I work in a not for profit Catholic health care organization. The system has a dedicated learning department of which I am employed as an Instructional Designer. Customers request learning interventions for problems they are having. We use the ADDIE process, which is a systematic process to determine the feasibility of the projects (Morrison, G. R., Ross, S. M., Kalman, H. K., & Kemp, J. E. 2013,. When a learning intervention is determined to be applicable we are assigned the project. In the past we have not had to “budget” the projects. We do estimate when the projects will be completed. Often we have had a constraint and the job must be completed by a certain date. I have had to allocate resources such as voice talent, web designers, videographers, testers, designers, graphical designers and developers. This is a skill that takes practice and I would recommend using checklists in order to keep track of items (Portny, S.E., Mantel, S.J., Meredith, J.R. Share, S.M., Sutton, M.M., & Kramer, B.E.; 2008).
Resource Allocation and budgeting is a topic that I have had to pay close attention to this week at my job. I have been tasked to create a curriculum for the Learning Management System (LMS) HealthStream. Current state is where the Administrators travel to Nashville for a 3-day training. My task is to bring the training in-house and create a curriculum that will save money. The management has determined that the training should be brought in-house and the project is a go. The problem is other projects with higher priority bumping the HS LMS project out of it’s timeframe. I am now tasked to revisit the estimation and budget around this project. This is where I will be looking into resources to assist in estimating time for the modules to be developed.
We have resources that are in the reading for this week with the videos and the chapters we have read. There are also websites to find information to assist Instructional designers for instance http://www.nwlink.com/~donclark/hrd/costs.html The site defines budget, allocation and estimation of cost of training and estimation of time to design and develop the training. Karl Kapp et al have a very informative article in ATD Publications: https://www.td.org/Publications/Newsletters/Learning-Circuits/Learning-Circuits-Archives/2009/08/Time-to-Develop-One-Hour-of-Training and finally I like the eLearning Coaches site for estimating time:
I will use these tools to create a better estimate for the HealthStream LMS Administrator curriculum, in order to create an accurate timeline for when the curriculum can be completed. This has been a very interesting
Portny, S. E., Mantel, S. J., Meredith, J. R., Shafer, S. M., Sutton, M. M., & Kramer, B. E. (2008). Project management: Planning, scheduling, and controlling projects. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Morrison, G. R., Ross, S. M., Kalman, H. K., & Kemp, J. E. (2013). Designing effective instruction (7th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Chapter 1, “Introduction to the Instructional Design Process”