The article was last updated on August 22nd 2016.
When creating eCourses, every instructional designer and trainer intends to develop an eLearning model that will not only meet the organization’s requirements but will be as efficient as it can possibly be. To find all the pitfalls, to improve learners’ performance and ensure achieving the desired results the LMS reporting system exists. A competent report analysis can help to find answers to the most important questions and help to create eLearning that actually works.
Why is analysis important?
Analysis is the most important element of eLearning as it is present at each step of eCourse creation and works as fuel for course design and development. No matter whether we start gathering data about future learners and possible course demand or analyze learners’ performance to make changes to the existing course flow.
JoomlaLMS reports are a great source for analytics! The system includes several types of reports that can help you to learn more about your learners and their performance. Each report is created for providing the answers to a certain set of questions.The latest course activities
Upon accessing the Tracking section in JoomlaLMS a teacher sees the latest course activities: students’ names, a type of the activity they fulfilled with a timeline when the action was taken. Analyzing the data a teacher can see who and when took the course. In case there are registered students who don’t take a course a teacher can contact them directly to find the reasons and prevent them from falling behind. The reasons can vary from personal to technical LMS issues and timely identification of these problems can minimize the losses for both parties.
Learning paths statistics
If you have SCORM modules in the course you can find detailed data that is submitted to LMS by the module in this section. It allows for example to see how much time it takes a user on average for taking the module. If you see that students take too long to pass a certain part of the course it can be a signal to revise it, to divide it into logical sections, improve the course path or enhance the navigation.
Reviewing Quizzes reports and answers statistics, a teacher is able to find out the questions that cause difficulties thus identifying the students’ knowledge gaps. Moreover, the reason can simply be the question’s unclarity or ambiguity that misleads students and simple rephrasing can solve the issue.Downloads statistics
By viewing the downloads statistics a teacher can see the types of documents that are in students’ demand, who downloaded what, how often and when the last download took place therefore drawing conclusions concerning the data students need most and making amends to future practice.
JoomlaLMS Pro version offers 3 additional types of reports:
- Access Report;
- Completion Report;
- User Grades Report;
Access report shows the most popular courses among students with a number of visits by a learner. Distant learners, as a rule, have a busy schedule and can simply forget to complete a class or access a certain learning material. By having the access statistics, a trainer can see where everybody stands and guide them through the course for the best possible results.
Completion reports contain completion information about all the listed courses and registered students. Inspecting the report section a teacher or trainer can see the people who didn’t complete the course. This is especially significant for the courses that are mandatory to take (for example, obligatory safety training or orientation training for students).
User grades statistics
By analyzing the data you can get an idea how your students are doing in general. Examining user grades for all the courses at once a teacher can track learners’ progress and pay more attention to students who are lagging behind.
Reporting system provides an enormous amount of decision-making information for teachers, trainers, business leaders and instructional designers. If analyzed properly, reports can help to define gaps in students’ knowledge and skills, organization’s compliance level, overall learners’ performance and find ways to improve it.
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