Developing your learning reporting strategy

dreamstime_s_71163608If there is one facet that has come to define the learning management system (LMS), it’s reporting.  Such is the high demand for data that it’s probably fair to say that a lot of the time that’s been saved delivering learning in a more cost-efficient manner has now been reapportioned to the work needed to collect and report on learning activity and the remedial actions needed to ensure the quality of this data.  Reporting issues top the list of things LMS administrators want to talk about and it’s often a high-level driver when choosing or replacing an LMS.

In my opinion, until we appreciate the scale of learning reporting and start thinking about reporting up-front – rather than as the after-thought once the content is created or the LMS procured – then we will always be chasing our tails.  In this first of two posts, I will look at the need to look at reporting as part of our strategy and planning.  In the second part, I will look at how we deliver our reporting activities. Continue reading “Developing your learning reporting strategy”

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Developing your learning reporting strategy

Using LMS Data Differently

dreamstime_xs_55284236Your learning management system is probably the most complete source of learning activity in your organisation.  After all, that was their primary function when they were first envisioned.  You probably also spend quite a bit of time running off reports for various stakeholders, including business leaders and subject matter experts; and many will focus on the mandatory training that was also the raison d’être for most systems.

For decades, we’ve focussed entirely on reporting what has happened – and no doubt then quibbled over the numbers – but that is hopefully about to change.  Our LMS should be our primary source of learner insights. Continue reading “Using LMS Data Differently”

Using LMS Data Differently