Developing a course, and associated materials, to support professional development can often be a costly enterprise. Designers and developers need to consider curriculum design, materials development, quality assurance, platform customisation and evaluation. Following this process step by step is often protracted and costly. The ADDIE model of instructional design, a popular and often cited ideal approach to creating courseware, suggests that analysis of needs, courseware design and development, implementation and course evaluation is required by any entity bent on creating effective courses. In contrast to this mindset, however, there is evidence that a collaborative-shared approach to instructional design challenges the ADDIE model’s assumption that each step needs to be done in-house. Since 2011, several Teacher ICT Integration professional development initiatives around the globe have demonstrated that burdens in both design and development phases can be shared, shortening the time required to design courses and develop the accompanying resources. This approach also is more cost effective than typical ventures.
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