This course centers on concepts, cases, and practices of analyzing needs in organizations. The identification of needs is a starting point for organizational and instructional development activities. The process of conducting needs analysis has a greater impact on performance improvement by attending to the context in the organization.
Various corporations, nonprofits, and government agencies have set out on the path to becoming learning organizations. Students of workplace learning and performance, human resource development (HRD), instructional technology, adult education, and related fields, need to obtain insights into theories and concepts of organizational learning and be prepared to implement such ideas in both for-profit and non-profit organizations. Students who plan to devote their careers to non-school learning contexts should understand how leading organizations have achieved benefit from their learning strategies.