Alphabet Soup in the Digital Age

This post is provided by guest blogger, J. Mike Condreay, graduate student at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, MS in Training and Development program.

As a nuclear power professional, my training career has been rooted in two catchy anagrams:  SAT and ADDIE.  These two concepts are the root stock for the training soup that nuclear power plants serve our students.  As technology evolves and the digital generation enters the workforce it is now important for training chefs to rethink how they use the alphabet soup when creating e-learning. 

Enter ‘master chef’ Michael Chappell.  In the blog post Instructional Design Using the ADDIE Model, Chappell highlights methods to employ the 5 phases of SAT when creating engaging e-learning material.  For those of us hard core, traditional instructor types, you will be happy to note that ADDIE works in the virtual classroom just as well as the brick and mortar classroom.  The ending of this article will be particularly useful to new cooks.  Chappell touches on what to do if the recipe isn’t quite right, and then beautifully ties it all together by reminding the reader that ADDIE is a continuous process, hence the developer should go back to the start when they have reached the end. 

A drawback to Chappell’s article, which is like other articles in this vein, is that the reader must be fluent in SAT and ADDIE process to fully understand the concepts.  Additionally, the article is topical.  There is very little in the way of how to execute each step of the SAT process.  The article defines each phase but doesn’t give the recipe on how to conquer the process.  People with limited knowledge of the SAT or ADDIE processes would benefit from the description, but expert chefs in this area will see this article as going from filet mignon back to salad shooter. 


Chappell, M. (2018, September 26). Instructional design using the ADDIE model. Retrieved from

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