This post was originally published by Mitch Causey on lessonly.com
Evaluating a training plan is like building a house.
Both take planning. They have a specific process to follow. Most importantly, in the end, both welcome people home.
The ADDIE Model is a step-by-step design method framework evaluating the process and the results of training and educational materials. The ADDIE model takes its name from the steps of analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation. Each step builds off of the previous.
Use the ADDIE Model to build the best home for your learners. Here is how the building process works:
The analysis stage is planning where you are going to build your house. When you are deciding to build a new house, first you have to decide what location will meet your needs. Are you looking for a nice school system, opportunities for land, or a lakeside view? You have to collect what is important to you.
The analysis stage is where you gather all the information you have before training. Deciding what the objectives are for your training is important. Think about who the learners are and what will be their abilities when entering. Consider what setting and model of information delivery would be best.
The design stage of your house is where you create your blueprints. You begin to create a layout for what your needs are in the house.
In the design phase, you take all the information from the analysis phase and implement teaching tools to create an approach for how you will translate and design the training materials. A prototype of the training is designed at this stage. When developing a prototype, keep in mind what the needs of your learner are and how to grow your employees.
When you take the blueprints and begin to build the house, you are in the development stage. The actual house is starting to develop from the blueprint you created.
The development step takes the prototype created in the design stage and further develops the prototype. Actual training materials are created to meet the learning objectives. Developers will build out the prototype, creating actual content that the new hires will go through in training. Testing of the materials also occurs during the development stage.
When you move into the house, you begin the implementation stage. This is when the information that you have translated is put into life. This is the action stage where you move into what you have prepared for.
This is the stage where the learner receives the materials that you have been working on in the previous three stages. Train the instructors who will be implementing the training session. Make sure that the trainers understand the information of the first three steps so they can effectively transmit the information.
After you move in, you begin to evaluate how can you better design the house. You begin to add decorations to the walls and fill the house with furniture. You have created the house, and now you are tweaking the design of the house to create the best house yet.
Evaluation should be occurring throughout every step of the process, but this is the formal stage of evaluation. This is where you see if the content you created for your learners meets the objectives you created in the analysis stage. Evaluating if you met your objectives helps you see where your training plan needs improvement.
Like building a home, when following the ADDIE model you will create the best training plan possible for your employees. Having a well-organized training plan will be like welcoming your new hire home.
Using the ADDIE model to adjust training plans allows you through instructional design to create the most efficient training and development programs possible. Save money and do not waste your employees times.
Use the ADDIE model to help your learners meet the objectives you have for them to get on the path roads to success.