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Project Management for Instructional Designers – 1st Canadian Edition by Advanced Instructional Design Faculty and Students (ETAD 874), University of Saskatchewan is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

Project Management for Instructional Designers – 1st Canadian Edition

Description: Project Management for Instructional Designers (PM4ID) is a textbook about project management tailored specifically for instructional designers, intended for use in graduate programs in educational technology. This book is based on a pre-existing openly licensed textbook donated to the commons by a benefactor who desires to remain anonymous. It has been collaboratively revised and updated by students and faculty at the University of Saskatchewan. It contains case studies, video cases and audio recordings of interviews with Canadian instructional design experts, and interactive reviews of three chapters using H5P.

January 28, 2022 | Updated: June 14, 2023
Author: Advanced Instructional Design Faculty and Students (ETAD 874), University of Saskatchewan

Subject Areas
Education, Instructional Design

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Reviews (1) Avg: 4.3 / 5

Stephen Chase

Institution:College of New CaledoniaTitle/Position: Faculty - Academic Quality AssuranceCreative Commons License

Q: The text covers all areas and ideas of the subject appropriately and provides an effective index and/or glossary

This text aligns well with the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) and the requirements of the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM), and each chapter opens with an explanation of this alignment. The text also includes first-person vignettes with audio and/or video, examples, and case studies to illustrate the application of project management principles to instructional design. A glossary is included.

Comprehensiveness Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: Content is accurate, error-free and unbiased

The content of this text is accurate and alignment with the PMBOK is demonstrated with explanatory text and citations. Diagrams are useful in supporting understanding. Scholarly and professional resources are cited throughout. No errors or biases were found in this review.

Content Accuracy Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: Content is up-to-date, but not in a way that will quickly make the text obsolete within a short period of time. The text is written and/or arranged in such a way that necessary updates will be relatively easy and straightforward to implement

The content and learning outcomes appear up-to-date. The PMBOK has been updated a few times since the version referenced in this text, however, so updates would be appreciated. The design of this text should support straightforward updating.

Relevance Rating: 3 out of 5

Q: The text is written in lucid, accessible prose, and provides adequate context for any jargon/technical terminology used

Project Management for Instructional Designers uses bolded keywords to introduce terminology. A glossary is provided and cues in the text support the reader in learning the language of project management. Section learning objectives and key takeaways are also provided to support comprehension and guide the learner.

Clarity Rating: 4 out of 5

Q: The text is internally consistent in terms of terminology and framework

The methods of introducing terminology are consistent throughout the text and the framework is largely consistent. Review elements included in each chapter could be more consistent - some chapters finished with case studies and interactive reviews, but not all.

Consistency Rating: 4 out of 5

Q: The text is easily and readily divisible into smaller reading sections that can be assigned at different points within the course (i.e., enormous blocks of text without subheadings should be avoided). The text should not be overly self-referential, and should be easily reorganized and realigned with various subunits of a course without presenting much disruption to the reader.

Topics in this text have been logically divided into chapters and sections to support adoption and adaptation by instructors to meet their needs. Each chapter opens with audio and/or video vignettes that could be easily integrated into a course as supplementary resources or used within learning activities. More consistent and distinctive heading levels and styles, however, would help the reader navigate the text.

Modularity Rating: 4 out of 5

Q: The topics in the text are presented in a logical, clear fashion

The flow of topics in this text follows the project phases, making for a clear progression of ideas and learning. The table of contents sets up this progression well for the reader. The first chapter provides context as it relates to the PMBOK and PM designations.

Organization Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text is free of significant interface issues, including navigation problems, distortion of images/charts, and any other display features that may distract or confuse the reader

Overall the interface is clean and clear. Full audio transcripts are available in the print version for some of the audio/video vignettes. Similarly, some audio/video vignettes are introduced with a question or prompt, while others just start with a response from a designer. If more consistent approaches could be taken to these vignettes it would improve accessibility for the learner.

Interface Rating: 4 out of 5

Q: The text contains no grammatical errors

The text appeared to be free of spelling or grammatical errors.

Grammar Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text is not culturally insensitive or offensive in any way. It should make use of examples that are inclusive of a variety of races, ethnicities, and backgrounds

It is evident that images, stories, and examples have been selected to reflect diverse organizations, individuals and projects. The text appeared to be free of insensitive or offensive language.

Cultural Relevance Rating: 4 out of 5

Q: Are there any other comments you would like to make about this book, for example, its appropriateness in a Canadian context or specific updates you think need to be made?

I recommend this text as a thorough study of project management principles. Careful attention has been given to align the content with the PMBOK and the CAPM designation, and as such the text is technical in its presentation. Topics are applied to instructional design at a level that would be easily appreciated by anyone with an interest in educational development.

Thank you for the opportunity to review this textbook,