Week 5 674 Reflection

Week 5 Reflection 674

This week our essential questions was “How do instructional design stages help us understand online teaching?” To me, Instructional Design is like the backbone of the whole process. Gordon (2016) said, ““Instructional Design focuses on what the instruction should be like, including look, feel, organization and functionality.” One of the most popular models for Instructional design is ADDIE.

The acronym’s letters stand for the following:


In this phase, the designer figures out The Who, What, Where, When, Why and By Whom of the process


Next a blueprint is laid out for the structure of the course


This is the creation phase where the blueprint is applied in design


Deliver the instruction


Assess how well the design worked. This should be done not just at the end of the process, but after each ADDIE phase (Gordon, 2016).

A team that follows ADDIE will create an effective online training.

In responding to others’ blogs, Sara provided a great graph. I really like the

tips she shared. These stood out for me among the ones she mentioned:

  • Ask yourself why students need to learn what you are teaching them (Block 2015)
  • Include pictures and other graphics when appropriate (Moore & Kearsley 2011)
  • Use blank space (Moore & Kearsley 2011)
  • Use bulleted lists  (Moore & Kearsley 2011)

I thought these specific ideas added a lot to the more general guidelines provided in the readings.

Teresa said, “A team based approach is having a commitment, common goal, cohesive team culture, strong support from leadership, keeping deadlines, good communication, and a good project management tool leads to more successful implementation of an online course.” My thought was, is this more key to success than ADDIE? Or is it suggesting the ADDIE stages will lead to more success when the design team possesses these qualities?

Amy’s post was very well organized! It was easy to follow the steps and what they mean. I also like how she gave examples in each stage.

Genevieve wrote about how Sun Prairie Area School District has listed several ways “they have moved away from the old school, and into the new: streaming videos online, recording lectures and notes on the Interactive whiteboard and posting on the classroom website, searching online resources or reading online books, and instead of printing hard copies, email the documents, or post to the classroom website.” My question would be what type of school is this? Where is this school located? What is the minority rate in this school? How many students have access to the Internet? I think it is a great idea but I wonder about those kids whose families can’t afford Internet or live where it is slow and hard to work with. That is why, if I do anything with the Internet with projects, I make sure that I give students time in class in case they don’t have Internet.

Cherie provide a table from http://raleighway.com/addie/ that breaks down each part of ADDIE . It is easy to understand and makes the steps clearer. The other good model she found was at http://educationaltechnology.net/the-addie-model-instructional-design/ . I agree with her in that the ADDIE process is constantly in revision. The graphs were great and helpful to me, since I am a visual learner. It has been a great week interacting with others and seeing what they had to say and share. I took away some great ideas and websites from this week’s readings and posts.


Gordon, A. (2016). Instructional Design Roles and Responsibilities. Retrieved October 02, 2016, from http://instructionaldesign.gordoncomputer.com/IDRoles.html


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