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This provides a brief overview of the ADDIE model in order to provide context for the Design stage (2nd step) within the model.
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The ADDIE model

In this lesson, you will

  1. Learn about the ADDIE model and its stages
  2. Explore the benefits and drawbacks of the ADDIE model


What is the ADDIE model?

ADDIE is an acronym for the framework that guides the course development process.  Watch the following video on the ADDIE model to find out more.  Then complete the matching exercise below which describes each ADDIE stage.


Addie Model animation from Don Lowing on Vimeo.

Why use the ADDIE model?

The purpose of the ADDIE model is to provide a framework to support the course development process.  Clearly defined stages guide course developers along the course development journey.  The model is simple and easy to remember.  It has been employed for decades and is an established and accepted foundation for instructional design.  Historically, it has been associated with design quality. 

The nice thing about ADDIE is it can be used in all types of projects, such as a learning intervention for AODA compliance in customer service or a training module on surgical devices for medical professionals.  Furthermore, this model aids in project management and doesn't require special training in project management techniques.

ADDIE also provides a holistic framework, which considers the relationships between stages rather than a series of self-contained sequential steps four course development.  What was done in previous stages impacts subsequent stages.  With that being said, the model also facilitates continuous course improvement and can be used to create prototypes. 

There are several tools that accompany the stages of ADDIE.  For example, templates for lesson plans can be helpful in the Design and Development stages.


Now that you can identify the stages of the ADDIE model and the model's advantages and disadvantages, we can examine the Design stage in more detail!  

Next lesson: Design in course development

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Overview of the ADDIE model by RJacob is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY), except where otherwise noted.