Project Management for Instructional Development

Learn to effectively manage instructional design projects.
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Our EDUC 768 Project Management for Instructional Design course includes how to:

  1. Break down the project management process and relate it to the instructional development process.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of and application of components of the initiation phase by producing deliverables for the phase.
  3. Assess the value of a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) and create a WBS.
  4. Develop detailed schedules for instructional development projects.
  5. Select and organize the resources necessary for successful project completion.
  6. Plan and apply the steps in project closure.
  7. Adapt project management and instructional design principles to scale single projects to multi-course production models.

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There is no registration fee to reserve a class.

The project management processes, practices, artifacts, inputs, and outputs are fully transferable to any field or discipline project.

This course replicates projects in the "real world," and you will complete all course assignments as a team member.  Your team will select an online collaboration tool such as Microsoft® Office 365® Teams, Zoom, or another means to set up conference calls. Your team's artifacts will be included in your final instructional design e-portfolio.

You will be required to participate in “live” real-time with your team at least once per week. 

Online Course
Three semester hours of graduate credit
Instructors: Dr. Maryruth Hicks

Fall: October 21 - December 13, 2024
Tuition: $476 per semester hour graduate credit ($1,428 for a three-credit course)
Fall Tuition Due: TBA

If you need a copy of the syllabus for your employer to approve enrollment in the class, email: Online Professional Development.

Prerequisite -  Completion of three courses:

EDUC 765 Trends and Issues in Instructional Design
EDUC 766 Instructional Strategies and Assessment Methods
EDUC 767 Designing Computer-Based Training (CBT)

NOTE: This is the final required course in the Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design.

This course is an approved elective in the Master of Science in Education online degree program.

Course Description

Examination of the initiation, planning, and closure of instructional development projects and practical knowledge on managing project scope, work breakdown structure, schedules, and resources including budgeting. Analysis of the instructional development project life cycle.

  • This course replicates projects in the "real world," and you will complete all work in teams.
  • Your team will depend on you for timely feedback as you interact via email, a weekly "live" team meeting, and the discussion board to complete group tasks.
  • Therefore, students need to login and participate with their group several times each week.
How do I Register?

If you need a copy of the syllabus for your employer to approve enrollment in the class, email: Online Professional Development.

When is the registration deadline?

Reserve your spot now. This program is very popular, and courses fill well before the start date. This course is offered three times each year (spring, summer, and fall).


An e-textbook is included as part of your course tuition after you log in to the course.

  • De Furia, G. L. (2009). Project management recipes for success. Auerbach Publications ISBN:9781420078244

If you prefer to read a paperback instead of an e-book, you may purchase or rent the book used or new from an online bookstore.

Our Students Say. . .

"This course taught me so much about the instructional design process through the lens of project management. I'm in my first ID job and started about a month before this course began. I found that this course helped me ask questions and analyze my on-the-job projects."
~ Jeni Johnson, Des Moines, Iowa

"I learned so much about working with people and designing truly impactful instruction. This course has changed my career. I started my own instructional design and human resource organization, and I use the concepts you taught about good project management every day."
Meica Hatters, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

"Thank you for an amazing course! I really appreciate how it not only taught us all about project management but also modeled impeccable instructional design, so that we could see all that we've been learning about throughout this program in action."
~ Nicole Friz, Vista, California

"I have been so happy with the ID education I received from Stout as I can see I was prepared for this job. Going through the entire process in a case study during the Project Management course gave me so much insight into what we are doing in my current position. Thank you so much for helping me prepare for this! Working at Google is awesome! " 
~ Kathleen Bagmanov, San Francisco, California

"I am glad a course in project management was included in the ID certificate program. I did not imagine it was THAT important! I learned so much in a field that I barely knew existed. And if I get this job I interviewed for today, it will be because of your course!"
Patricia David, Zephyrhills, Florida

"Yesterday was my first day in my new career as an Instructional Designer, and the first thing we did was review the four project charters for the projects I'd be working on or exposed to. You can't imagine how great it felt to look at four very complicated documents and understand them at the outset due to the training I received in this course." 
Erin Sumpter, Cypress, Texas

"To someone unfamiliar with project charters, project plans, mind mapping, and facilitator guides, each week created an opportunity to learn something new. I learned the importance of each step and how it impacts the success of the project."
Monica Kar, St. Charles, Missouri

"The interview was tough (5 manager panel), but the ID certificate program had me fully prepared for any question they threw my way. When asked "Is there anything we didn't cover that you hoped to share about yourself?" I paused then said ‘Yes, I was hoping you would allow me to share my PM experiences with you.’ Then I proceeded to pull examples of the work created in this class. The range of documents created for the course gave me an extra advantage.”
Ray Meyer, Newport News, Virginia

"Our group used some wonderful collaboration tools allowing us to work on our projects simultaneously through Google docs and to see each other while we worked together. We used Team Gantt which integrated with our project, and Google communities allowed us the ability to be able to share information privately among our closed group." 
~Robin Kellogg, Lakeville, Minnesota

"The instructor provided excellent guidance, instruction, and feedback and spelled everything out with instructions that were easy to follow. The live online class meetings were crucial and archived for students who were unable to attend online. The instructor challenged the class with discussion questions and provided timely and relevant feedback. "
Larry Murphy, Training Specialist, Virginia

No travel to campus - 100% Online
  • The class is highly interactive with team projects.
  • All discussion postings, projects, and assignments will be submitted via the course discussion board and Dropbox.
  • Activities are conducted according to a schedule with specific due dates each week.
  • This is not a self-paced class.