Artifact: Needs Analysis
Assessment to study and collect data
An indication of what the artifact is:
A former classmate and I partnered in a graduate course to design an Instructional Module Unit for Decoding the Nutritional Label. We conducted a needs analysis assessment to study and collect data to better understand the needs of the target audience, which comprised undergraduate and graduate students. Specifically, we wanted to learn more about the target audience’s knowledge, attitudes, skills, and habits (KASH).
An indication of how the artifact was used
We used a needs analysis to gather information about the audience and design an instructional module, as a tool to help students make healthy food choices and understand the basic components of a nutritional label.
An indication of the group of individuals who were influenced in using the artifact
During the process of conducting the needs analysis, we conducted a survey to collect information on students’ current KASH as they relate to nutrition labels. We surveyed each of the KASH categories to gain an understanding of students’ current and desired understanding. The student participants who completed the survey were surprised at some of the things they learned from the survey.
The results of the survey showed that 53% of participants could not correctly define a calorie, 63% of participants could not correctly define cholesterol, and 7% of participants could not correctly define carbohydrates. In addition, 82.2% of participants could not correctly identify the size of 1.2 ounces based on a hand measurement, 42% could not correctly identify 1 cup, 78% could not correctly identify 1 teaspoon, and 59% could not correctly identify 3 ounces. The final data analysis revealed a gap in student knowledge and proved that the results of the needs analysis would greatly influence their use of the development of a nutritional module tool.
Information about when and/or how often the artifact was used, and Other pertinent information
Over 14 weeks, we developed our needs analysis and conducted a survey. The data analysis was collected by coordinating with a university professor and 30 students, to solicit feedback from the survey to gather KASH data as they relate to nutritional labels. The survey contained 12 questions about nutritional labels. As the data were collected, we generated pie, bar, and line graphs to be displayed in our final reporting.
ANALYZE & APPRAISE
The statement includes an analysis of the artifact that provides essential information about why the artifact was included. This statement includes an explanation of how the artifact relates to the framework. This statement might also have other exceptional characteristics such as how it connects this artifact to other artifacts.
Conducting the needs analysis assessment was critical helping us learn about our target audience. However, the secondary purpose of the assignment was for our team to gain web design skills by developing a site that would host the assessments findings. We researched many tools before making a decision to develop our site on Weebly an easy to use web 2.0 platform that allows users to create a website.
The culmination of needs analysis and website are at the center of intended goal that shows how design plays a major role in the final presentation. The assignment criteria for creating the site that required consideration of design and multimedia principles. Layout and design were essential in the development phase. Other important principles included having a fundamental understanding of HTML/coding; CSS cascading style sheets; search engine optimization (SEO) techniques; developing templates; and designing and using effective typography, color, and page structure relations.
The statement includes an appraisal of the artifact that provides a detailed demonstration of the writer’s perception of its impact and effectiveness. The statement may also be exemplary in that it points out (when appropriate) specific areas within the artifact to illustrate what has been stated, and it shows the relationship between the artifact and the writer’s philosophy.
After we conducted the needs analysis, we gathered comments and asked for user feedback via Google Forms to learn more about the impact of the nutritional tool and the overall learning experience. The results of the commentary successfully provided insight on the target audience, which enlightened our perspective as to how the audience defined and used nutritional labels. The exceptional, detailed work in collecting data, finding the right group of students to survey, and attention to the detail of design is aligned with my work ethic. We did not shortchange the process or bypass any of the feedback we gathered.
The statement includes an expression of the writer’s “transformation” through the artifact.
Many aspects of conducting a needs analysis were transformative in terms of carefully measuring the knowledge to the deliverable service. The students we studied had variable sets of knowledge and understanding of how to read and use nutritional labels. Some used the labels regularly, others rarely, and some never. The process was experimental and informative. An important aspect of the assessment was that it provided me with an opportunity to collect data, communicate effectively, and understand the importance of being concise with content.