Course Analysis


A successful learning needs analysis is the foundation of a successful project! This course analysis template will help you effectively conduct a thorough needs analysis to determine everything you need to know to create a fit-for-purpose learning intervention.

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Course Analysis

What is course analysis?

A thorough course analysis is fundamental to the success of any e-learning project. Use our 13-page course analysis template to get it right! During the analysis phase of ADDIE, the instructional designer researches the institution’s objectives with the learning intervention, as well as the characteristics of the learners and the context in which learning will take place. This template will guide you through the process of asking the right questions, to ensure that you have all the information you need to create a course design that is fit for purpose.

To use a simple example: in order to start developing content, you need to know which content formats are compatible with the learner’s device, and which browsers they may or may not have access to in their context. There are a wide range of variables such as this that you need to take into account when you design and develop e-learning courses. A thorough analysis phase will help you avoid mistakes that are expensive and time-consuming to reverse.


The template document includes the following sections, within which a range of questions has been formulated to assist the instructional designer with researching the topic:

  • Objectives and the business case
  • Stakeholders involved in the project
  • Learner demographics
  • Learner groups
  • Learners’ behaviours and attitudes
  • Learners’ prior knowledge and skill
  • The learning environment
  • Content prerequisites and corequisites
  • Accreditation and certification requirements
  • Assessment
  • Hosting, data and reporting requirements
  • Learner support, admin access and enrolment
  • Course communication and notifications
  • Timelines and milestones

The instructional designer can use these questions to conduct research through stakeholder interviews, data analysis, job shadowing, surveys and learner observation. Although no list of questions is ever exhaustive (you will often need to ask follow-up questions to get closer to the context-specific answers), this template is a very thorough approach to the analysis phase that will assist both new and established instructional designers with becoming e-learning consultants in their own right.