Contracting for instructional development

  • David F. Leitzman
  • Suella Walter
  • Rodney S. Earle
  • Charles Myers


Instructional developers may find an explicit, formal project contract to be a useful component in the development process. Such documents clearly define the roles each participant in that process will play, the expectations each has of the other, and the goals for which all strive. We do not view such contracts as legally binding documents, but rather as tools helpful in patterning the behavior of project participants through their mutual understanding and consent. While the process of creating a project contract may have value in building collaborative client relationships, such agreements are often beneficial regardless of the consulting model to be employed. Our description includes a review of the elements of ideal project contracts, some suggestions concerning their negotiation, and an example contract from a recent development project.


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© Indiana University Audio-Visual Center 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • David F. Leitzman
    • 1
  • Suella Walter
    • 1
  • Rodney S. Earle
    • 1
  • Charles Myers
    • 2
  1. 1.The Division of Development and Special Projects The Audio-Visual CenterIndiana UniversityBloomington
  2. 2.Grumman of New YorkUSA

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