Agile vs ADDIE: Which Is Better for Learning Design?

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My last post was about Agile Learning Design , an iterative model of instructional design that focuses on collaboration and rapid prototyping. It is the hot new alternative to the old, and some have argued outdated, ADDIE model that has been the ultimate instructional design model for years.


ADDIE isn't Dead; it's just more Agile

Integrated Learnings

Readers of this blog know that I've been a big defender of ADDIE ( Adapting 20th Century Training Models for the Future , ADDIE isn't Dead, how can it be? , As a reminder, ADDIE stands for Analyze, Design, Develop, Implement, and Evaluate. No ADDIE isn't dead.


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What Is Agile Learning Design?

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If you’re in the learning design business or working with game based learning , then you’ve probably come across the term “Agile” a lot recently, so we’re going to try and make sense of it. So let’s dive in and learn about Agile Learning Design.

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ADDIE or Agile? A false dichotomy

Torrance Learning

There’s a lot of buzz these days about whether we should abandon the training industry’s go-to model, ADDIE, for an Agile approach. A disclaimer: we’re all about Agile, or rather, LLAMA – the Lot Like Agile Methods Approach – here at TorranceLearning. But that doesn’t mean we give up on what ADDIE has taught us. One of the core tenets of an Agile approach is iterative development. ADDIE stands for Analyze, Design, Develop, Implement, Evaluate.


ADDIE isn't dead; how can it be?

Integrated Learnings

There has been a lot of discussion, and an infamous article or two, in our field about the death of the ADDIE model. As a reminder, ADDIE stands for Analyze, Design, Develop, Implement, and Evaluate. And if the attacks are based on the long timelines typically associated with ADDIE, then they make some valid points. And models such as ADDIE help us do so. ADDIE is the basic backbone of our processes. Evaluate. Think evaluation is on our minds?


What is Agile eLearning?


That’s where agile eLearning can help. Agility is defined as the ability to move quickly and easily. When developing an agile eLearning course, the development process is redesigned to incorporate both of these factors. What is agile eLearning? ADDIE vs Agile eLearning.

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Are You AGILE?

dVinci Interactive

Today, training and development professionals must deliver faster, more flexible customized learning solutions, and ultimately, be more agile instructional designers. For years, instructional designers have been using the ADDIE model to create effective training and job aids to support employee performance. ADDIE is comprised of five phases: Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation. The post Are You AGILE? eLearning AGILE

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On demand: agile e-Learning development #LCBQ

Challenge to Learn

The most used one is the ADDIE model, where development has five phases:Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation and Evaluation. We did e-Learning development through waterfall models for years, but now we have the agile approach.

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Looking Back on 2010 with ADDIE

Integrated Learnings

Though a variety of models guide our instructional design work, I’d argue that ADDIE functions as the basic backbone of the process. Just about every model, trend, and best practice in the field supports one of the phases of ADDIE. So with this in mind, it seems appropriate to take a look at the articles posted to this blog over the past year and organize them according to how they jive with ADDIE. A Formula for Storytelling in eLearning Rapid Development the Agile Way.


Back To Basics: What is ADDIE?

Obsidian Learning

This week we wanted to discuss one of the most common instructional design models, ADDIE. ADDIE is an acronym for a model of instructional design and development. Let’s look at ADDIE in more detail to find out whether it could work for you, your project and your client.


ADDIE vs AGILE: How to set up a fast and effective eLearning production process


The ADDIE model for eLearning. ADDIE has been around since the 1950s. ADDIE is an acronym made up of five words: Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation. Evaluation. Pros of ADDIE. Cons of ADDIE. Pros of AGILE.


Learning Game Design Series, Part 8: Dump ADDIE; Iterate Instead

Knowledge Guru

In contrast to the previous version, we now have CONTENT, which lets us evaluate the playability of the game. Include enough content that playtesters can evaluate the game for its fun factor and its learning value. Learning game design is a VERY iterative process.


Embracing The AGILE Method For Great eLearning Results


Agile learning design isn’t really a new phenomenon. Athletes, savvy entrepreneurs and hard-nosed businesspeople have known for decades that being agile in the face of tough competition is the key to success. What is Agile Learning? Making Agile Work in Organizations.

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A Conversation about New “Agile Courseware” Book

Kapp Notes

I received a notice in my in-box the other day about a new self-published book that discussed the idea of something called Lean-Agile Courseware by Raytheon. Kapp: You’ve just released an eBook called Lean-Agile Courseware, what is the book about?

Top 7 Custom eLearning Articles on our Blog in 2013

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Agile learning design , Experience (Tin Can API) , social learning , and increasing the interactivity of eLearning were all hot topics at the major eLearning conferences this year. The article includes a graphic that shows what the agile learning design process looks like.

If Not ADDIE, Then What with Michael Allen #astdtk13

Learning Visions

ADDIE (Analysis, Design, Develop, Implement, Evaluate) – it just wasn’t good enough for him. He used to teach ADDIE with confidence. Over time, he has evolved ADDIE into Successive Approximation. Extreme programming, Agile, etc. Agile Product Development.


A Conversation with Michael Allen–ADDIE, SAM & the Future of ID

Kapp Notes

He has just released a new book, Leaving Addie for SAM: An Agile Model for Developing the Best Learning Experiences in which he describes what he calls the Successive approximation Model (SAM). Apparently the book has stirred a little controversy around the topic of ADDIE.


Book Review: Leaving ADDIE for SAM


Some of my posts have even criticized existing, popular design models, like ADDIE. So, when I saw Leaving ADDIE for SAM: An Agile Model for Developing the Best Learning Experiences , by Michael Allen and Richard Sites, I knew I had to read it.


Using Agile as a Project Management Methodology in e-learning

Designing Digitally

Agile development process is a method of development that focuses on rapid prototyping and constant evaluation. But now, agile project management methods is advancing into all sectors.


Try a Learnathon: Crowdsourced UX

CLO Magazine

Build multiple and different possible solutions without evaluating their probable success.

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SAM vs ADDIE- Which is better for Learning Design?


Let us compare a commonly accepted; however, less efficient ID model called ADDIE and a more recently developed robust one called SAM or Agile. So what does the ADDIE model stand for? Evaluation. And in the end, evaluation or measurement of success should be done.


Are You Truly Agile?

CLO Magazine

Let go of old learning approaches and embrace the latest in agile software. If I appear to be speaking a foreign language, then the hottest thing in agile software — and now learning content — hasn’t hit your radar yet. Although agile development grew out of failed deployments on the software side — which we’ll outline in a bit — the similarities on the organizational development side are fairly staggering.

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Instructional Design: The Process – Part 2

Origin Learning

The article ended with an introduction to ADDIE framework of learning design. The five phases of ADDIE framework encompass the entire content development process, from discovery to delivery. ADDIE Framework. Evaluation strategies. Additional evaluation content.

Agile instructional design

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

The training film was born, soon to be followed with the ADDIE model. ADDIE (analyze, design, develop, implement & evaluate) made it possible to manage the process of creating useful training programs systematically. Instructional purists still revere the logic of ADDIE. (It’s

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Agile E-learning Development – An Overview

CommLab India

Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation (ADDIE) – an e-learning development framework that had been the mainstay of the online training world for several years. What is agile e-learning development?

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Michael Allen – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators


Learnnovators: You were part of many studies conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of e-learning to change behavior. Since there’s no delay for compilation, authors can make a series of edits and evaluate them instantly. Most of us in the e-learning domain have been following ADDIE – a process that has been at the core of the instructional design discipline for years. How is the community and the industry looking at your call for leaving ADDIE behind?

CPTM Lesson 8 – Develop & Deliver Solutions

AXIOM Learning Solutions

ADDIE. ADDIE stands for Analyze, Design, Develop, Implement and Evaluate. Agile. There are 2 types of Agile models, the SAM and the RCD. AXIOM Updates Blogs ADDIE Agile CPTM curriculum design Develop Learning programOnce you’ve recognized the need for training in your organization, the thought of creating a comprehensive training program that meets all of your business goals can seem overwhelming.

Iterations in Agile Learning Design

Big Dog, Little Dog

This is the seventh in a series of posts on Agile Learning Design: Post 1 - Agile Design: An Ethos for Creating Learning Platforms. Post 2 - Planning in Agile Learning Design. Post 3 - Orientation in Agile Learning Design. Post 4 - Designing Agile Learning. Post 5 - Selection in Agile Learning Design. Post 6 - Agile Learning Design: Tools for Learners.

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An Instructional Design Toolkit

Torrance Learning

Rather than following a mostly linear ADDIE path through a project, we use Agile project management and an iterative approach. Evaluate program & learner success. Many instructional designers are familiar with Kirkpatrick’s Levels of Evaluation and that’s a great start.

No time for design?

Making Change

Did “rapid&# kill ADDIE? Here’s what can happen to the ADDIE approach when we care more about speed than anything else. Evaluation: “Did everyone look at every screen?&#. But ADDIE takes too long! Do we still care about instructional design?


Learning Game Design: a Blog Series by Sharon Boller

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The 5-step process is: Play games; evaluate what works and what doesn’t work in terms of “fun.”. Dump ADDIE. Go agile instead. Learning Game Design Series, Part 1: Play and Evaluate Games. You’re also playing games to evaluate them.

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Instructional Design: The Process – 1

Origin Learning

If we were to attend a workshop on Instructional Design, I would envision it to look something like this: >ADDIE model has been listed again and separately because of its importance in the ID process. Another fundamental approach to ISD is Agile learning design.

Create Learning Activities that Work


Conduct assessments and evaluate results. Conduct and evaluate peer review. This post is just a cursory treatment of the topic – if you’re interested in learning more, Michael Allen recently wrote a book, Leaving ADDIE for SAM, on the subject.

eLearning Glossary Part 2: More Commonly Used Terms

Association eLearning

ADDIE- The ADDIE model is a process used by instructional designers and training developers offering guidelines for creating effective training. This model is broken up into 5 phases: Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation. Check (evaluate results).

Addressing the Gap Between Instructional Design and Project Management


The many different development methodologies – like ADDIE, waterfall, agile, et cetera – mean there is a high likelihood that departments that don’t specifically work together but are dependent on each other could be on a different cycle. What is the ADDIE Model?


Quick Start Guide for Game Based Learning (Free Webinar)

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Play Games; evaluate what you are playing: You read lots of books before you write one. Dump ADDIE and go Agile Instead: A formalized approach to ADDIE is just too rigid. More on the Agile approach to learning design in BLPer Jake Huhn’s recent blog post.

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Cases in custom content development: tentative suggestion 2 - never regard a job as finished

Clive on Learning

Analysis, design, development, implementation and evaluation occur once and once only. Why is a more agile model desirable? cases ADDIESome work has to be right first time. Let's take a feature film for example. With hundreds of people that need to be tightly co-ordinated over a relatively short period, spending millions of dollars in the process, a film shoot has to be prepared with extraordinary precision.