Steps in Learning Needs Analysis:
Design – Conduct – Analyse
Assess the current situation
- *Define the problem – what gaps exist?
*Determine if there is a need for training/learning
*Determine what is driving this need for training/learning
*Evaluate existing training
*Assess the possible learning solutions
*Ascertain information about logistical considerations/constraints
The following methods, or a combination of these methods, can be used:
- *Focus group – a small group is selected to represent the interests of the larger group and a group interview is then conducted
*Follow-up surveys from previous students
Ensure the culture and context of the respondents is taken into consideration, e.g. questionnaires may not be appropriate for learners with limited literacy levels. It is important to use open ended and descriptive questions that will elicit information. Pilot the questionnaires/ interview forms that have been devised so as to ensure sufficient information is received, as this will allow for revision if necessary.
Gather the information and sort it into categories that help you identify themes/topics that need to be addressed.
What topics/issues can be prioritised?