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Essentials of Learning Design Methodologies: ADDIE, SAM, Agile, and More

Apply innovative instructional design methods.

Understand methods for motivating the adult learner and for accommodating different learning styles.

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Credits: CEU 0.45 MORE
Level: Foundational
Role(s): Instructional Designer
Language(s): English


Course Info

Learn to apply the best of Agile, SAM, and ADDIE to improve the speed and quality of your learning and development projects. These methodologies assist you in figuring out the task details, while project management helps you schedule the work over time.

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Learn to apply the best of Agile, SAM, and ADDIE to improve the speed and quality of your learning and development projects. These methodologies assist you in figuring out the task details, while project management helps you schedule the work over time.

The best methodology depends on your specific need, organizational culture, and project constraints. No matter which you choose, it won’t be everything you need. In this course, you’ll learn how to differentiate and combine different methodologies with realistic project management to meet the needs of your learners. Read Less

What You Will Learn
  • Apply reusable templates for project management and development tasks.
  • Create a development strategy leveraging the best of Agile and ADDIE, as well as techniques such as SAM, to meet the behavioral change needs of specific customers.
  • Leverage the combined development strategy to more effectively influence key project stakeholders and manage their expectations.
  • Challenge and evolve current toolkits for success despite time constraints, inadequate budget, and undefined quality metrics.
  • Learn to use project charters and other provided planning documents, tailored by methodology.
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The Essentials Series

ATD’s Essentials Series Annual Pass offers a flexible and affordable way to increase your performance via interactive, online learning taught by the industry’s leading subject matter experts.

Topic 1 - What is a Methodology and Why Do I Need One?
Topic 2 - Compare/Contrast ADDIE, SAM, and Agile
Topic 3 - Design Principles Drive Methodology Choice
Topic 4 - Start Well, End Well: Project Charter Predicts Methodology
Topic 5 - Innovation Requires Iteration
Topic 6 - Realistic Project Schedules from Methodology Choices
Topic 7 - Team, Culture, and Collaboration
Who Should Attend

This program is for professionals who have some experience developing courses for live or e-learning delivery. Experience with methodologies is not required as a prerequisite, but prior experience managing L&D projects is useful.

ATD Education programs are designed primarily for learning professionals—trainers, instructional designers, and organization development practitioners—but also greatly benefit anyone within an organization who is responsible for developing others, from managers to human resources specialists.

Level: Foundational
Roles: Instructional Designer
Language: English
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Dates & Locations
  • May 01-08, 2020
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Essentials Workshops
Participation in all online sessions at their currently scheduled day and time is mandatory to receive completion for the program and any applicable credits. Please note that viewing a recording will not fulfill the attendance requirement. Participants who fulfill all program requirements will see their completion status reflected on their transcript in the ATD Learning Portal and will receive an email verifying their completion of the program.

ATD requires active participation through the program to receive credit for the class. Active participation includes, but is not limited to, participating in virtual classroom activities, discussions, breakout sessions, and intersession work. Please note that using a tablet or mobile device severely limits your ability to fully and actively participate.

All sessions will be recorded and available in the Learning Portal for participants to review throughout the program for your review.


4.5 Learning Hours

0.45 CEUs awarded

Up to 4.5 APTD Recertification Points through the ATD Certification Institute.

Up to 4.5 CPLP Recertification Points through the ATD Certification Institute.


A laptop computer with Wi-Fi capability is required for both face-to-face and online programs. Please do not bring mobile devices (phones, tablets, etc.) in lieu of a laptop. There will be no computers available on-site for participants. Note: You might not have an optimal experience if you are using Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge to access your courses. Chrome is the recommended browser.


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