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Is the ADDIE Model right for me and my project?

If you've spent much time in the world of instructional design, you've probably heard the ADDIE Model mentioned. In the past ten years, the ADDIE Model has become the most used model for teachers to utilize in training program creation (Yeh and Tseng, 2019, p88). If this is your first time creating an instructional design, the ADDIE Model could be a great tool for you!


The ADDIE Model is a five part system that helps educators creation of learning content but it's more than just a flow chart. The ADDIE Model has a pathway of work and rework that helps build in revision to every part of your training. As an educator, you know how important it is to review and revise, not only as you develop your trainings but also as your audience and environment change.


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You will begin with Analyze. In this stage, you will need to identify all the factors of your learning environment. This includes: learning outcomes, audience characterizes, abilities, prior knowledge, and technology accessibility, internal and external requirements, and your own resources. It might seem like you can gather all this information and move on, but as your environment and the culture changes, these factors will change with them. For example, as technology improves, the components of your design will become obsolete and so will your trainings. This portion of the ADDIE Model is important to continuous revise.


You can the move on to Design. For most of you interested in instructional design, this is the fun part! This is where you plan our your modules, activities, assignments, portal functionality, and identify all the components of your content.


Often simultaneously, you can begin working on the Development of your design. This part might include bringing in other key partners to assist in the technological functions of your design. You will build out your activities and assessments here. As you work through the production, you might notice that some of your ideas aren't able to get on screen like you might have hoped. That's okay! That's why we include a revision of design continuously. In this section, it's all about trial and error.



Once you've created a working product, it's time to Implement! In this part of the process, you might pilot the course to ensure the functionality of the system. Again, a great time for revision! You'll be able to view the course from your audiences perspective and make adjustments not only to your design work but also to the key factors listen in your analyze data collected. Remember, it's all part of the process! Don't get discouraged.


Once you've launched your course, this is when you can start collecting data from your assessment and feedback forms and start your Evaluation. Once you have collected enough data to recognize patterns in your students performance, it's time to, you guessed it, revise!


The world of instructional design is not for the faint of heart! It takes the ability to reinvent continuously and stay resilient even when your best ideas aren't working. The ADDIE Model is a great tool to keep you and your team focused when doing the important work of educating! If you're still wondering if the ADDIE Model is right for you and your project, I'd say yes, it is!

Nichols, J., Walsh, S., & Yaylaci, M. (2024). ADDIE explained: Analysis. Addie Explained – An Open Educational Resource for the Educational Technology Community.

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