The Importance of Needs Analysis in E-Learning Development

Think of any training project you have been involved in. Now, ask yourself, was it successful? Better yet, do you know what success for that particular training project should look like?

If you answered no to either of those questions, or you answered yes by looking at how many people participated or received a passing grade, then you should take a closer look at needs analysis.

Learning takes many different forms. The one most of us are familiar with is the passing on, or creation of, knowledge. This is the basis for traditional academic learning. However, most training, or at least successful training, isn’t simply academic in nature. We train because we are looking to do more than affect cognitive abilities. We train because we also want to affect behavior. This means that just measuring participation or passing won’t tell us if we were successful. Instead, we need to measure behavior, but not just any behavior. We need to make sure we are training to, and taking measurements of, the right behavior. This is where Needs Analysis helps out.

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