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.
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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