One of the important features of a Learning Management System is the report builder. Any typical LMS stores every minute detail of all training in its database. To get the required report for evaluating training, you need to generate the report using the LMS report builder.
Generating a report from report builder requires lot of logical and technical knowledge of the tool. As a training manager you may find it difficult to select the right parameters and to add the right filter which gives the desired report. After unsuccessful attempts you may contact the LMS administrator to generate it for you, which is a time consuming process.
In the following report from E-learning Guild, you can see the reporting capabilities of popular LMSs. The default reports available in an LMS may not give you the required reports. Else they may make it very difficult to get the required reports using the report builder.
Every organization has different training structures and variety of training content. It is not possible for a report builder to generate any kind of report. Based on my experience, I can say there are three options available to get the customized reports.
Option 1: The specific report definitely requires customization as the data is stored in various datasets in the database. At the time of selecting a new LMS, you may also mention required report as one of the requirements, so that it can be included in the default LMS reports. You can generate this report without any extra effort.
Option 2: Administrators work closely with LMS service provider in the LMS upgrade process. This is the right time for you to add your specific report in default reports. Next time when you need it you can easily generate it.
Option 3: The above options may be costly if done by existing LMS vendor; it may cost around $ 25,000 – $30,000 per customized report. Alternatively the cost effective solution is to use any trusted third-party vendor who can develop such customized report externally using the LMS database. You can develop any number of customized reports based on your specific requirements without waiting for the next upgrade and this can be done at very low cost.
We have developed such customized reports for our customers, and training managers are able to generate the report with a couple of clicks and without any help from the LMS administrator or the support team.
If you need any assistance in developing such customized report for your LMS, then please contact us.
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In the previous post of this series, we have seen how several companies are using open-source LMSs to manage their learning activities. In this last post of the series, let us examine the Enterprise option.
A learning management system (LMS) is an software application which helps to deliver online training. With the help of it, we can deliver courses as well as track users’ status and scores.
In the second post of this series, we have seen the about the WordPress option. Here, let us see the second option i.e Moodle (open source LMS).
In the previous blog, we have seen the benefits and features of an LMS. We have also seen that organizations, depending on their size and complexity, have three LMS options before them. Among them, the first option is Word Press. Let us see about it, in detail.
Many organizations are using eLearning to train their employees, and they need a Learning Management System (LMS) to track and monitor learning activities. According to the Brandon Hall 2012 report, 78% of organizations are using a Learning Management System (LMS) and 33% of companies were looking to upgrade or replace their current systems.
Moodle is the most widely used open source learning management systems, according to the eLearning Guild. It is highly flexible and can be customized based on our needs. I got opportunities to attend brainstorming sessions with customers to identify their specific requirements to manage trainings on the LMS. One of the common requirements which is not available in Moodle is domains. They wanted to have multiple domains in the same LMS. Users or the administrator belonging to Domain-A should not be allowed to view/access the courses or users of Domain-B. There should be a chief administrator who should have access to all the users of or courses available in the LMS, irrespective of domains.
Collaborative learning may play an important role in training employees or channel partners. Collaborative learning enables your people to obtain vital information which they may not be able to obtain through formal training programs.
LMS, an acronym for Learning Management System, is a software application designed to plan, implement and track learning content. It helps integrate all training administration activities under one roof. A Learning Management System is sometimes also known as Course Management System (CMS), Learning Content Management System (LCMS), Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Virtual Learning System (VLS), learning portal, or eLearning platform. Though a Learning Management System (LMS) is defined differently by different vendors, its functions remain the same.
A Learning Management System (LMS) is a software application that helps deliver online training programs. An LMS can also be used to track, document and report learners’ process.
Performing learning management activities using an LMS, in an organization with a few employees, is easy. But, performing these activities in a company with several staff members, in a short time period, can be quite hectic. Usually, these “bulk”, time-bound activities need to be performed when you setup a new LMS and want to do lot of activities in the initial stages to set all the pre-training settings. Also, you need to perform these activities if you assign a selected set of courses to a group of specific users.