scope, the PM must be able to tackle each and every challenge in a timely, professional manner. Manage team performance Projects have many moving parts, and the project [...]
When challenges arise during a content development project, responsive managers respond quickly and efficiently to remove barriers to the project workflow.