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Determining the Need for a Learning Environment

Section 3

Determining the Need for a Learning Environment: Getting the lay of the land

LE Design Meter

These are the data points that can indicate that a learning environment solution might be useful. The more strongly your project represents one of these indicators, or the more of these indicators present, the more likely a learning environment should be considered.

~ From Section 3,  Learning Environments by Design

Book Highlights

Learning Environment Indicators

  • Learning topic is a deep knowledge base or complex skill.
  • The knowledge and skill is likely best developed over time through on-the-job experience and practice, even if some baseline training is warranted as well.
  • The knowledge and skill to be learned is more tacit than explicit.
  • The knowledge and skill sets are constantly emerging.
  • The learners’ needs with regard to the knowledge base or skill set are diverse, or the context in which they apply them varies.
  • The learners are self-motivated and capable of self-directing their own learning.

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Determining the need for a learning environment requires strong needs assessment skills. My favorite recommended resources for needs assessment are:

A Guide to Assessing Needs: Essential tools for collecting information, making decisions, and achieving development results. By Ryan Watkins, Maurya WEst Meiers, and Yusra Laila Visser (The World Bank, 2012). Free PDF here. On Amazon here.

Needs Assessment Basics. By Deborah Tobey (ASTD Press, 2005). On Amazon here.