My approach centres around ‘ADDIE’, an internationally recognised method for developing professional course content.
The ADDIE process consist of 5 steps which are easy to follow for everyone in the project team. Depending on your organisation and needs, we can also follow a more agile approach.
In this phase we will explore the knowledge or skills gaps, discuss what you are trying to achieve, and whether training is the best solution for the targeted audience. We will also look at past training, your business goals, and how we can measure success. The focus is on what people need to be able to do and the required skills and knowledge to fulfil these tasks.
This is the time to make decisions about the program structure and duration, content and possible assessment. We will find out what we can use from available resources, write content, and select the media types. This will all be part of a written storyboard for elearning or a lesson plan for facilitator-led courses.
In the development phase we create all the course materials, e.g., elearning modules, facilitator and participant guides, activities etc. After creating all the course materials we can run a pilot to ensure that the course delivers what it was intended for.
The course is ready, now is the time for all the logistics. Plan the courses, organise locations, facilitators and start promoting the course, and/or upload it to your learning management system. We also learn from the first feedback and tweak the content to get the best result.
Although evaluation is the 5th letter in ADDIE, evaluation happens continuously throughout the design process to check if we are still on track to meet our goals. After implementation, we use the learner (and facilitator) feedback to evaluate the course. We also evaluate the design process with the project team. From here we move forward and discuss what other training needs to be developed or changed.