ADDIE eLearning Checklist Job Aid

About the ADDIE eLearning Checklist

ADDIE stands Analyze, Design, Develop, Implement, and Evaluate. You’ve probably heard the expression, “People don’t plan to fail; they fail to plan.” With this in mind, the eLearning Network™ offers a free ADDIE Checklist Job Aid designed to guide people through each of the ADDIE phases and to succeed!

Note that the ADDIE process is not a strictly linear one. ADDIE is actually best performed in an “agile” fashion. In fact, you probably will work through the various ADDIE phases multiple times, in different orders, and occasionally concurrently throughout the eLearning development life cycle. The purpose of this job aid is not to steer people into an forced step-by-step process. Rather, this document is best used as a jumping off point and checklist of the core items you should consider.

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ADDIE eLearning Step-by-Step


List learning objectives, gather existing content, and fill in any content gaps.

  • Organizational Objectives: Identify and document your organizational objectives: What does your organization need its employees to do (tasks); why and how do they need to do them? How will you measure improvements in these areas upon training completion and application of new knowledge/skill in the field?
  • Learning Objectives: List and document the specific information you need to provide your employees so they can achieve these objectives.
  • Objectives Mapping: Map your organizational objectives to your learning objectives.
  • Training Plan Outline: Sequence learning objectives into courses, Chapters, modules, pages, or some other logical hierarchy (index, table of contents, etc.)
  • Source Content Gathering: Gathering all existing source content (PowerPoint files, intranet Web pages, Word documents, student guides, job aids, CBT, training videos, regulations, etc.)
  • Map Source Content to Training Plan: Arrange your existing content into categories that map to your training plan (tie content to learning objectives).
  • Identify and Fill Content Gaps: Engage subject matter experts to assist in researching and writing content that does not yet exist and that the training plan requires.


Write content including quizzes, lecture narration, activities, and media (visual) ideas.

  • Learning Objectives (Quiz): For each learning objective, create one or more quiz questions that, when answered correctly, indicate learner comprehension.
  • Expository Content (Lecture): Draft the actual training material/narrative that teaches the learner the content.
  • Activities: For each learning objective and/or lecture item, create one or more activities (drag/drop, labeling, sequencing, scenarios, etc.) that reinforce the subject matter and/or test the learners’ ability to apply what they’ve learned.
  • Visual/Graphic Design: Collect any existing charts, graphics, photos, and other visuals that provide a visual representation/support for each learning objective. If none exist, draw rudimentary “cocktail napkin” sketches of visual ideas that will support the content, including, but beyond,  basic bullet points and stock photos.


Create a course using the final approved storyboards as a guide.

  • SME Storyboard: Create as complete and accurate PowerPoint files as possible.
    • Narration: The notes section should contain the narrative exactly as a professional narrator will speak it.
    • Visual Ideas: Include key points such as bullet points. Include any clip art, stock photo ideas, charts, graphs, etc. that you can think of. This content does not have to look great. Graphic artists will come along later and improve upon what’s submitted by subject matter experts.
    • Sign-off: Achieve approver sign-off on storyboard.
    • Developer Storyboard: Add programming/developer notes to SME storyboard to communicate greater instruction to the developer.
    • Media Production: Create media files.
      • Record audio narration
      • Create graphic design layouts for the content
      • Assemble graphics and audio in the eLearning authoring tool
      • Program activities and quizzes
      • Perform internal and external quality control reviews and make necessary edits
      • Achieve stakeholder/approver official sign-off


Publish the course and distribute it to learners (actual or pilot test users).


Collect learner performance and other feedback. Evaluate the overall effectiveness of the training program and edit/revise as needed.

Additional ADDIE Resources

Need help using this document? Contact the eLearning Network!

  • We regularly offer a free and live one-hour online ADDIE Job Aid webinar.
  • We can connect you with an eLearning consultant to answer any specific questions you may have.