Project Management for Instructional Designers

Delivery Mode : Asynchronous Workshop
Levels : Beginner,Intermediate,Advanced
Eligible for Online Teaching Certificate elective : No

Please note: Workshop passes and coupons do not apply to this offering.

The instructional designer role encompasses more than course design, faculty training, and technology innovation. Many instructional designers juggle multiple projects at a time, contributing to key aspects of each project, and often managing more than just one. Project management competencies are essential for instructional designers to effectively contribute to project success and, even more imperatively, to provide leadership throughout the process. This course provides instructional design community members with an introduction to the lifecycle of a project, spanning project initiation to closing/evaluation, as well as key knowledge areas necessary to successfully achieve project outcomes within the context of a team. Upon completion of this course, participants will have developed key competencies embodied in the project management knowledge areas by exploring practices, tools, and techniques associated with each area. Additionally, participants will be able to apply relevant project management methodologies that can be tailored to meet the needs of a variety of projects.

Learning Objectives:

  • Outline the basic components of project management (process groups and knowledge areas) needed to successfully manage projects
  • Define your current role and future aspirations in project management
  • Articulate how the major knowledge areas of project management may be applied to add value to any project
  • Determine effective strategies to employ project management in order to adeptly contribute to or manage projects
  • Identify environmental factors, organizational culture, stakeholders’ needs, and other variables within your institutional context that can impact a project
  • Identify different project management methodologies and their usefulness depending on the project type and the institution’s environment
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of project management processes


  • At least one year of experience in contributing to or managing a project in the field of instructional design and online learning
  • Insight into an institutions’ environment
  • Access to a current project

What are the key takeaways from this course?

  • Individualized templates and tools to be more effective in project management
  • The curation of a portfolio of resources (tools and techniques) to adeptly, efficiently execute project management practices
  • The ability to determine the best methodologies for your project type and unique institutional culture
  • Practical strategies from peers for implementing a project and leveraging expertise in the project management knowledge areas

Who should take this course?

  • Instructional designers who contribute to projects or manage projects by launching courses, coordinating services across cross-functional teams, coordinating faculty development, adopting new technology tools, standing up initiatives, managing websites, migrating or updating a learning management system, or any other project
  • Anyone, including librarians and multimedia specialists, who manages or contributes to projects in the field of online learning
  • Faculty who execute grants, create courses, coordinate workshops, manage conferences, or manages or contributes to any other project

Please note that coupons and workshop passes do not apply to this offering.

Refund policy

If you register and pay for an OLC workshop and are unable to enroll (due to personal schedule conflicts, illness, etc), we will be happy to apply your payment to another OLC workshop in the same calendar year upon your written request to No refunds will be given.