A) Design
When designing the learning needs analysis, the aim is to:
• 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
B) Conduct
The following methods, or a combination of these methods, can be used:
• Interviews
• Focus group – a small group is selected to represent the interests of the larger group and a group interview is then conducted
• Questionnaires
• Follow-up surveys from previous students
• Observation
• Action Research
C) Analyse
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?
• Which, if any, elements are common to all responses?
• Are there any inconsistencies in the responses?
• Are there any numerical values of relevance?
• Is there a fit between the trends emerging and the capabilities of the learning provider?
D) Suggestions for Reflection
• What factors does the education provider need to consider when planning a course?
• How do you involve learners before you launch your programme?
• How do you analyse your learner’s needs?
• How might you consider involving your learners in future?