Mindmapping the Needs Assessment

Experimenting with a more visual way to organize the relationship between needs assessment, learner analysis, context analysis, and task analysis, I organized the relationship into this concept map– which is better viewed on mindomo.

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First, the mindmap process. I started with bubble.us but it wasn’t behaving as I wanted. I switched to mindmeister, which was fine but kept prompting me to get a pro account and I wasn’t quickly figuring out how to do what I wanted. I ended up with mindomo. I first¬†experimented with their more hierarchical graph format– what they call an organigram. It felt too rigid as the image grew, blankc concept map. Sketching it out on paper in advance a few different ways was a more helpful process than trying to reflect on the relationship between the concepts, while also thinking about how the tool worked.
As for the graph itself, maybe I am missing something, but amongst the major ID authors (Dick & Carey; Morrison, Ross, Kemp), there is a mention of needs assessment without a clear depiction of its relationship to the learner, context, and task analysis, which are broken down in a lot of detail. The reason for a thorough analysis of learner, context, and task is to throughly define the training in a way that meets the needs of the audience and organization in a manner that directly impacts performance. Easy enough, right?
Of course, it is an easy thing to say, and a hard thing to do. I laid the methods to the side as all variety of research methods can be employed for these various analyses. I’m not sure I like the term “components” — and open to suggestions of how to better categorize them. The other thing is that a task analysis is an entirely different animal than learner/context analysis. The methods employed are dependent on the instructional problem and maybe even on the results of the learner and context analysis. ¬†Thoughts for a future iteration…
Thoughts or comments on this depiction of the relationship of these analyses?

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