6 Training Needs Analysis Tips Every Instructional Designer Should Know

| January 21, 2019

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As an Instructional Designer, training needs analysis can be a great way to give you the information you need to create the best training content possible for your internal training needs.Rather than creating general training courses to try and cover a vast number of topics, you can use the data gathered during a training needs analysis to establish the specific content your business needs to close all the knowledge gaps in its team.When it comes time to start designing a new training course for internal training purposes, it’s important to take some time and sit down with your management team to ensure you are all on the same page.Once a training needs analysis has been conducted, management will have a very clear idea of the skills they expect their team members to have, and the skills which are currently missing due to knowledge gaps. Your job is to create training which will fill in these knowledge gaps and ensure all the staff members are brought up to the same expected level.Taking a little time to plan at the beginning will ensure that you know exactly which skills they want you to target in the training content, and which skills need to be prioritized over others. This can also help you understand which skills connect together, and therefore would work well being covered at the same time during a training module.

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