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Mastering the Instructional Design Process by Stephen B. King, Marsha King, Bud Benscoter, William J. Rothwell

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Chapter EighteenManaging Partnerships and Collaborative Relationships

The previous chapter introduced the first competency related to managing the instructional design function. It focused on applying business skills and was directed largely at the instructional designers or the immediate team. This chapter looks outward from the instructional design team and addresses important skills associated with managing partnerships and collaborative relationships with other stakeholders. Instructional design is not a solitary pursuit. Instead it requires relations hips with many people. These relationships may be internal to the organization or can extend to partnerships with external stakeholders. When designing interventions, interaction with others is not always easy because it may require people to think and act in new ways and sometimes function under time pressures and high stress.

The Standards (Koszalka, Russ-Eft, and Reiser 2013, 65) states that, “professionals who are proficient in this competency recognize that instructional design work is accomplished with and through other people. These professionals consider all the individuals and groups interested and/or involved in the work.” This chapter is about the critically important soft skill of interacting effectively with others. Someone could be the most knowledgeable and technically proficient instructional designer in the world and fail miserably if he or she cannot interact, and build productive relationships, with others. ...

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