When planning an eLearning course or curriculum, it’s easy to get bogged down in the minute details. Solid instructional design looks at the course from various angles to ensure that it fulfills the needs of the learners themselves. Instead of getting overwhelmed by the process, apply the ADDIE model as a simple way to get back to basics and ensure your course has all of the features, information and impact that you want.


The first step to building a course is to complete an analysis of the course and its objectives. A clear idea of how you want to impact your learner gives you better direction and focus going forward, while allowing you to think about the best delivery method.


You don’t have to be an instructional design expert to put pen to paper and map out your course. By creating a general menu and choosing the instructional units and content, you can hand the plan over to your design expert to share your vision.


It’s time to design, build and upload the content into the module. You’ll be able to create your course, but also work out the kinks that may have been introduced during the instructional design process.


Finally, it’s time to actually present and teach the course material to your learners. By explaining your expectations for the curriculum and beginning instruction and dialog, your course goes from the planning and design phase to implementation. You get to see your ideas play out in real time and you get the opportunity to ask for feedback.


So, how’d you do? That’s the question to ask yourself as your course comes to an end. Evaluating whether or not you achieved your goals through the design can either allow you to forge ahead or go back to the drawing board as you brainstorm a solution.