The Army thrives on regimented, standardized processes. Throughout their standardization, they are constantly evaluating different areas to see if the implementation and development of such ideas worked properly or ideally in their current system. Due to the high need for standardization and evaluation, they decided to implement the ADDIE process.
The Army is constantly recruiting, onboarding, and sending off new team members. When you have such a quick turnaround of training, you need a standardized process. With every new class, the army does not have time to think about how it is going to train this class as opposed to the last one. They find a training program that works, improve it in places it needs, then keeps doing it.
If your training is going to be repeated through different classes — think onboarding seasonal classes — you should attempt to standardize your training. When you have a process that all of your new employees complete, you can improve upon that process with every class instead of reinventing the wheel every time you have a group of new hires coming onboard.
Development within the ADDIE process
The most important step of the ADDIE process is the development stage. After the analysis and design stages are complete, it’s time to actually develop the idea into a standardized process. Once the development begins, the process moves into the next stage and closer to nearing completion. Developing the training requires multiple parties’ approvals in the Army.
You might not have several people to review your work, but you should bring in another manager to take a look at your training before sending it out. If you are in the trenches daily, it can be hard to see all of the details that someone who might not have your experience wouldn’t know.
Although evaluation happens throughout the ADDIE process, it’s important to take time at the end and review your steps in the process overall. The Army’s evaluation phase includes instructor feedback to the course developer and even an evaluation plan. It’s important to note that the evaluation stage of the ADDIE process is never-ending. Courses and lessons are constantly reviewed in the Army for effectiveness and efficiency.
You likely don’t have training as regimented as the Army, and you probably don’t need course developing to be that standardized. But, you should have another party who looks over your work to ensure that it makes sense before sending it to all of your learners. Like the Army, you should also spend time evaluating and reviewing your processes. Sometimes it’s easier to come back and review something after sleeping on it.
To read more about the Army’s ADDIE Process, you can download this 129-page document here.
Or, you can get insights from us into a more employee-based ADDIE process.
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