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Management

I think the area of Management translates to consistency, structure, and accountability in Instructional Technology. Part of my undergraduate studies included a certificate class in Project Management. I feel this, along with my professional practice and experience with managing projects throughout the ITMA program, has allowed me to gain a great deal of confidence and expertise in the area of Project Management.

Management also involves resources - like people, time, and money - and how those resources are allocated to get things done. Instructional resources are also included in this area. With a complex project like the Virtual Store simulation that I created as my Applied ID project, I found it very helpful to manage my time resources by keeping a project log and to manage instructional resources in a spreadsheet. This helped to keep the development organized and it ensured all the objectives were covered and that all the instructional assets were used.

Other areas of management include systems used to deliver instruction and guidelines that govern their use, as well as management of information.

The AECT breaks down Management into the following sub-domains:

  • Project Management
  • Resource Management
  • Delivery System Management
  • Information Management

For complete details of the AECT standards, view the Initial and Advanced Standards.

The following content provides evidence of my competencies in each of these areas.

4.1 - Project Management

In this area, the instructional technologist plans, monitors, and controls instructional design and development projects. This includes negotiations, budgeting, evaluating progress, and assessing improvement.

Project Log (Project & Report course)
This log tracks the various tasks required to complete the Virtual Store program for my Applied ID Project. For each task, a description of the activity is provided, along with the date the task was completed and the time required to complete it. The log served not only as a record of the time put into the project, but it provided a checklist of tasks that needed to be completed along with their dependencies. This document also meets the Resource Management standard (4.2).

Outlook To-Do Bar (All ITMA courses)
Throughout the ITMA program, I have used the task list area of the To-Do bar in Microsoft Outlook 2007 to keep track of the various assignments and project due dates in each course. This has allowed me to receive reminders of approaching due dates and has served as a visual reference of the work remaining to be done each term. As a task is completed, I simply mark it complete in the To-Do bar to clear it from the list. I think task lists such as this are essential for successful project management.

Examples of Group Communications & Leadership (Introduction to Instructional Technology courses)
This document contains email communications demonstrating my participation in group activities. It also demonstrates my leadership and communication skills in working with a group, negotiating timelines and approaches, and managing expectations while working toward a common goal.

4.2 - Resource Management

In terms of resource management, the instructional technologist plans, monitors, and controls resources, including documenting return on investment, and justifying effectiveness and efficiency for learning. It also covers mangement of resources such as people, time, supplies, facilities, money, and instructional assets.

Learning Objects Mapping (Project & Report course)
This document served a number of purposes, including ensuring that every instructional objective was covered in the multimedia program, and ensuring that practice items were associated with the correct learning objectives. I include the document here because it also involved managing instructional resources in the form of individual Flash-based learning objects, which were standalone Flash movies that are loaded by the main instructional program based on the learner's actions. I used this document to manage these Flash-based instructional resources to ensure that they all were used and associated with the correct instructional objectives.

Portfolio Proposal (Portfolio Evaluation course)
In this document, I propose a portfolio program for use within the Learning and Organizational Development department within my current organization. The purpose of the portfolio is to complement and enhance the existing performance management process by providing authentic assessment and establishing context for the documented performance and development of each associate. I include the proposal here because it provides guidelines for the planned use of an electronic portfolio as a resource for documenting performance and growth over time.

4.3 - Delivery System Management

This area focuses on the method that will be used to deliver instruction to the learner, both in terms of the medium and how it will be used.

Online Learning (Instructional Media course)
In this document, I present a complete plan for delivering a lesson that incorporates the Internet. The lesson was developed using the ASSURE Model. The lesson is intended to be delivered via the Internet as a web-based seminar (aka "webinar").

Distance Learning (Instructional Media course)
In this lesson plan, based on the ASSURE Model, I present details for delivering a distance learning course involving two physical sites. The lesson is to be delivered using a teleconference bridge and conference phone suitable for large group discussions via phone.

4.4 - Information Management

In this area, the instructional technologist plans, monitors, and controls information storage, transfer, or processing to provide resources to facilitate learning. The instructional technologist must be able to use a variety of information sources both for professional benefit and for benefit of the learners.

File/Folder Hierarchy (Intro to Computers course)
In this file is a screenshot of the file folders in which I have all the information stored for all the ITMA courses.

Filebox (Intro to Computers course)
In this file is a screenshot of my VT Filebox. This not only demonstrates managing information efficienty, but using different methods, since the screenshot illustrates my Filebox is configured via Web Folders, streamlining the information management process.

Filebox & Local Computer in BitKinex
This is a screenshot of my VT Filebox and local machine in BitKinex, which is my preferred method of managing information on the Filebox server. This tool allows me to easily view and work with contents both on my PC and on the Filebox server. I can transfer multiple files quickly and easily.

Journal Guidelines (Education & the Web course)
This spreadsheet contains a collection of websites that relate to education and can be of value to other educators. The document is included here because it illustrates collecting and managing information to provide resources that facilitate learning.

References
Seels, B. B., & Richey, R. C. (1994). Instructional technology: The definition and domains of the field. Washington, DC: Association for Educational Communications and Technology.