Blended Courses And ADDIE

By Inger Johnson

Ever wonder how you could take your lecture—or part of it—and put it online? Do you want to transform the way you teach face-to-face, add online components, or create a blended course?

Jennifer Garrett, in a Faculty Focus article, Designing Blended Courses the ADDIE Way, provides a solution.

ADDIE “is an acronym that stands for analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation.” (Garrett, 2013)


Analyze your course to make sure it emphasizes the appropriate material for their audience. Does it deliver new ideas? Is the content confusing? Prior course evaluations are a great resource and can be very helpful in analysis.


Create specific learning objectives using active verbs. Decide which venue is more appropriate for teaching those objectives, face-to-face or online, then adjust accordingly.


Complete your development before offering a blended course. It takes time. Plan ahead. Start with the main objectives then add the details. Development is a process.


Consider which semester would be the best time to implement your blended course. Take in to account enrollment, faculty obligations, and the possibility of using the first course offering to evaluate and make changes to the course.


Evaluate your students’ progress and accomplishments. Examine how your online components are being used and whether or not they are effective. Use this information to enhance and improve your course.

Blended courses are not meant to be face-to-face classes delivered in an online format. Blended courses require the instructor to rethink the course objectives and to figure out how those objectives can be effectively delivered in an online format. Using ADDIE is one way to get started. 

For the full Jennifer Garrett article, please see Designing Blended Courses the ADDIE Way.


Garrett, J. (2013, July 26). Designing Blended Courses the ADDIE Way. Faculty Focus. [Article]. Retrieved from


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