How to easily track course progress in LearnDash?

    Nitansha Tanwar
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Want to track the progress of your LearnDash courses? Are you tired of generating course progress reports manually? 

Don’t fret. Tracking the course progress in LearnDash is very easy.

As learners go through your courses and mark complete on items, LearnDash records this data on the specific user’s profile. You can also export this information as a CSV report.

But, these reports include only a few metrics. For example, it doesn’t tell you the completion rate, the time your learners spend in your course, or the group-wise course progress.

And this information is critical not only for deep diving into the course progress but also for important eLearning activities — like rewarding certificates, or sending a progress update to a client.

But to get this data you’ll need a reporting plugin in LearnDash.

So in this article, we’ll explore how you can easily track course progress in LearnDash using standard LearnDash Reports and also an all-in-one reporting plugin like — WISDM Reports for LearnDash

So, let’s begin.

Tracking course progress in LearnDash using standard reports

In LearnDash, admins and group leaders can export two standard CSV reports — the course data and quiz data report. 

The course data report can help you get an overview of the progress each learner has made in the courses they’re enrolled in. Using the Course Data Report you can export information like — user name,  the course title, the steps completed, course start date/end date, the total time spent on the course, and if the course has been marked complete or not, among other things.

To export the course progress in LearnDash, simply navigate to the WordPress Admin Area >> LearnDash LMS >> Reports >> Course Data Report.

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Course Data report in LearnDash

From here, you’ll get the data in a CSV report.

But if you need more data, you will need a reporting plugin like WISDM Reports for LearnDash.

So let’s see how WISDM Reports for LearnDash can help you track course progress.

Tracking course progress using WISDM Reports for LearnDash

Wisdm Reports for LearnDash by WisdmLabs is the most comprehensive reporting plugin that’s designed for busy LearnDash admins, instructors, and group leaders to easily track course progress in LearnDash.

Using WISDM Reports for LearnDash, you get access to a wide range of graphical course reports on the front end that help you and your course partners, not only track but also get meaningful insights that help you identify areas of improvement. Here’s how you can easily track progress using WISDM Reports.

1. Measure Course Completion Rate

Course completion rate is one of the most important and widely used course metrics to measure the progress of your courses. 

Using WISDM Reports for LearnDash, you can easily track the completion rate for each course as well as for each learner. The course completion rate report helps you understand the avg. completion rate for each course, as well as learners who have successfully completed the course.

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Course completion rate in WISDM Reports for LearnDash

Note: You can check the completion rate for a particular lesson, topic, or group, too.

2. Monitor Time Spent in Courses 

I admit — when it comes to tracking course progress, the first thing you look at is the course completion rate. But it doesn’t always give you the real picture. And I think you’ll agree that In most cases, your course will not have a 100% completion rate. 

There could be a lot of reasons for that like — learners’ lack of motivation, the course content being a bit tough for learners to understand, or your learners may be facing some technical difficulties, too.

So how do you track progress in that scenario? 

Another meaningful way to track progress is to monitor the time users spend in your courses. 

This will give you a clear picture of — How your learners are progressing through your courses? Are they spending enough time? Which courses are they struggling with?

With WISDM Reports for LearnDash, you can accurately measure time spent in your courses. The plugin includes a time-tracking feature that allows you to track the actual time spent learning and not just keep the course page open. 

Moreover, you don’t need to spend time searching for this data as the Time Spent in a Course Report helps you track this metric easily. It is also reflected in the tabular detailed course reports. The reports let you monitor Avg. Time Spent in all Courses and also the Total Time Spent in Courses.

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Detailed course report in WISDM Reports for LearnDash

Read More: LearnDash Time Tracking: How to monitor time spent in your LearnDash courses?

3. Track User Activity

Apart from monitoring completion rates and time spent in courses, monitoring learner activity can also help you track how your learners progress through each course and course module. 

In WISDM Reports for LearnDash, you can easily check how each of your learners progresses through your courses, lessons, and quizzes. It helps you understand when a learner has completed, started, or even visited a course, lesson, or quiz.

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User Activity Report in LearnDash Reports

4. Track Quiz Completion Rate and Time

Tracking the Quiz Completion Rate helps you deep dive into the course progress further.

In WISDM Reports for LearnDash, the Quiz Completion Rate report tells you the avg. percentage of quizzes completed by your learners in your courses. This can give you a fair idea of whether your learners are actually going through all the course material or not.

Similarly, monitoring the Quiz Completion Time helps you understand how quickly your learners are completing all the quizzes and progressing through your courses.

This can give you insights about which quizzes may be too hard or too easy for your learners. Therefore, helping you decide which courses may need some changes.

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Quiz completion rate and quiz completion time report in WISDM Reports for LearnDash

Summing up…

Well, now that we’ve reached the end of this article, let’s take a quick summary.

Tracking course progress gives you a lot of perspective on how your courses are performing.

It can help you identify your top-performing courses, courses that can be improved drop-off points, as well as courses where learners need your help.

But standard LearnDash reports alone cannot help you track this information. To accurately track course progress you need a reporting plugin like — WISDM Reports for LearnDash.

It not only helps you track course progress easily but deep dive for more meaningful insights.

So, take WISDM Reports for LearnDash for a spin and see how it helps you track easily track progress. Also, feel free to share your feedback below.

See you next time!

Read more: WISDM LearnDash Plugins – Recommendation Guide

Nitansha Tanwar

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