SAM: The rapid fire model of instructional design

The Successive Approximation Model (SAM) of instructional design is the brainchild of entrepreneur, Michael Allen. It is characterised by its fluid nature and ease with which instructional designers can pivot their courses and delivery.


Not all instructional designers enjoy this non-linear approach, favouring instead the hierarchical nature of ADDIE. With SAM, the multiple steps of instructional design occur concurrently and quickly.