Why Moodle is on the Top Compared to Commercial LMSs in Reporting Capability?

Why Moodle is on the Top Compared to Commercial LMSs in Reporting Capability?

Why Moodle is on the Top Compared to Commercial LMSs in Reporting Capability?

As per the E-Learning Guild report, Moodle is the topper when compared to other popular and commercial LMSs. The reason behind this is that Moodle has lots of default and ad-hoc reports available. Without any programming skills, LMS administrators can generate customized reports using ad-hoc reports. If you have any expert programmer then, you can generate almost any kind of report to help you monitor and analyze your trainings.

E-Learning Guild Report on Moodle

In this blog, I will share some of the Default and Ad-hoc reports, which prove why Moodle is on the top when it comes to LMS reporting capability.


The following reports will get installed along with the LMS. These reports will give basic and important information about the users and courses. There are many other reports available at course level or activities level, which will give more information about the training activities.

  • Activity completion: This will give completion status information of all the users per course.
  • Activity report: This will give information about the number of views for a particular course.
  • Backups report: Gives the latest backup date and along with list of courses backed up along with the time elapsed to take the backup.
  • Config changes: This will give information about critical changes done in the LMS by the LMS system administrators.
  • Course completion: This will give completion status information about all the activities included in a course.
  • Course overview: This will display list of courses in which user enrolled by self or by training manager/administrator.
  • Course participation: This will display the information about how many users have participated/enrolled into the particular course.
  • Live logs: It will give information about all the activities happening in the LMS. It will display the activities done by each user in the past one hour.
  • Logs: This is similar to live logs, but it gives information based on the specific date.
  • Performance overview: It gives detailed report on the LMS site performance; so that LMS administrators can take appropriate action to increase the performance of the LMS site.
  • Question instances: This will search all the courses, quizzes and a particular type of question and display the number of times it is used in the LMS along with the course name where it appears.
  • Security overview: This will give information about the security threat along with detailed description.
  • Statistics: It gives the information about number of hits/views per course along with graphical representation.
  • Evaluation report: This will provide detailed user response wise and overall report about the evaluation or feedback form.
  • Quiz: This will give a detailed report which will have information about user responses and score for each question.



There are 90+ ad-hoc reports freely available in the Moodle docs, which are developed by experts and shared in the Moodle community. You can copy and paste the code and generate more specific reports based on your requirement. You can also hire an expert or outsource to customize these reports if needed.

Here I have listed some of the useful ad-hoc reports taken from the “Moodle ad-hoc contributed reports” list, which may be useful to you. For corporate organizations, users or students can be considered learners, grade as score, teacher as Instructor/facilitator and activities are nothing but courses.

User and Role Report

  • LIST of all site USERS by COURSE enrollment
  • Enrolled users, which did not login into the course, even once
  • Lists “logged in users” from the last 120 days
  • Full User info (for deleted users)
  • User’s courses
  • List of users with language

Log Activity Reports

  • Count all Active Users by ROLE in a course category (including all of its sub-categories)
  • Total Activity of Roles: “Teacher” and “Non-Editing Teacher” by Dates and by Hours
  • How many LOGINs per user and user’s Activity
  • Total activity per course, per unique user in the last 24h

Course Reports

  • Most Active courses
  • Group Export
  • List all courses in and below a certain category
  • Site-wide completed SCORM activities by Course name

Grade and Course Completion Reports

  • Site-Wide Grade Report with All Items
  • Site-Wide Grade Report with Just Course Totals
  • User Course Completion
  • User Course Completion with Criteria
  • Course Completion Report with custom dates

Activity Module Reports:

Assignment Module Reports

  • All Ungraded Assignments
  • All Ungraded Assignments w/Link
  • Assignments (and Quizzes) waiting to be graded

Forum Module Reports

  • Print all User’s post in course Forums
  • Activity In Forums
  • News Forum – Discussions COUNT

Quiz Module Reports

  • List the users that did not take the Quiz
  • List Questions in each Quiz

SCORM Activity Reports

  • Lists All completed SCORM activities by Course name

This is one of the reasons why Moodle has become the most popular in the LMS domain. Using Moodle, we can track and generate almost all types of reports which other commercial LMSs can provide. You may know how costly it turns out to be to have a customized report in a commercial LMS. As Moodle is maintained by a global community of developers, the list of ad-hoc reports is increasing day by day and freely available. The cost to develop customized reports is also much cheaper when compared to that of a commercial LMS.

You can also explore the Moodle reporting capability and share with us if you need any specific reports that are not available or need more information on existing reports.

View Presentation on Generating Reports in an LMS to Review Training