Analytical Reporting is useful to understand trends and to strategize based on the reports, and all organizations collect and safe-keep data, which can be used for creating periodic reports. Same is the case with eLearning. Since LMS is the software platform through which eLearning happens, it should enable Analytical Reporting to see progress of the learners or understand usage and engagement. This has been recognized by most of the LMS Product vendors and they provide this facility in their software.
Reporting is of 2 types:
- Canned analytical reports
- Ad-hoc analytical reports
Canned Analytical Reports are developed upfront during the implementation of the LMS. Or they are developed during use of the system. The Report format and information required is well-defined and hence these are generated as per set parameters. These are usually generated on a frequent basis and the users of the reports are assigned.
Adhoc Analytical reports are more complex. This is required by users who want to view information in different ways. So this requires a tool which should be able to retrieve data and performs transformations. The tool would require more processing power. These reports are usually for decision making.
Let us now look at what are the analytical reports which are needed for an LMS and what they achieve:
- Number of Registrations for a course: This indicates the popularity of a course. It also indicates what type of course is more popular. For example video courses would be more popular than PDF content courses.
- Time spent on each course: This indicates a mix of the popularity of the course as also the complexity of the course. For example video courses would engage more with the learner, and hence more time is spent on such courses.
- Number of feedbacks of a course: This indicates that the learners are concerned about the content in the course
- Time spent on Assessments: This indicates the seriousness with which the learner is taking the assessment, the complexity of the assessment and the learning that the learner has acquired.
- Time spent on gamification quizzes: This indicates the extent to which gamification has motivated the learner and if it has served the purpose.
- Time spent on feedback, blogs, opinion polls, surveys etc.: This indicates the extent to which the learner is active in providing feedback to improve the learning experience
- Individual learner’s progress report: This indicates the extent to which the learner is progressing in the assigned learning activity.
- Individual learner’s learning capability report: This indicates the number of attempts the learner is taking to clear the assessment, the pass percentage in each attempt and the duration of time taken to complete the assessment.
- Relative cost of learning: This is very difficult to measure in case of learning. But it can be simplified as (Individual’s total learning cost/Score in the first assessment). Lower the cost, the better the achievement of the learning.
The compliance Analytical reports would be:
- Who is, or is not enrolled?
- What are the start, end and due dates?
- Who is complete, or not-complete with their required courses?
- Number of logins or sessions
- Number of course visits
- Number of resource views
- Attendance data
- Completion rate
- Certificates issued or expired
- Audit trail reporting
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– by N S Mahesh