Module 1 Needs Assessment of the Student
- Module 1 Needs Assessment of the Student
- Module 2 Goals of the Course
- Module 3 Developing Learning Objectives
- Module 4 Lesson Plans
- Module 5 Online Teaching Plan
- Module 6 Arrange Curriculum for Online Delivery
- 1 Learning Objectives for Needs Assessment
- 1.1 Course: What subject is being taught and what does it require to master it?
- 1.2 Teacher: What do teachers need to know about how the students can master the subject?
- 1.3 Student: What kinds of learner abilities are required?
- 1.4 Who are the students?
- 1.5 What characteristics of students influence lesson activities?
- 1.6 What are the Pre-requisites for the Course?
- 2 Suggested Resources
Learning Objectives for Needs Assessment
Think about inviting a group of people over for dinner. If you were to just decide what to cook for them without making sure that not one of them has an allergy to what you are cooking, or whether one of them is just recovered from illness, then your dinner party will have problems with last minute arrangements and could produce smells or odors that are offensive to the recently ill person or the one with the allergies. This would be highly inconsiderate.
Many courses, training programs, and even public health projects fail because the target audience, the students, or the trainees were not profiled for their actual particular needs. The planning would then be missing the criteria for designing learning objectives in a manner that promotes students control of their learning. As you study this webpage, consider more questions, which you could ask to get a complete understanding of your students in relation to the course they will be taking.
- By the end of this Module, the teacher will be able to:
- List prerequisite education required for student entry into the program
- Identify any other knowledge and skills that the student is expected to have prior to start of the course?
- Determine the information that the student needs about the materials, supplies, and equipment for the course.
- Identify the communication structure of your course and what the student needs to know about it.
Course: What subject is being taught and what does it require to master it?
- Here in reference to Needs Assessment an instructor needs to see the gap between what the courses requires and what the student is capable of learning.
Teacher: What do teachers need to know about how the students can master the subject?
- Different ages, profession, cultures all have an effect on how we learn. So when analyzing the students profiles, it is good to get a clear idea about character, gender, age and as some open-ended questions to get an idea about their individual concerns about starting the course.
Student: What kinds of learner abilities are required?
- Capable of working independently
- Particular physical capabilities
- Certain level of intelligence to analyze information or to philosophize
- Prior knowledge and work experience
- Motivation to communicate and collaborate or join physical activities
- Computer skills
Who are the students?
- Your attempt to get a profile can help you identify learning preferences of your students as you consider the way that they share information with you.
- Step 1: Define: Age, sex, matrimony, parents,
- Step 2: Educational History
- Step 3: Describe the type of work / profession they do?
What characteristics of students influence lesson activities?
- Age can affect technical adeptness: Age 35-50
- Male and Female students Men and women sometimes need different activities or different questions: usually more women than men in these courses
EXAMPLE Student body is often a mix of married, unmarried, divorced, and parents
Some students are doing research, running a clinic, or have a private office
What is the Educational Level of your course? In reference to that, who should be your students?
Average education is often equivalent to Master or Doctorate level depending on actual education and experience. Some students have only a Bachelor’s Degree and work experience
What are the Pre-requisites for the Course?
Step 1. List the Pre-requisites for your course.
Step 2. Describe students who must meet those pre-requisites.
Book: Shambaugh, R., Magliaro, S. Mastering The Possibilities, A Process Approach to Instructional design
A great website video lecture on design of needs assessment can be found at:
This is a brief introduction to David M. Merrill PhD thoughts about instructional design, which gives us much to think about in our fast media-driven world..
- What are the most important characteristics of the course that you want to teach?
- Describe the students for your course.
- What knowledge or skill are required prior to taking your course?
- Why do you want to teach this course?
- What kind of people (students) would you be most comfortable with?