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Instructional Design Case Study

Here’s something I’ve wanted to do for years and finally got around to it and hope that it might help other instructional designers that are pursuing instructional design advanced degrees or certificates.

Several years ago, while working on my Masters degree in Instructional Design and Technology, I entered a national instructional design and development competition as part of my capstone project for my degree.

The competition is sponsored by the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) and provides yearly competition in the form of a problem statement for Instructional Design teams of two from colleges and universities worldwide to solve and compete against each other for the best solution.

In 2010, my business partner Rob Ervin and I entered the contest and ended up winning with our solution. The problem was to come up with a “Green Training Initiative” for a mid-sized urban hospital. We spent months researching, designing and developing our solution, then submitting our proposal for competition against 24 other teams.

This competition was one of the most rewarding things I’ve done in my professional eLearning career and directly led to the launching of my own eLearning development company, SchwindTEC.

Through the years I’ve kept in close contact with the Instructional Design and Technology program at Emporia State University from which I attained my degree. During that time they have always had graduate students who have entered this contest and most have won as we did. I’m consistently asked by students for advice in their preparation. Up until now I didn’t really have a complete package I could offer them for assistance.

So now I’ve finally put together an eLearning module that takes them through our experience and I believe is a pretty nice little instructional design case study that might help them in their preparation.

You can access our 2010 AECT competition experience here.

I hope you find it helpful and if you have any questions I can assist with just send me an email at

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