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How to apply ADDIE Model to create e-learning course ?

Sanju Kumari
27 Feb 2024
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E-learning has transformed the landscape of education and training by expanding access to learning opportunities, promoting lifelong learning, and facilitating skill development in diverse domains and industries.

E-learning allows learners to access educational resources and participate in learning activities remotely, using devices such as computers, tablets, and smartphones connected to the internet.

It encompasses a wide range of instructional materials and platforms, including online courses, webinars, virtual classrooms, multimedia presentations, and interactive simulations.

Instructional materials play a crucial role in the world of e-learning. This prompts the question: who develops these materials, and what framework do they typically follow to ensure they are personalized to learners and yield optimal results?

Before delving into the ADDIE model, let's explore a few key points essential for grasping the concepts discussed in this blog:

1. Significance of Understanding the ADDIE Model: Why is it crucial to comprehend the ADDIE model and its relevance in instructional design?

2. Introduction to Instructional Design (ID): What is instructional design, and why does it incorporate the ADDIE model in the development of e-learning courses?

Let's address these questions:

What is the ADDIE model?

The ADDIE model, standing for Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation, represents a comprehensive cycle ensuring that a course meets learners' expectations and helps them achieve their learning goals. It serves as a structured process, enabling instructional designers to craft meaningful courses that address existing challenges or offer innovative solutions to emerging ones.

Now, let's delve into a practical scenario to contextualize these concepts:

Consider a prevalent issue in today's complex business environment: fostering a culture of ethical excellence within organizations. Clear guidelines on workplace behavior, encapsulated in a code of conduct (COC), are imperative for organizational success and employee well-being.

Imagine XYZ Company grappling with the challenge of nurturing ethical values among its workforce. The Head of Learning and Development, or HR team, seeks a solution to instill a culture of ethical excellence, promoting a safe and respectful workplace environment for all.

However, verbal communication of these guidelines to each employee proves daunting, and ensuring universal compliance becomes a significant challenge. Here's where instructional designers step in to bridge the gap, facilitating comprehension, retention, and adherence to workplace norms.

Let's simplify the scenario:

The problem is crystal clear - HR aims to implement a robust code of conduct (COC) or ethical standards across the organization, necessitating an engaging e-learning course for effective implementation.

The COC issue is prevalent across industries. For instance, a company may possess COC resources, yet employees might not adhere to them strictly. Reasons could range from mundane course materials to a lack of monitoring, resulting in passive engagement and limited impact.

To address this challenge, HR has decided to revamp the COC content and delivery methods for enhanced engagement and efficacy.

Understanding the problem's nature - ensuring adherence to COC - is crucial. It's an existing issue, with the course already in place but lacking the desired impact.

To navigate through this process effectively, instructional designers rely on the ADDIE model. This systematic approach not only aids in understanding the problem but also ensures tailored solutions aligned with learners' needs.

As we embark on this journey, let's remember: that the problem statement serves as the cornerstone for employing the ADDIE model. It guides instructional designers in crafting effective solutions and achieving desired outcomes.

Before we go ahead with ADDIE learning, a quick definition of ID will help you understand the role of ID in creating an e-learning course:

What is an instructional designer (ID)?

An instructional designer (ID) is a professional who designs engaging and effective learning experiences. They analyze learning needs, create curriculum, develop content, and evaluate outcomes. IDs collaborate with experts to craft tailored solutions using instructional theories and technologies, facilitating knowledge acquisition and skill development.

All the best learners: In this blog, you're stepping into the shoes of an instructional designer (ID) as you utilize the ADDIE model to draft your inaugural e-learning course on Code of Conduct (COC), using an authoring tool called Calibr.

Calibr Course Authoring is a versatile tool that simplifies the course design process, offering seamless integration with various instructional design models.

For an in-depth understanding of how instructional design crafts captivating e-learning courses and uses gamification in creating engaging course content development, make sure to explore these excellent resources.

How does the ADDIE model work?

As you can see in the above image, ADDIE mainly consists of five steps:

  1. Analysis 
  2. Design
  3. Development
  4. Implementation
  5. Evaluation

Let's dive in and learn about it together!

1. Analysis Phase (Let's Look Around )

Data is definitely the key to a successful start.

Step 1: Collect Data

First, we take a good look at our company and figure out what we want our rules (COC) to achieve. We talk to people, see what's already there, and check the laws we need to follow or add to.           

In this stage, we will be gathering all the data according to the stage 1 technical requirements.

Technical Requirements:

1. Define organizational objectives: We set clear goals for our rules (COC) to match our company's mission and values.

2. Conduct a needs assessment: We see how things are going now and find out what problems we need to fix. In this case, data can either be collected from scratch or from existing data that tells how to solve the current problem.

Action: At this stage, we have finalized the Table of Contents (TOC) and developed detailed content/information to align with it effectively.

2. Design Phase: (Fun Part)

It's time to have some fun with the elements based on our research or data collected in Stage 1 - Look Around (Design Phase).

Step 2: Design time!

Now comes the fun part—designing our rules! We decide what they'll say, how they'll look, and how easy they are to understand.

In this phase, we have the flexibility to employ standard design tools or opt for more simplistic methods like pen and paper or a basic Google document to outline the design elements. We determine what elements are necessary, how they should be structured, and what types of multimedia assets, such as videos or audio clips are required. This process culminates in the creation of a storyboard, where you have the opportunity to visualize your ideas freely, based on the groundwork laid in stage.

Technical Requirements:

1. Code Structure and Content: We write down our rules (COC) in a clear way so everyone can understand them.

2. Clarity and Accessibility: We make sure our rules are easy to read and use examples to help people understand.

3. Visual Design and Branding: We make our rules look nice and match our company's style.

Action: Here, our storyboard is prepared, outlining content suitable for either an audio file or a video script. The detailed structure ensures a seamless flow, providing a clear visualization of the content within the authoring tool.

3. Development Phase: (Build)

Now that we have enough data (blueprint) and a rough design for each design element, let's attempt to create a course that a user can easily navigate through.

Step 3: Time to Build

With our plan ready, it's time to make our rules real! We work with different teams or as an individual ID to give shape to the course.

Technical Requirements:

1. Collaborative Approach: We work together with different teams to make sure everyone agrees on the rules (COC).

2. Training and Education: We make fun and engaging materials—activities, videos, audio, and questions—to help the learner/user understand the course.

Action: Voila! Our comprehensive course is now fully prepared, incorporating diverse design elements such as videos, audio, flashcards, and interactive question and quiz sections.

To create e-learning courses, instructional designers utilize various authoring tools. Delve into this resource to explore their usage.

4. Implementation Phase: (Roll Out)

Time to show our hard work and release it for the learner.

Step 4: Let's Roll It Out

Now our course is ready to go! We tell everyone about them, and make sure they understand.

Technical Requirements:

1. Communication and Rollout: We tell everyone about the course using emails, meetings, and posters.

2. Training and Compliance: We teach everyone how to use the course.

Action: So, what are we waiting for? With everything ready, let's publish it on Learning Management Systems (LMS) and share the great work we've accomplished with the world!

5. Evaluation Phase: (Feedback/ or Suggestions)

Feedback/suggestions are always welcome.

Step 5: Check and Improve

Last but not least, we check how well our rules (COC) are working. Are people following them? Do they help us do our jobs better?

Technical Requirements:

1. Performance Metrics: We measure how well our rules are working.

2. Feedback Mechanisms: We ask people what they think about the rules and how we can make them better.

3. Continuous Improvement: We use what we learn to make our rules (COC) even better!

Action: Go through the feedback thoroughly and update your course again. 


And there you have it—the ADDIE model for creating a course! It's like our roadmap to making sure everyone knows what to do and how to do it. Let's start making our workplace even better together!

For further insights into other fascinating instructional design (ID) models, and detailed ADDIE model, be sure to explore this captivating resource.

To have access to the COC (Code of Conduct) e-learning course, learners can connect with the calibr team.

Sanju Kumari

Sanju has a wealth of experience and expertise in instructional design, bringing innovative ideas and a fresh perspective to e-learning content development. She is passionate about merging technology and creativity for dynamic e-learning. Her passion for creating engaging and effective learning experiences aligns perfectly with Calibr's commitment to excellence. She also enjoys writing about e-learning trends in the corporate world.