My Instructional Design course mates and I are well into our second design projects. Because the second project will require no benchmark assignments as we work through the entire ADDIE process again, we will be required to regulate ourselves and our clients on our own. I see both advantages and disadvantages to this. As a professional instructional designer, our clients and supervisors will not want to see all the ADDIE steps in separate documents at specified periods. We may have to update them on a regular basis, but what it will look like could be different from project to project. So the advantage of Project #2 is a more authentic version of what we could experience in the future. However, having little experience with the process AND the freedom to work on our own schedule is . . . well, to be honest, somewhat scary. At least we still have our safety net in place, meaning that we can contact our professor at any time for feedback and guidance.
So in this case, we must regulate ourselves and others to a greater extent to achieve the final goal. As for self-regulation, we will have to set our own deadlines, be accountable to ourselves, and evaluate our own work. Regulating our clients will involve guiding them through the process, helping them set timelines, and communicating with them more regularly. Project #2 will be more challenging than the last because my client and I are creating the project almost from scratch. We will not be held to the standards and guidelines of an outside organization unlike the last project. Plus, my client is not experienced with either the needs of the population the project is being designed for or the technical skills required to create the project. I have already been experiencing a greater degree of regulating my client because of all these factors. On the other hand, I am finding the freedom to develop the design more liberating than I felt with the first project.
Communication will be even more necessary for this project because of what it entails. The last project was much more structured and well laid out prior to me turning it into an online course. The only real communication between my last client and I was to check-in with her about my own progress and obtain feedback as needed for my professor. This time, my new client and I are starting with a loose idea I developed a few years ago. We will basically be creating all aspects of the final product with no expectations other than our own. Our communications already feel much different. I see myself taking on a much larger role in the development and design stages because of the client’s limited experience. She requires more guidance and support. I anticipate future communication will occur more frequently and appear less formal.