ISPI highlighted these three research studies in the November issue of PerformanceXpress. Unfortunately, the researchers told me the response has not been very high. As you know, their studies are only as successful as the input they receive. Please take a moment to participate in one, two, or three of the surveys below. I know Carol, Hye-Young, Susan, and Ria would appreciate it.

Competencies of Expert Web-based Instruction Designers
Are you experienced in Web-based Instruction/Training?  Are you working or have you worked in the design and development of such instruction/training?  If your answer is “Yes”, you may be able to participate in a research study designed to identify the competencies of expert Web-based Instruction designers. By participating, you will not only contribute to the knowledge of instructional design and development, you will have chance to hear what other professionals are thinking–participants who complete either the interview or the survey will be provided with the research results which could have a positive impact on your own professional practice. This research consists of two parts: interview and online survey. The interview, taking about one hour (online or face-to-face), is the most crucial part because the competency list will be determined from the interview results. The compiled list will thus become the online survey questions for the participants to rate the importance and frequency of the use. You will participate in either the interview or the survey. Please read carefully the criteria for participants of this study. If you meet all the criteria, you are very much needed! We will accommodate your need for a convenient time and location if it is face-to-face. Your participation will be confidential. Any questions and clarifications will be answered promptly. Your volunteering is greatly appreciated. Please share with colleagues as appropriate; without enough participants, the study can’t be fulfilled.

Criteria for the expert population (all numbers below are accumulative, and you do not have to work exclusively on WBI/WBT):

  • With at least 10 years work experience in instructional design including five years specialized in WBI
  • Is or was a Lead Instructional Designer or Developer in WBI projects for at least three years
  • The WBI projects you participated in those three years must be fully Web delivered courses
  • Currently working in the WBI field
  • Earned at least a Bachelor’s degree in Education, Instructional Design /Instructional Technology, Training and Development, or related field. A Master’s degree in those fields is preferred.

Susan Yonghui Chen:

Professional Communities of Practice for Human Performance Technology
My name is Ria Roy, a third year doctoral student at Indiana University, Bloomington. I am conducting this study under the guidance of Dr. James A. Pershing to identify the professional communities that contribute to and influence the practice of human performance technology.

Survey Availability and Time Commitment from You
The survey will take about 20 minutes of your time. The survey will remain open for the next 30 days, available via PerformanceXpress. You have until November 30, 2011, to complete it at your convenience. To participate in the study, please go to

The result of this study will be summarized and submitted to an ISPI publication. We thank you for all your time and willingness to participate in this study. Your support in our academic pursuits is greatly appreciated.

Ria Roy: or 339.970.1709

Correlation of Leadership Styles and Performance in US and Korean IT
My colleague and I are conducting research to determine the correlation of leadership styles and performance in US and Korean IT (Hardware, Software, System Integration), Manufacturing, Telecommunications, and Internet Service Provider Organizations.  The survey is anonymous and takes approximately two minutes to complete. By completing the survey, you will have an opportunity to obtain a copy of the summary survey report by clicking on the link at the end. We so appreciate your being a part of our research! Please click link to start the survey:

Dr. Carol Ann Sharicz, Senior Faculty, Northeastern University:
Dr. Hye-Young Park, Visiting Research Fellow, Boston University: