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Assessing Learning Needs

Ensure your learning efforts are aligned to your organization’s and stakeholders’ needs.

Assessing learning needs is all about identifying the goals and purposes for learning and ensuring they support both the organization and the individual. This course teaches you to focus on assessing learning needs at three levels—the organization, the job or task, and the individual.

New from ATD! Self-paced, on-demand courses covering a wide range of topics and employing a variety of interactive learning techniques, including animations, case studies and branching scenarios, expert videos, downloadable tools and templates, an Ask the Expert feature, and relevant ATD articles and blogs. Enroll today and start your program immediately!

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12 months online access

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Program Overview

Program Overview

In this course, learn the importance of purposefully identifying goals for learning before developing a learning experience. Also, discover the common tools used for assessing learning needs and the appropriate uses for those tools. View examples of the considerations necessary when assessing learning needs and have the opportunity to make your own decisions about these considerations and reflect on your learning experience.

Why You Should Attend:

  • Learn why it is important to assess learning needs before developing content.
  • Gain an understanding of different tools for assessing learning needs and when each is appropriate.
  • Learn from well-respected adult learning practitioners.

Introduction: Watch this video to learn more about the content covered in this course.

What to Expect:

This On Demand e-learning course is available online immediately after purchase. Within the course you will have the opportunity to view video and animations, interact with content, and reflect on your learning. You will have access to this On Demand e-learning course for 12 months from your date of registration.

Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

After this program, you will be able to:

  • Identify the goals and purpose for a particular learning solution.
  • Select approaches to assess learning needs for the organization, the task or job, and the individual.
  • Recognize assessment items that uncover learning needs.
  • Outline methods for learning about the individual needs of your audience, and connect those to the design of an effective learning experience.
  • Apply tools and templates to assess learning needs.


Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend

New learning professionals or others who are not familiar with the necessity of assessing learning needs or the tools available for assessment. This could include instructional designers or trainers, but also managers responsible for individuals’ learning or subject matter experts who have been asked to help others learn. 

Anyone responsible for creating, supporting, or leading learning experiences for an adult audience will benefit from the foundational concepts in this program. This may include trainers, facilitators, instructional designers, academic educators, community educators, consultants, coaches, and beyond. This program is also applicable if you are not a full-time learning professional but a practitioner or manager who is responsible for developing team members or transferring your knowledge through learning opportunities.
Credits & Attendance

Credits & Attendance

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Earn 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon successfully completing this program. Learn More

Attendance Policy

Full completion of the program within the one-year access period is mandatory in order to receive 0.1 CEUs. Participants who complete all aspects of the program will see their completion status reflected on their transcript in the ATD Learning Portal.

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