Thursday, April 17, 2014

May: Where's the Gap? Conducting a Blended Learning Needs Assessment (InSync)

May 13, 2014

10:00-11:00 AM (PST)
If you have been designing training for any length of time, you have probably conducted a needs assessment.  Wikipedia defines a needs assessment as: “…a systematic process for determining and addressing needs, or ‘gaps’ between current conditions and desired conditions or ‘wants’.”

As your organization starts to implement blended learning, conducting a thorough needs assessment becomes perhaps even more important than ever before. Blended learning requires investments in technology and training for your development and facilitation teams. Mistakes can be expensive, and may not be uncovered until after your program has been piloted.

Because of these costs, organizations can’t rely on proven assumptions about participants, training environments, or content.  It’s best to begin all of your analysis from scratch to make sure you get it right the first time.

During this session we will provide:

    Provide a quick refresher on the needs analysis process.
    Provide guidance on adapting the needs analysis process for blended learning, including:

• Technology analysis, with a focus on development tools and participant learning environments.
• Organizational analysis, with a focus on change management and identifying champions.
• Content analysis, with a focus on identifying what content can be delivered in a blended format to
  achieve the best impact with minimal risk.
• Course specific needs analysis to apply the bigger picture to a specific program.

Once you finalize your needs assessment, you'll be better prepared to move forward with designing your program.

Questionnaires and other tools will be provided to assist you in conducting these analyses.