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What is your LMS reporting telling you?

Angeline Usewicz

When it comes to reporting, many companies invest in a learning management system (LMS) expecting to gain insights about their learning programs. But getting the right data can be a big challenge unless you focus on reporting when selecting your LMS.

You want your Learning Management System to provide reliable data for a learning program and show how it impacts your business. Reporting should help you evaluate your current learning programs, be timely, and help administrators determine their business impact.

To be effective your LMS should establish meaningful metrics that are simple and practical and be tied to existing systems and processes.

Successful reporting should answer:

  • Are performance metrics improving?
  • How do I identify opportunities for improvement?
  • Is my organization in compliance?
  • Can I identify gaps in skill development?

Your LMS reporting should ensure easy access for learners, provide practical ways to measure your learning effectiveness (not just activity), prepare you for audits utilizing compliance metrics, and identify skill gaps for development opportunities.

Some learning and development leaders we’ve partnered with have had good results with a web-based learning management framework, called ecoLearn™ that can be customized to meet the needs of your learners and your organization.

Whatever LMS you choose, it’s critical that it meets your reporting needs. It’s easy to get distracted by the bells and whistles of certain LMS features, but at the end of the day, what your LMS is telling you matters most.

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