3 Quick Tools to Evaluate eLearning Effectiveness Through Your LMS

3 Quick Tools to Evaluate eLearning Effectiveness Through Your LMS

Most of the organizations use Learning Management System only to serve courses to their users. There is no great focus on analyzing the reports to evaluate learning. We have worked on several LMSs and interacted with a varied client base. Based on this experience, here are some quick tips to assess course and their effectiveness.

1. Enrollment Vs. Completed Status

A study of the number of people enrolled in the course and people completed the course after a set period will help us understand how important the elearning courses were to the learner’s job.

For example, in our recent study, we found that

  • “Price change” course for sales teams was completed by maximum people as it directly impacted their job.
  • Code of conduct course had 100% completion rate as it was a mandatory course.
  • A course on product knowledge for sales team which was translated in multiple languages showed that even through the course was translated in Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese, people only took Simplified Chinese course and translated course in Traditional Chinese was not greatly used, incurring undue cost.

2. Online Evaluation Form

Make evaluation after the completion of the course mandatory. As the standard questionnaire for 10 questions with multiple choice options will not take not more than 2 minutes, this survey will really give valuable insights about the course effectiveness, accessibility issues and pain points if any.

For example, in our recent study, we found that

  • People found that interactivities, audio and video usage in the course made it engaging.
  • Some felt that assessments were too easy; they could have taken the test and passed without taking the course.
  • Some people have issues accessing the course – browser or plugin issues and internet speed.
  • Some showed their concern that they had to complete too many courses, too quickly before the classroom session.
  • Some found it very useful before the classroom and also a good refresher after the classroom.

This kind of valuable data would be lost, had we not taken the feedback. This information can help elearning stakeholders to decide strategy for future courses.

3. Standard Reports

Every LMS has some inbuilt standard reports. By just reviewing these reports on a periodical basis, we can get valuable data useful to develop eLearning strategies; our aim being effective ROI on courses.

  • Completion Report with Scores: By reviewing the scores for each question in the final quiz, we can study the pattern and if there is any relationship in getting low score for a particular question, we should probably change the question.
  • Number of Attempts for Completion: If the learners find it difficult to complete in 1 attempt, the course needs to be relooked from the instructional point of view.
  • Time Taken to Complete the Course: For example, a 30 min course can be completed in 2 weeks’ time by the learner. If the learner takes lot of time to complete the course, it could be that this course in not so relevant to the job.

Data obtained from Learning Management System is important as it is useful in determining the effectiveness of an elearning course.

Do share how you have been using your LMS to improve learning in your organization.