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Learning Context

  1. Needs Assessment
    1. Problem
    2. Innovation
    3. Discrepancy
  2. Learning Environment Analysis
    1. Teachers
    2. Existing curricula
    3. Equipment
    4. Facilities
    5. Organization
    6. Larger system

When analyzing learning context it is important to understand that context refers to more than just the physical aspects of learning, like the location where the learning will be conducted. Learning context also refers to the temporal and social environment that are part of the learning process (Smith & Ragan, 2005). The first step in performing a learning context analysis is to evaluate the need for instruction through a needs assessment. Once the instructional need model is determined then an analysis of the learning environment is conducted.

Needs Assessment

A needs assessment first assesses whether or not new instruction is needed at all. It is generally ill-advised to waste time and money developing new instruction if the instruction in place is already effective, efficient, and engaging. Don't fix what isn't broke. If it is ascertained that an instructional intervention is required the designer will also know what needs assessment model type should be used

Learning Environment

Learning environments will vary, but generally analysis of the learning environment should consists of an analysis of at least the following items: teachers, existing curricula, equipment, facilities, organizations, and any over-arching system in play.