Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An activity theoretical perspective on inter-organizational collaboration in instructional technology development and implementation
by Medley, Robin Angela, Ph.D., Northern Illinois University, 2016, 444; 10123511
Abstract (Summary)

This study examined the collaborative aspects of instructional technology development and implementation on the P.R.I.D.E. Digital Curriculum (PDC). The multimedia PDC training product was developed through an inter-organizational collaboration amongst several agencies and organizations. An increase in globalization and decentralization of organizations is changing how instructional designers communicate with the design and development teams. Cultural differences between institutions is significant when designing and developing collaborative material. This study utilized activity theory and activity systems analysis to examine communication practices, cultural influences, and synergy of the partners with a developer’s perspective on instructional design and development. The findings revealed cultural differences did influence activities. The findings also revealed a historical influence on communication and decision-making practices. Additionally, the study uncovered some techniques used for improving synergistic properties while cautioning of antagonistic behaviors that threaten inter-organization collaboration.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Smaldino, Sharon
Commitee: Yamagata-Lynch, Lisa, York, Cindy
School: Northern Illinois University
Department: Educational Technology, Research and Assessment
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-A 77/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Instructional Design, Multimedia Communications, Educational technology
Keywords: Activity theory, Instructional design, Instructional development, Inter-organizational, Multimedia, Partnerships
Publication Number: 10123511
ISBN: 978-1-369-00025-2
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