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Unit B.2 Analysing learners


Material for the lesson, part of the Curriculum Design Course, developed by the OSCE Mission in Kosovo


Before you begin to prepare training material there is a need to know who the audience will be. When that is known with a high degree of certainty then the process of designing appropriate course material, which satisfies all the participants training needs can progress.

One method of learner assessment is to design the training based on a profile of a typical participant. However, by preparing training material that only satisfies the needs of a typical participant, there is the likelihood that the needs of a substantial number of participants from sub-groups will not be met.

In order to effectively analyse the learners there is a need to know the answers to the following questions:


  1. Who needs to receive the training?
  2. What are their current levels of related knowledge and skill?
  3. What are their learning styles and preferences?
  4. Do they have special needs or requirements?
  5. Are they motivated to receive the training?

The Aim of this unit is to assist you to distinguish which learner characteristics to assess and how to conduct a learner assessment

By the end of this lesson you will be able to:

List the questions to be answered in order to conduct learner assessment and four methods of collecting data, which will help to answer those questions.

In a hypothetical training related performance problem, conduct a learner/trainee assessment that includes all relevant characteristics.