The ADDIE model is an instructional design method that helps you to systematise as well as modernise the production of your course content. Introduced in 1970, it is still commonly used for instructional design due to its simple and useful features. Through this blog, I will make clear the various steps involved and how you can start streamlining ADDIE as a technique in your instructional design.

ADDIE is an abbreviation for the five phases: Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation and Evaluation. Its success depends on each stage, and the method should be used with a focus on iteration and reflection. Moreover, it offers you a streamlined, focused approach that provides feedback for continuous improvement.

The analysis phase can be recognised as the goal setting stage. In this stage, the instruction issue is clarified; goals and objectives of the companyget established; and the learning atmosphere and learners’ existing skills are acknowledged. During the analysis phase, you need to address the following questions:-
• What are the delivery options?
• Who are audiences and their characteristics?
• What is your deadline for project completion?
• What are the needs of employees?
• What were any learning constraints used earlier?

The design stage deals with exercises, SME (subject matter expert) analysis, lesson planning, media selection, learning objectives, and assessment instruments. Your design phase should be systematic and specific. You should have a systematic and logical way to identify, develop and evaluate a strategy’s target for reaching the project goals. However, every element of the instructional design plan must properly be executed with proper details.

In the development phase, developers formulate and assemble the content resources that were designed in the design stage. Programmers work to develop or incorporate technologies. Furthermore, testers will execute debugging methods. Finally, the project will be reviewed and revised according to the feedback given.

The development phase is where the software for training the learners and facilitators is developed.The facilitators’ training must cover the course prospectus, learning effects, the system of delivery, and testing or assessment procedures. Preparation of the learners takes into account training them on the latest new hardware or software tools.

The last stage of the ADDIE model is Evaluation. It consists of two parts, named as formative and summative. Formative assessmentis done in every phase of the ADDIE process. On the other hand, summative assessment involves testing for domain-specific criteria and offers opportunities for feedback from the users.

I hope you understand all the steps included in Streamlining ADDIE, and now you will able to systematise your content and streamline the creation of your course content.

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If you are an eLearning designer, you should consider using agile instructional design for your learning initiatives. Unlike the traditional methods of course creation, the agile method offers some significant benefits that will ensure that your results are outstanding yet also efficient. Below, we look at some of the top benefits of the agile design method.

Highly Interactive
Agile instructional design is heavily focused on the learners and how they will interact with the course material. At every step of course development, the needs of the learner and the manner in which they will participate and engage with the course will be taken into consideration. As a result, course developers are able to develop training materials in exactly the way a learner would find it easy to understand. This is one of the reasons why many instructional designers are switching over to agile design. After all, if you can produce high-quality, engaging content using agile, why bother wasting time on other, inefficient instructional design methods?

Rapidly Produce Content
A big challenge faced by most course developers is the time required for developing training material. This is mostly because developers usually tend to focus on creating the entire content of the course all at once. Obviously, this is normally a massive undertaking fraught with so many issues that the project will end up taking a lot of time. But with agile design processes, designers can now develop courses faster, using less time and fewer resources. This is because agile methods look at the course development process as consisting of little chunks of content that need to be developed sequentially. Only when one section is finished can the development team move on to the next section. This process of course development ensures that the training material is created within a short period of time.

Better Collaboration
A huge benefit of the agile design process is that it facilitates easier collaboration among multiple individuals. Everyone involved in the course, right from the organization that invested in its development to the actual learners, can collaborate with each other and offer suggestions to improve the course. As a course developer, this gives you the chance to hear the feedback and understand which aspect of the course needs to be developed and what new, potential features should be implemented. This can go a long way in helping you fine-tune your next course.

No Last Moment Revisions Necessary
In the traditional course development scenario, developers often tend to make numerous changes and revisions to the content. This mostly happens because the course is developed all at once, and then largely revised later on at the end of development. As a consequence, designers often need to correct a lot of errors to ensure that the training material complies with expectations. However, since agile development involves completing the course in portions, all errors and changes are addressed along the way. As such, last-minute, large-scale revisions become unnecessary.