Systematic program planning is a generic term that refers to the process of creating or revising educational programs, workshops, or courses. It uses the interrelated components of analysis, design, development, implementation, assessment, and evaluation.

Instructional systems design is an application of that process for designing and producing high-quality lessons, courses, programs and curricula.

The ADDIE Model, one example of instructional systems design, has been successfully used to develop renewable energy courses.

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A key idea when using a systematic program planning process is to determine what students need to know on the job (the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and tasks) before planning how the instruction will be implemented. Such knowledge of what students need to learn and what prerequisites they have paves the way for deciding what and how the instruction will be presented.


This document is part of the Solar Energy Education and Training Best Practices document series. All Best Practices documents can be accessed online at Other resources available online are referenced throughout this document with web-addresses and hyperlinks. There are no text-only resources for this document.


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