Friday, July 29, 2016

The Development Stage of ADDIE

While developing a professional development session for teachers, I believe the development stage of ADDIE maybe the most important for a successful training. In order to create the course materials, schedules and training guides, instructor must have a clear vision of the objectives and where she or he wants to take the trainees. Print materials usually play a vital role in the training. Piskurich (2015) says “trainees will pay attention not to what the trainer says, but to the print overheads” (p. 236). As a result, much time and preparation should go to selecting aides which will support the learning.
As a tech coach, I often try to identify and use new tools in my trainings the teachers can see and take back to their classroom to use. I try to identify tools with an easy-to-use interface that teachers of all learning levels can use. One such tool, Gliffy, might be useful to use extensively in a training. Gliffy is a web-based tool which creates mind maps quickly and easily. Malamed (2010) says “Mind maps are a fluid way to visualize ideas through a diagrammatic structure. They graphically depict the connections between related concepts and ideas.” (N.p.)  I believe I could use this tool to aide in the development of a professional development. As a designer I can use the concept mapping to identify main points I want to address and also the subtopics of a particular subject. While developing PD, I often find it helpful to use paper and pencil to quickly sketch out the concepts; however, by moving to Gliffy, I would be able to efficiently produce the mindmaps digitally and share them with team members and co-presenters.

Gliffy could also be used to create materials for slideshows during professional development sessions. I often ask teachers to consider new innovations. We could use Gliffy to map questions and concepts as we brainstorm as a team. Because it is web based, the graphics can be easily referred to later and developed further. By modeling the new tool, the teachers would then have an idea of how they could use the tool in their classroom. Our elementary students have Chromebooks, and I can easily see Gliffy being a great tool for the students to use when they are planning a group project or planning out a fiction story in writer’s workshop.
Gliffy Online Introduction:


Gliffy Diagram Software Company (2013). Welcome to Gliffy Online. (2016). YouTube. Retrieved 29 July 2016, from

Malamed, C. (2010). Designing With Mind Maps. Retrieved 29 July 2016, from

Piskurich, G. (2015). Rapid instructional design: Learning ID fast and right. New Jersey: Wiley.


  1. I really like the use of Giffy. I had never heard of it but think it would be great for use in professional developments. I also agree that many trainings I have been in if there are visual aids or power points I tend to look at that and zone out when it comes to the speaker. Piskurich mentioned the jmportance of making things as easy as possible for the trainee and I think this would make information delivered in a quick and easy way.
    -Melissa wallis

  2. Sara,
    I am really glad you shared Gliffy with us. I really s during the training. Furthermore, the collaborative process encourages digital communication. Piskurich (2015) argued that communication is important during trainings to allow participants to process the information.

    Piskurich, G. M. (2015). Rapid instructional design: Learning ID fast and right. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

  3. Sara,Thanks for sharing Gliffy! Objectives are so important and Piskurich has made them a focus piece for his book. Along with student centered, differentiated based training, he also includes the importance of objective. For those of us who teach, objectives cannot be overlooked as this will lead to haphazard lessons that do not serve our child will and allow for overlooked skills during the lesson. Objectives not only allow us to target our instructional goals, they also provide us a means for the measurement of mastery towards those goals. Again, I find it interesting how Piskurich emphasizes the important of objectives for adult training purposes and designs lesson around those objectives. Sort of a backwards planning method that works beautifully in the educational realm. I appreciate you sharing.