Throughout the reading within this program, I have seen a pattern of design model framework acting as a blueprint to bridge the models from theoretical concepts to real-world applications.
Among these models, the ADDIE framework is the most popular as a structured instructional design approach. As mentioned in Instructional Design Models by Tonia A. Dousay, “The ADDIE paradigm is fundamental to most models, with appropriate evaluation of each step implied. [Jon Anderle, University of Wyoming]”
It navigates Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation—a comprehensive pathway to ensure effective learning programs. Each phase, from identifying the needs to evaluating outcomes, contributes to well-designed, adaptable learning solutions.
Diversity defines design models. From Design Thinking to the precision of the Waterfall model, each offers unique viewpoints and methods. Choosing the suitable model is akin to picking the perfect tool, so one must understand its complexities before application.
Selecting a model goes beyond apparent application and is about aligning strengths with project needs. Agile methods excel in adaptability, while the Waterfall model ensures control and predictability; the crux lies in understanding the underlying principles.
Using a combination of diverse theories and practices approach is an excellent way to ensure the models you are using will be successful when moving from theoretical to real-world
No single model is an answer; adaptability and innovation define success.
I look forward to understanding more in our reading about the fields of instructional design (ID) and learning design (LD) and the models and hopefully get a better understanding of what I personally find the best model for my way of taking a theoretical concept and creating it into a real-world application. Is there a pattern that works for me? Do I pick and choose for every theoretical concept I face?
It is a journey of discovery toward finding the perfect match for design models.
Dousay, T. A. (2018). Instructional Design Models. In edtechbooks.org. EdTech Books. https://edtechbooks.org/lidtfoundations/instructional_design_models
Lina Heaster-Ekholm, K. (2020). Popular instructional design models: Their theoretical roots and cultural considerations. International Journal of Education and Development Using Information and Communication Technology (IJEDICT), 16(3), 50–65. https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ1275582.pdf
Parchoma, G., Koole, M., Morrison, D., Nelson, D., & Dreaver-Charles, K. (2019). Designing for learning in the Yellow House: a comparison of instructional and learning design origins and practices. Higher Education Research & Development, 39(5), 997–1012. https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2019.1704693