Our Course Design Approach

At OLS, we implement the ADDIE model of instructional design, which is a basic model that can be applied to any kind of learning solution. ADDIE is an acronym for the process phase namely Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation and Evaluation.

We implement the ADDIE model due to its emphasis on analysis. Before engineering a learning solution, we analyse the problem thoroughly to ensure that the solution impacts performance in a positive manner.

The Phases:

The purpose of the analysis phase is for OLS to gain insight to the scope of the project. To accomplish this, OLS will determine the parameters of the learning programme and how well the learners are to perform to be considered successful.
We gather all the necessary information, OLS will by means of a synchronised approach involve your technical staff, subject matter experts (SME’s) and learning facilitators to ensure an optimal learning approach.

When the analysis phase has been completed, OLS will provide a working document that presents detailed information regarding the analysis results. This document needs to be revised until such time that you are satisfied that it reflects your current needs.
When the document is accepted, you will be requested to sign off the document as being an accurate scope of work.
This accepted document would form the baseline of the activities that are to follow.

The Design Phase involves the complete design of the learning solution. It will address the training methodology, whether training will be administered online, detailed storyboards illustrating the learning programme content. One or more prototypes will be developed to indicate the look and feel, interactivity and structure of the learning solution. Creating such a prototype will form the basis for all responses. This will represent the blue print on which the rest of the programme will be structured. There is an acceptance phase coupled to the design activity.
During this phase, the following points are taken into account:

  • The most appropriate media is selected by examining the kinds of skills required to achieve your goal.
  • The learning objectives are written and the modules are designed with its corresponding lessons.
  • Course content is designed specifically for use with an interactive, electronic medium in the case of online learning.
  • Determine the appropriate interactions. They should be creative, innovative, and encourage learners to explore further.
  • Plan activities that allow for student group work to help construct a supportive social environment.
The Development Phase concerns the actual production of the design specifications. It includes all development for all media necessary to make the whole programme function. This phase sees the creation of workbooks, facilitator guides, job aids, storyboards, graphics and programming involved in the development.
The Pilot Phase is implemented once the development is accepted and signed off. This activity identifies any shortcomings in the composition of the learning solution and thus provides a window of opportunity to rectify issues that can negatively impact the desired outcome. Final client sign off acknowledges that all aspect of the programme are accepted.
This is the phase where the developed learning solution is actually administered to the target audience. The delivery environment should be prepared for implementation of the solution.
This is the phase which decides whether the course is effective and satisfies the programme objectives. Inherent in the design and development process is continuous evaluation. This involves all stakeholders in the project (specifically the learners) and ensures that the learning programme final product is of the highest standard.