The ADDIE Model is the structure in which curriculum is designed.
- A- Analysis is the step where data is gathered for use during curriculum creation
- D- Design is when the objectives, course content, and design plan are created.
- D- Development is the stage where pilot testing is completed followed by materials production.
- I- Implementation is when content is delivered to the student.
- E- Evaluation gauges how students are progress toward meeting the goals and objectives of the curriculum. Evaluation should happen throughout the ADDIE Model, not just at the conclusion of the curriculum development process.
Using an instructional system when creating curriculum helps the designer organize and develop a well-structured product. Following the ADDIE Model or other similar instructional systems assists the designer in writing objectives, gathering data, and evaluating throughout the project designing process. One of the greatest advantages for using instruction systems when designing curriculum is that is creates an organization but can be adapted and adjusted in a way that is unique and worked best for the designer.
The big disadvantage I identified in using instructional systems is that it can be a time consuming process. However, any well-designed curriculum program is going to take time and effort.