This is the second post in my ADDIE series; you can read the first post here and read this post about ADDIE. In this post I will share my lessons learned and best practices related to the Design phase; specially how to write a proposed solution in an Assessment document. There’s a lot to be done in the Design phase, so there will be a few posts for this phase of ADDIE.
What is Design?
It is the second phase in the ADDIE model. The goal of this phase is to create a solution that addresses the performance gap that was identified and agreed to in the Assessment phase.
In this post, I am focusing on writing effective micro copy for e.learning. In my experience, micro copy is not something most e.learning designers actively think about which is surprising (guilty!). Sometimes once the Development phase begins it’s a topic that gets revisited. But even then, it’s pretty quick and minimal.
What’s micro copy?
Micro copy is short bits of sentences or phrases that help instruct, guide, or correct the user. The most frequent uses are related to website design.
I intend to write a separate post for each of the phases of ADDIE. In each post, I will share some of my best practices as well as my lessons learned. I hope you find this series helpful.
I’m beginning the series with Assessment.
What is Assessment?
This is the first phase in the ADDIE model. The purpose of this phase is to understand the problem that the Business is seeing and how best to address it.
The Business is asking you to solve a performance related problem and they believe that training is the solution. Cool, thanks! There can be other solutions (e.g., compensation, operational, etc.) so please think beyond training; you are more likely to see tangible results if you do.
I like ADDIE (generally speaking) and think that it provides a solid framework for most learning projects. I have used ADDIE throughout my career; as a designer, a manager or in adult education courses I have taught. I’d like to share with you a few ADDIE pitfalls and some of my lessons learned.