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  • Writer's pictureStarla Sharpe

Putting Things into Action: The Fun of the Implementation Phase in ADDIE

Welcome to another one of my insightful blog posts! Today, we dive into the Implementation phase of the ADDIE model, a cornerstone of effective instructional design. In this phase, we bring to life everything we worked towards creating in the previous three phases. As we explore this phase, we continue to draw inspiration from Chuck Hodell's enlightening book, "ISD from the Ground Up" where we explore the practical steps to turn ideas into reality. The Implementation phase is the point where all the planning, analysis, design, and development come to life. It is a dynamic stage where plans become actions, learning experiences take shape, and the information gathered is transferred to learners.

To set the stage for success, effective communication, and collaboration are paramount. By engaging with stakeholders, subject matter experts, and trainers, we ensure alignment and create a shared understanding of the desired trainings. It’s important to incorporate all the valuable insights and expertise of every party involved to enhance the implementation strategy.

It is during this phase that instructional designers, trainers, and facilitators must orchestrate a seamless delivery of content, the learning environment, activities, and assessments. By following the well-structured plan developed in earlier phases, we can ensure that the learning experience is both engaging and effective.

As shared in an article, creating an environment that supports learning is key during the Implementation phase. Providing clear instructions, resources, and guidance empowers learners to actively participate and achieve their full potential. Hodell encourages us to leverage various instructional strategies, such as interactive activities, multimedia elements, and real-world simulations, to maximize learner engagement and promote the practical application of knowledge.

Throughout the implementation phase, constant monitoring and evaluation are vital. Hodell's wisdom reminds us to continuously collect feedback, measure learner performance, and make necessary adjustments. This iterative process allows us to identify areas for improvement and make data-driven decisions to enhance the learning experience. Putting our plans into action requires adaptability and a keen eye for detail. Hodell emphasizes the need to consider an organization's culture, available resources, and constraints to ensure a seamless implementation process. By carefully considering these factors, instructional designers can navigate potential challenges and create tailored solutions that fit the specific context.

Remember, the implementation phase is not the end; it is an opportunity for action, and ongoing growth and improvement. We should always embrace a continuous learning mindset. By gathering insights from learners and stakeholders, we can refine our strategies and iterate on our instructional design to achieve an even greater impact. In my opinion, the implementation phase is the catalyst for turning your instructional design aspirations into reality. In this blog, guided by Hodell’s expertise, we have uncovered the importance of effective communication, collaboration, and adaptability in this transformative Implementation stage. By putting these insights into action, instructional designers can unleash the full potential of the ADDIE model and create extraordinary learnings.

Join me next time for my final ADDIE blog post as we explore the last element of the ADDIE model, the power of evaluation and continuous improvement – did it work and was it effective? Stay tuned!


Hodell, C. (2015). ISD from the ground up, 4th edition. Google Books.

Treser, M. (2021, May 12). Getting to know ADDIE: Part 4 - implementation. eLearning Industry.

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