Preparing Instructional Designers to Scale Needs Assessment

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This chapter emphasizes the importance of needs assessment in instructional design practice. It differentiates between needs assessment and needs analysis while providing strategies that can be employed by instructional designers to scale needs assessments to address project constraints and time limitations in real-world settings. Strategies for how needs assessment learning experiences can be integrated into instructional design coursework are provided as well as recommendations for the role instructors can serve while facilitating these types of activities.