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Using an LMS (like LearnDash) to train corporate employees helps streamline the process of online learning. But how do you measure the success of your training? Simple — you start tracking. And to benchmark the progress of employee learning, you can leverage LMS reporting features.
LMS Reports not only help you get a clear picture of the impact of your training but also turn vague analytics into data-driven insights that are actionable.
How? Well, think about it. You can’t improve anything that you can’t measure.
And how will you know if your employee training is actually resulting in success if you’re not tracking and collecting LMS data?
So to drive the success of your training program, you need to first identify knowledge gaps. You need to be aware of which training report needs to be pulled and shared directly for analysis from the LMS at any time.
In this article, we’ll discuss why LMS reports are crucial and how they help you in online training in LearnDash.
7 Reasons why corporate trainers should use LMS reports
LMS reports are beneficial when tracking the impact of your training. Here’s why you need them:
1. Easily track employee training progress
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One of the most important uses of LMS reports is to track training progress and understand how many employees have completed the course. Because if the employees don’t complete training then there’s no point in looking at other metrics.
LMS reports with ‘course completion rates’ give you a clear picture of how many employees have completed the course, how many are overdue, and how many have not started.
Completion rates in courses tell you how your employees are progressing. There is a big difference between completing 15% and completing 75%. Hence course completion reports can also help you set the passing criteria.
High completion rates would mean that employees have successfully undergone the training material. Low completion rates can reveal if a large number of employees are facing some challenges in finishing up the training.
Maybe the course is too long for learners to sit in front of their devices or there’s some glitch while they are trying to proceed. Course completion rates can help you understand if your online program needs tweaking or if there’s a technical issue to blame.
1. Monitor learning trends in training courses
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Ever wondered whether learners are actually going through the entire course?
The hardest part of training online is that you don’t have eyes on what your learners are doing on your LMS and how they are spending their time.
But using LMS reports you can quickly get an overview of how your learners are advancing through the course content. You can also drill down to the level of lesson and topics to figure out drop-off points by observing the quiz activity like quiz completion rates and time spent on quizzes.
Thus LMS reports can help you understand trends in terms of courses and quizzes and help you evaluate the effectiveness of each module.
Also read: How to monitor learning trends in LearnDash
2. Understanding learner engagement
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After course completion rates, learner engagement is one of the key metrics in eLearning.
Having high course completion rates is good. If learners are able to complete the course themselves then they would recommend it to others too.
But what if someone completed the course or quiz in less time than you had anticipated?
LMS reports that measure the ‘time spent in courses/quizzes’ can reveal the true nature of learner engagement.
It can help you understand whether employees are actually going through the course or taking the courses and quizzes to just “get it over with”.
Maybe the training material is dull, oversaturated, or irrelevant to their level of understanding. The employees lack the motivation to complete the lesson. Or they cannot clearly see the benefits so they are quickly skipping.
Protip: You can track the time spent in the courses by the learner so to award certificates only to the learners who have spent a sufficient amount of time
3. Review employee performance
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Performance review is one of the most important and difficult parts of employee training.
It helps you comprehend the value of the training process.
And thanks to LMS reports, you can easily check your learner’s results and evaluate the effectiveness of your training. Ideally, your LMS should provide you with performance and progress summary reports that can help you assess your training.
For example, LMS reports with ‘Quiz attempts and score analysis’ can help you get an accurate picture of a particular employee’s performance. You can view all quizzes, their score, the number of attempts, and time spent, among other things.
Analyzing learner results can clearly demonstrate the ‘before and after’ comparison of training and also help you spot knowledge gaps if any.
Also Read: How to get quiz statistics in LearnDash?
5. Identify learners who are at risk
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While LMS reports help you understand the employee’s performance, they also help you identify learners who are behind or at risk of not successfully completing the training on time.
LMS reports that clearly visualize ‘pass/fail averages’ can help you understand how many employees have passed all quizzes in a course.
Therefore a high pass rate or a high quiz score can indicate that the learner is able to understand and apply whatever has been taught in the training.
However, a situation where the employees are scoring low on quizzes or there’s a drop in passing average would mean that something requires your attention.
Maybe the test is difficult; it then makes sense to rework it.
Therefore, by monitoring a learner’s individual progress in courses, you can understand who needs more attention, identify high-potential employees, and quickly make decisions.
6. Set Realistic Training Goals
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Did you know that 91% of employees want their training to be personalized and relevant? (lorman.com)
Using LMS reports for reporting and analysis can not only help you track current training progress but also help you set dedicated and achievable training goals.
So far we’ve learned that LMS reports can clearly demonstrate the progress of your employee training. But what’s more, is that training providers can also use LMS reports to analyze the courses and quiz performance and set realistic goals for the employees by comparing the performance w.r.t others.
Therefore, recording employee achievements can help you figure out which employees are ready for an advanced course or which employees need retraining.
7. Keep stakeholders on the same page
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When you’re training a batch of employees online, more often than not, your clients (reporting managers or group leaders) want to frequently view the progress made by their employees.
In that case, you can use LMS reports to highlight the progress in front of them. Or provide them with the ability to download reports with all relevant data. So that they can keep a record or upload data in their administrative systems for compliance, granting grades/credits, etc.
Hence, using LMS reports you can share the analysis with others so that everyone is informed about the status of the training.
Stop guessing and start tracking: Use LMS Reports for effective employee training
Offering your employees eLearning through an LMS like LearnDash is great. But to get the most out of it, you must ensure that you have a system for tracking and reporting the employee’s progress.
Using LMS reports and analytics can make a huge difference in the way you conduct training for your employees.
That’s why you need an LMS that offers or extends to a variety of LMS reporting features like visualizing data in a central reporting dashboard, using smart filters to dig deep into statistics, generating custom reports, and also the ability to export and share.
In LearnDash, you can use add-ons to extend reporting further. So that you can relate to your employee’s performance, picture it with the help of the right reports, and metrics.
If you’re confused about what type of reports you should use. Don’t fret. Read this article to find out.
Still, have questions about LMS reports and suitable LMS reporting features? Ask in the comments below. I’d love to answer.