Date of Award

Summer 2018

Document Type

Master's Project

Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)


STEM Education & Professional Studies


Occupational and Technical Studies

Committee Director

Jill Stefaniak

Committee Director

Mickey Kosloski


The purpose of this study was to examine the application of teamwork in instructional design to determine the frequency by which coordination, decision making, leadership, interpersonal skills, adaptability, and communication are applied in real-world instructional design teams. Instructional designers found on the social media network, LinkedIn, were asked to voluntarily complete the 36-item Teamwork Skills Questionnaire, which was distributed and returned electronically. Descriptive statistics of mean and standard deviation were calculated using Microsoft Excel.

The most frequently applied teamwork skills in instructional design teams were interpersonal skills (M = 3.57) and communication (M = 3.26). Each of the six skills examined, however, were found to be applicable at least some of the time with the lowest mean being in leadership (M = 2.92). These findings indicate that the majority of the skills examined were relevant in instructional design teams at least some of the time. The findings in this study build on the professional knowledge and understanding of instructional design, specifically in relation to the teamwork involved in a design project.


A Master’s Research Paper Submitted to the Faculty of Old Dominion University in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of MASTER OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION, INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY, OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY