Category Archives: Project Basics

Preparing a Persuasive Business Cases for Major Online Learning Investments

  A business case serves as a prospectus for proposed investment in a costly eLearning courseware project or in technology for learning. A business case provides a structured framework for investigating and reporting the costs and returns of these projects. … Continue reading

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Quality: It’s a Judgment Call

by Saul Carliner and Lola Fredrickson Imagine this. You run an information development agency and have been working for five years to land a particular account. The director of information systems at that company finally invites you to bid on … Continue reading

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Project Management 5. Identify the Project Team and Members’ Responsibilities

As the last part of planning the project, you need to identify all of the people who will be assigned to working on it. In some instances, the people have already been assisting with the project in the design phase, … Continue reading

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Project Management Overview

In the fields of educational technology and technical communication, project management refers to efforts to plan the design and development of instructional programs and communication products, or plan for the purchase, customization, and implementation of new hardware and software that … Continue reading

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Project Management 1. Establish a Project Charter

A project charter is “the signed document that formally defines and authorizes a project” (Taylor, 2008).  It provides an initial overview of the purpose and scope of the project and some of its requirements, and provides a basis for more … Continue reading

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Project Management 2. Identify Assumptions Underlying the Project

The budget, schedule, and skills needed to make a project succeed are based on assumptions about the project. So, before you make a commitment to complete a product within a certain schedule and budget with the skills of a particular … Continue reading

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Project Management 3c. Establishing Intermediate Deadlines

The calculation you just made indicated the total time needed to develop the course or communication product. This time includes not only the time needed for drafting the course or communication product, but also for distributing review drafts and receiving review comments, … Continue reading

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Project Management 3b. Estimating the Total Time Needed to Complete the Project

In this task, you determine the total number of work days needed for the project. A work day is not the same as a regular day. Although a week contains 7 days, it only contains 5 work days. You can … Continue reading

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Project Management 3a. Estimating the Size of the Project

The Report of the Needs Assessment (for instructional design projects) or Information Plan (for technical communication projects) developed earlier should be complete enough that you can accurately estimate, within 20 percent, the total size of the information product. To get … Continue reading

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Project Management 3. Establish the Proposed Schedule

Setting the proposed schedule involves these steps: a. Estimating the size of the project b. Estimating the total length (in number of work days) needed to complete the project c. Establishing intermediate deadlines Continue with the next post, Project Management … Continue reading

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