Thursday, May 8, 2014

ADDIE: Implementation

If you've been following along with all the steps so far in the ADDIE process, then you should have a pretty good idea of who your learners are, the steps you need to take to achieve the desired outcome, and the style of learning you will use to implement the actual training.  If you follow these steps then you have already won half the battle.  It may take you days, weeks, or even months to make it to implementation - the part of ADDIE which usually takes the least amount of time.  But implementation is my favorite part because it is at this point where our ideas will come to fruition.

The best thing you can do to make instruction easy on yourself is to write everything down.  For this, creating an instructional plan or course handbook will be beneficial to you now and in the future.  For an idea of what your course handbook should look like, you can see the one I created for my catalog tutorial.  Having an instructor's manual will ensure that all of your course material is easily found in one place (links to videos, handouts, etc.)  Chances are, you may want to use the same instruction at a later date or there may come a time when you need to pass the course information over to another instructor to deliver the training.  Whatever the circumstances may be, it is always a good idea to write down your plan and save it.

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The better the plan the more likely your training will have an impact.  If you took a glance at my sample course handbook, hopefully you were not surprised by the detailed nature of it.  All of those details meant that, when it came time to implement the training, I was prepared!  The details of the plan forced me to be familiar with the ins and outs of each enabling objective and, as a result, the training was more fluid to cater to the individual needs and questions of each learner.  Therefore, a more detailed plan does not necessarily mean rigidity.  Instead, it allows the instructor to be more knowledgeable in the subject area permitting him/her to deviate from the plan without losing any of the content.

Depending upon the type of training you are implementing and which instructional theory you decide on, your instructional plan may be smaller or larger than mine.  After completing the plan and implementing the training, don't think you are out of the woods yet.  There is one more step in the ADDIE process and it is a doozie.  It's now evaluation time!

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