Monday, June 15, 2015

Compare and Contrasting of ADDIE and Understanding By Design

As educators we are constantly using Instructional Design Models to improve our instruction.  After completing a great deal of research on several Instructional Design Models, I have determined the importance of comparing different designs.  In the following blog post I have compared the similarities and differences between the ADDIE Model and the Understanding by Design model. 




The Addie Model consists of five different phases which include; analysis, design, development, implementation and evaluation.  In order to become more familiar with each phase of the ADDIE model please visit the following link.     ADDIE- check it out!                




The Understanding by Design model consists of only three stages which include desired results, acceptable means and learning plan.  To learn more about the Understanding by Design model please visit the following link.
  Understanding By Design- check it out!      

There are several similarities between the Addie Model and the Understanding by Design model.  Both of the models provide educators with step-by-step approaches to follow.  The two instructional designs allow educators to analyze and determine students’ needs and abilities throughout the teaching process. Not only do both of these designs allow educators to analyze student performance and success, but themselves as well.  A good teacher reflects on their own teaching and makes adjustments to their instruction based upon their findings.  One of the biggest areas of similarity between these two models is the fact that other stake holders can play an important role in the implementation process. 

In reviewing the two models, there were also several differences between the ADDIE model and the Understanding by Design Model.  The ADDIE model is more focused while the Understanding by Design Model is broader.  For example, the ADDIE model might be focused on one particular lesson while the UBD would focus on an entire unit.  To see an example of a Understanding by Design Model and the focus on an entire unit please click on the following link:   Example   

The thing that jumps out at me the most in comparing these two models is the fact that the Understanding by Design Model is working backwards from what we are accustomed to doing.  The UBD Model begins with desired results while the ADDIE model begins with analyzing. 
The ADDIE Model and the Understanding by Design Model are both very beneficial to the educational world.  Take a look at the two models and determine which would work best in your educational setting and/or try them both out to see which is more beneficial to you and your students! 

1 comment:

  1. You've provided a great perspective on the similarities, differences, strengths, and limitations of UbD and ADDIE. It's interesting that you noted the inclusion of different stakeholders' perspectives in the design process for each model. Where do you see stakeholder input occurring within each model?

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