Join Jeff Toister for an in-depth discussion in this video Additional resources and references, part of Instructional Design: Needs Analysis.
This course has covered a lot of ground, but there's still lot more you can learn about needs analysis. Here are a few suggestions to help you apply what you've learned from this course to your own projects. First, you might find it helpful to revisit particular videos as you work on that topic with one of your own projects. Second, you can use the worksheets and templates included with this course to guide your work. For example, you can use the learning plan worksheet to identify your learning goals, and create an action plan to implement what you've learned.
Finally, I have included a reference guide that lists additional resources for you to explore. Includes recommended books and websites that can help you deepen your knowledge and understanding of analyzing training needs. A lot of instructional designers I know get really excited when they design learning activities. To them, it's their chance to have a little fun and get creative. To me, conducting a needs analysis is the really fun part. It's exciting to search for clues about what training participants really need, and then put those clues together to finally solve the puzzle.
It's also important to remember that a creative training design, by itself, won't help employees improve their performance. You need to do an analysis, so the training can be designed to meet their needs. That's where the creativity really happens. The next time you have a chance to conduct a training needs analysis, I hope you find it as much fun as I do
- Setting project objectives
- Identifying the target audience for training
- Selecting data sources
- Facilitating focus groups and interviews
- Designing effective surveys
- Identifying participant needs
- Defining learning outcomes
- Presenting results to project sponsors