LMS Reporting is:
- The most sought after LMS feature
- The feature LMS users are the least happy with, and
- The number one reason people seek to switch LMS vendors.
This is because many of the LMS reporting and analytics solutions fall short in delivering what users need, making the search for a good solution a lengthy process. To make the process a little bit easier, our reporting experts have compiled a list of the 6 LMS reporting features that will meet your reporting needs, and prove the value of your learning and training programs to your stakeholders.
1. Print Quality LMS Reports
The ability to create LMS Reports that are readable in nature (pdf style reports with multiple pages). You want these reports to have charts, text, and colour — something that looks professional, and gives a good overview of the activity in your learning management system.
2. Online Interactive Lists & Charts
These are reports that your stakeholders are going to explore in their own time, in a web-based system - reports that they're going to sort, filter, drill-down and drill-through. Having interactive charts will allow your stakeholders to ask questions of your initial reports, and drill down further to get the answer. If someone wants to know why one slice of a pie chart is the biggest, they can drill into the data to understand why. Drill-down and drill-through capabilities will also solve a common reporting complaint, which is static reports.
3. Executive Dashboards
Creating one-off charts and lists are valuable (if you have access to the right data), but you also want to be able to stick the most common reports on the front page, making them most accessible to stakeholders. Having a dashboard provides stakeholders with quick, actionable data.
4. Exportable Reports
Not all your stakeholders will log into your system to take a look at the necessary reports, so you need to be able to export them. With this capability, you can create pdf style reports that are easily readable, export tables and charts into Excel files, etc. You want to give people easy access to this data and these LMS reports, so don't let your system be the barrier.
5. Scheduled Reports
While the ability to export your LMS reports is essential, you'll want to remove yourself from the distribution process. To do this, you'll need a system that can schedule the creation and delivery of your LMS reports. If you want to distribute a certain report to your managers at 8am on a Monday, you can schedule it to go out at that time. You can also schedule recurring reports to go out at the same time every week, or month.
6. Out-of-the-box LMS reports
These are reports that you can edit, and customize to meet your exact requirements. Your vendor should know your business well enough to provide some reports that are useful and valuable to you. The last thing you want is a system that is an empty slate. You should be able to shape your reports to match your exact requirements.
For more insights on LMS reporting, watch our on-demand webinar, Five Reporting Strategies for Moodle!