- Describe the learning scenario with comprehensive detail. Be sure to identify the current state (“as is”) and the desired future state (“to be”). Use fictitious names of individuals and organizations, even if the scenario is not based on actual events. Developing your own learning scenario is how you get to tailor the assignment to your interests and experiences. This approach is often referred to as a learner-centered design.
- Analyze the learning need in the scenario. Start by describing the learning need and how you know it is a learning need.
- Justify which model (problem, innovation, discrepancy) you think would be most appropriate in conducting the needs assessment.
- Discuss any ethical, legal, or political factors that might influence the identification or analysis of the learning need or needs assessment model. For example, would the organization be liable to pay penalties if your analysis revealed than mandated safety training had not occurred and was necessary? What if executives put pressure on you to overlook certain findings in favor of their own perspectives?Choosing a Database for Your Organizationhttp://databases.about.com/od/administration/a/choosing_a_db.htm
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Based on the reading, comment on the relative benefits and limitations of using the database capabilities of spreadsheets, desktop-based database management systems, and server-based database management systems. (Note: The SLP for Module 1 should provide you with an introduction to some of the more advanced database functions in Excel if you are not already familiar with them.) In addition, discuss the databases that you use or are used in your workplace. Are these spreadsheets, desktop-based database management systems, or server-based database management systems? Do you think that these are the appropriate form for storing and accessing your organization’s data?