Narrative Inquiry: Development of Instructional Design Material by External Instructional Systems Designers

Narrative Inquiry: Development of Instructional Design Material by External Instructional Systems Designers

Author: 
Randi Scott Sweeney
Program of study: 
D.M./IST
Abstract: 
The company-employed instructional system designer (ISD) may develop instructional design material (IDM) using the experience the company-employed ISD has as an employee, within the boundaries of specific learning theories or models. The research explored how 17 contractor instructional systems designers developed instructional design material using an online questionnaire available only to a members-only LinkedIn group. Eligible members of the LinkedIn group were over 18 years’ old and had five years’ or more experience as contractor instructional systems designer (CISD). The goal for the research study was to explore how a CISD developed instructional design material. The data was analyzed using NVivo analytical software, which helped to identify three themes, identifying similarities between a contractor and a non-contractor instructional systems designer. Analysis of the data indicated the CISD has the same convictions and uses many of the same learning theories as the company-employed instructional systems designer, but without the benefit of audience awareness.
Dedication: 
The one person that deserves the most dedication for this dissertation is my wife, Mary. Mary stood by me every step of the way, which gave me the strength to complete my journey. I never felt alone because I knew she was always by my side. She was my proofreader for all of my assignments, my confidant, my sounding board, and my partner in every new step taken toward the development of this dissertation and all of the previous degrees. I owe much more than I can express in a few words to my wife for her support and encouragement. Much of the time spent on this dissertation started with the words “I have to work on my dissertation” or “I have school work tonight”. She understood completely and encouraged me to pursue this goal. I love you for having the faith in me for the person I could become and especially for helping me become that person.
Acknowledgements: 
I want to acknowledge my mother because she has always had faith in me and helped me develop the will to continue even when all seemed lost. I especially want to acknowledge my deceased father because he had unwavering faith in me for anything I wanted to accomplish, and helped me recognize that I really could do anything when I set my mind, at a very young age. I would like to thank and knowledge my chairperson, Dr. B. Ivan Strom for his words of wisdom when I needed them most as I wrote the dissertation and performed the research. I would like to thank my committee members, Dr. Brent Muirhead for his assistance and feedback as I initially stumbled through this process, and Drs. Heather Allen and Daniel Turner for coming to the rescue when prior committee members went on to pursue other interests. I would like to acknowledge and thank Melissa Shemek for being my school partner and friend. Melissa was with me during the residencies and became a friend with which to bounce ideas and thoughts off of during the entire process.