ADDIE Cheat Sheet

addie-model-jpgWhen first starting out in elearning design and development, it can be easy to get lost in all of the theory and best practices. It doesn’t take long to realize that every development system is littered with both positives and negatives.

So which one should you use?

Nine times out of ten, I recommend going with ADDIE. If you aren’t familiar, ADDIE stands for Analyze-Design-Develop-Implement-Evaluate. For years it has been the de facto model for most elearning course development.

This doesn’t mean that ADDIE is without flaws. Still, since most methodology branches from ADDIE one way or another, it’s a great place to start building your skills.

Trouble is, the ADDIE model has been written about to-death. As such, this article is meant to be a high-level description of each phase, for quick reference.

Analyze (10% of budget)

  • Develop learner profiles
  • Identify learning spaces & devices
  • Research learning resources
  • Determine delivery & assessment strategies
  • Obtain sign-off

Design (36% of budget)

  • Storyboard the design
  • Plan & test using prototypes
  • Identify network capacity
  • Design online learning spaces
  • Explore & refine technology options
  • Consider using repositories
  • Obtain sign-off

Develop (35% of budget)

  • Decide what should be outsourced
  • Conduct testing
  • Ensure security, backups & access requirements are met
  • Confirm licensing, copyright and accessibility
  • Obtain sign-off

Implement (4% of budget)

  • Provide tools for learners
  • Conduct delivery & assessment
  • Provide entry point for learners
  • Prepare instructors for elearning

Evaluate (7% of budget)

  • Collect & interpret data
  • Share results
  • Find areas for improvement




About the Author:

Justin Ferriman is the co-founder and CEO of LearnDash, the WordPress LMS trusted by the world's leading organizations, such as the University of Michigan, Digital Marketer, WPEngine, and Infusionsoft. Justin has made a career as an elearning consultant where he has implemented large-scale training programs for Fortune 500 companies. Twitter | LinkedIn

One Comment
  1. Deeya

    Thanks Justin, what a brilliant job!
    I was looking for a ready refrence to summarize ADDIE to a stakeholder who doesn’t know much about it. Thanks again!

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