I am sure you must have read my previous blog,on Instructional design and five different types of Instructional Design Models .

The ADDIE model was created at Florida State University way back in the 1970’s as an instructional resource or guideline.
Since then ADDIE model till the present year of 2018, it is still the most popularly used model worldwide by instructional designers and training content developers to design very effective training modules. The ADDIE model when expanded is A- Analysis, D- Design, D- Development
I – Implementation, E- Evaluation. 
In this blog, let us see how can we implement the ADDIE model in e-learning.


In simple terms, it is the process of defining what is to be learned by the learners.In this stage, you need to study the requirements of the learners in great detail.
During this phase, you must define the problem, identify the source of the problem and determine the  possible solutions which can be provided through the elearning modules

Here I have some tips which you use in the analysis stage.

Analyse the Audience :

To analyze your target audience, ask yourself some important questions like the following.

1.Who is your target audience? Understand their demographic classifications.
2.What is their present level knowledge on the employees on the learning topics?
3.What gaps might exist in their knowledge currently?.
4.What would you like the audience to learn by the end of the training?
5.What can be the limitations of the e-learning?

Collecting in-depth information about the target audience strengthens the audience analysis and thus helps the designers to include only  what is relevant to the learners.

For example, if the target learners already have a good level of knowledge and understanding on the topic, then the designers need not build the contents from basic level but can instead focus more on the application of concepts.


The goal of this stage is to create the structure of the course.In the design phase, instructional designers write the learning goals or objectives in measurable terms and select the e-learning instructional strategies that are in alignment with the learning objectives.

The design part talks about the content to be included and how the text, multimedia, and navigation elements will fit together in the module.

These are steps which can be used in the design phase:

1.Documentation of the project’s instructional, visual and technical design strategy.
2.Apply the chosen instructional strategies.
3.Create storyboards.
4.Design the user interface and user experience
5.Prototype creation of the learning modules

For more information on how addie model can be used in e-learning, please visit our portfolio page.


The development phase is where the actual fun begins. Now you can see the developers in full swing to use their expertise and skills with the various authoring tools.

The developers put their ideas to create and assemble the content assets that were created in the design phase.The development phase is the where the e-learning module starts taking shape.

For example, the programmers work to develop and integrate technologies. Testers or the quality checkers perform debugging procedures and we should never forget the busy project manner who runs from one developer to the other to constantly review each and every stage of the module.

The development stage sees that the elearning modules are ready for delivery hence it is mandatory to ensure thorough testing of the modules.
Every elearning development team follows a strict quality assurance standards and ensures that every module is reviewed according to the said quality standards.
The quality assurance professionals should see the elearning modules from the perspective and eyes of a learner or the end user.


Once the courses are developed and thoroughly tested for errors, the next stage is the final delivery of the course to the client or in other words it’s the stage of implementation of the courses on the various platforms.

Usually, any elearning courses are published and delivered in the popular formats like  SCORM , Tin Can Api etc which can be uploaded to the supporting Learning Management Systems. This helps the organisation to track the learners’ progress and get the access to various detailed reports.


Learning is never complete without taking the proper feedback from the learners . Feedbacks are very important as it helps the learners to understand if the learning objectives are achieved. It takes the users opinion to understand how effective the learning was.

It also helps the organisation to understand the drawbacks if any and thus allowing to correct the mistakes.

Even after 40 years of inception, ADDIE still stands as the most popular instructional design model. In the domain of elearning by following the process of ADDIE model, the designers can make amazing learning modules which is sure to achieve the learning objectives.

For more information on how addie model can be used in e-learning, please visit our portfolio page.