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ADDIE Develop Phase

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In the first article of this series we introduced the ADDIE model. The five steps of the ADDIE model are Analyze, Design, Develop, Implement and Evaluate. This article is the third in a series of articles that breaks down each step of the ADDIE method. In this article, we’ll look at the ADDIE Develop phase.

Developing Your Training Materials

The Develop phase is where the rubber begins to meet the road. In the Develop phase you begin to create the course using what you outlined in the ADDIE Design phase.

Here is where you begin to create the courses, guided by the prototype and/or storyboards you put together in the ADDIE Design phase. The purpose of this phase is to develop a fully functional learning experience that adheres to your project plan and meets your project’s objectives.

You have already decided the what the core content will consist of. In the ADDIE Develop phase you will add details to the course materials and get it ready for launch.

3 Steps of The ADDIE Develop Phase

There are 3 steps in the Develop phase:

  1. Drafting and Prototyping
  2. Producing Materials
  3. Testing and Evaluating

During the drafting step, your developers will build out the prototype by creating the materials mapped out in the design phase. You’ll also plan out and integrate the technology needed to present the course.

After building the prototypes, you’ll produce the materials you mapped out in the design phase. These are materials like content, exercises, eLearning materials, and the tech platform.

In the ADDIE Develop Phase Testing is Key

Before moving from the ADDIE Develop phase to the next step, you will need to thoroughly test and debug all your planned materials. Most of the problems learners encounter are related to how the course is built in the chosen technology. These can be easy fixes.  But they will be missed if the instructional designer doesn’t test the course in advance of launch. Testing includes examining the mechanics of the course, especially its navigation.

In addition to testing technology, you’ll need to edit the content for accuracy and effectiveness. You’ll also want to make sure the materials flow well together. This is done by adding the right graphics, choosing colors that match your company’s primary colors and deciding which fonts to use. As any instructional designer will tell you, this will make a huge difference in leaner engagement.

The output of this phase are all your course materials, ready to put in front of your learners.

Now you’re ready to move on to the next step – the ADDIE Implement phase.

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