Choose the Class Type

In the ADDIE model, the training specialist chooses the course's delivery method during the instructional design phase. This seemingly simple choice will affect almost every aspect of the design document and the final course content.

The course delivery format should mesh with the learners' needs, the content, and also the client's business goals. Some types of course material can be easily presented through job aids and self-study materials, but other inhouse work best when learners come together as a class under the direct guidance of an expert instructor.

The course delivery method impacts how learners experience the course and its content. If the training specialist chooses the right delivery method, it will make the learning process easier for the learners. However, if the delivery format doesn't fit the content and learner's needs, then the course will have very limited success.

Course Delivery Options

In the corporate training world, there are many different course delivery options for the instructional designer to choose from. Here's a list of some of the choices and links to other pages where we discuss these formats in more depth:

  • Instructor-led inhouse
  • Paper-based self-study materials
  • Synchronous e-learning
  • Asynchronous e-learning
  • Job aids

Ideally, the training specialist selects the class type during the instructional design phase. However, sometimes companies will select the delivery format even before conducting a training needs analysis. When a company pre-selects the delivery format, the training specialist may face a greater instructional design challenge. We'll take a closer look at that situation on our instructional design in the workplace page.