Write 3 pages focused on gap analysis and your simulation experience for conducting a training needs analysis that is the basis for an effective training and development program design.
For this assessment, you will use the CapraTek: Training Needs Assessment simulation. Using this simulation, featuring a fictitious technology organization, will require you to make some decisions about which employees to gather data from, and about what data to utilize and interpret in your assessment. The goal of developing this data is to drive employee performance in the direction of the organizational strategy.
Note: The assessments in this course build upon each other to form a training and development program, so you are strongly encouraged to complete them in sequence.
The first and most critical step of designing a training and development program is to conduct a training needs analysis (or assessment) to identify actual training needs. This is often referred to as a gap analysis because the gap is the difference between what the employees currently know and what they need to know.
In developing a training and development program, you often interview subject matter experts (SMEs) to gather data on training needs. This assessment asks you to imagine yourself in the role of a training consultant who will be developing a training program, and the simulation’s design demonstrates how to create strong questions for SMEs and how to use the interviews to obtain key documentation and data about training needs.
In this assessment, you will practice performing a training needs analysis (TNA) by selecting whom to interview and deciding what data to gather in order to identify gaps in trainee knowledge. You will summarize your findings using a TNA format. Include what trainees should know (or be able to do), and then using your findings, identify what they currently know (or can do). The gap will determine the learning objectives on a specific topic that the trainees should meet during the program you design and develop in this course. Using Bloom’s Taxonomy, a model that classifies levels of learning, can help you successfully prepare learning objectives for trainees at the proper level of human cognition: knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, or evaluation.
Complete the CapraTek: Training Needs Assessment simulation activity. This simulation will help you understand how to create strong questions, select appropriate subject matter experts, and gain the understanding of how and where to locate key information related to an organization’s (CapraTek’s) training needs.
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