The Next Big Thing in Moodle™ Reporting and Analytics
There are a few eLearning platforms that are as extensible and scalable as Moodle™. But its reporting functionality is not rich enough to give you all the data points that you may need to run your eLearning business. Frankly, it leaves a lot to be desired.
A number of plugins have been developed to provide effective Moodle™ reporting functionality. However, not all of them provide all the necessary features to collect critical data about your courses.
Does it mean there’s no solution or no easy way to get all the reporting data that we need? Well, before we can answer this question, it’s important to understand what all should be there in an ideal Moodle™ reporting tool.
So let’s try to figure that out, and simultaneously we shall also look at an easy solution that simplifies your e-learning decision-making process😉
Excited? 😃 Let’s begin!
Building Blocks of A Solid Moodle™ Reporting System
A good Moodle™ reporting and analytics system is not built by chance. It’s a result of several in-depth surveys, customer research and a solid understanding of the eLearning industry needs. It should include a number of critical features and offer many types of capabilities. Those capabilities include:
- Measuring student engagement
- Course progress tracking
- Time consumption and user activity tracking
- Detailed grade reports
- Report scheduling
- Different critical data reports for different user roles
- And a couple of other usability features, like custom reports, customizable dashboards, etc.
Edwiser Reports PRO Launched: A better Moodle™ Reporting Solution
A new and improved solution launched recently provides all of the above elements and much more to help you easily collect, store, export and analyze your eLearning business data. Edwiser Reports PRO was launched a couple of weeks ago! And it’s been developed carefully to include all aforementioned building blocks of a good Moodle™ reporting.
Let’s take a detailed look at why these building blocks are so important, and how Edwiser Reports PRO incorporates them.
#1. Measuring student engagement to gauge the quality of your course content
One of the key metrics that matter the most for eLearning portals is user engagement. It’s important because if users are not being engaged, it means they are not learning anything from your eLearning business. And if they’re not learning anything from your business, why would they want to pay for it?
So, it’s critical to measure student engagement. Fortunately, that’s not difficult anymore with Student Engagement Reports of Edwiser Reports PRO. These reports allow you to track the most active as well as least active learners on your website.
Once you understand whether your learners are engaging with the course content or not with the help of Student Engagement Reports, you can use that information to further optimize your course content. And that will, in turn, boost your sales. Yay! 😀
#2. Allowing learners to track their progress
If you want to provide an ideal eLearning environment, then reporting functionality matters not only for you but also for your students. They too should be able to see their progress in the courses they’re taking, and how much time they’re spending on each course through a dedicated dashboard.
That’s where Learner Reports of Edwiser Reports PRO come into the picture. They allow your students to see all the things mentioned above, and much more. So in a sense, Edwiser Reports PRO not only allows you to track and measure the engagement of your students but also allows you to boost it.
#3. Tracking time consumed by the students in individual courses and activities
Collecting data about user engagement is one thing. Having detailed information about where your learners are engaging and how are they spending their time is something totally different. With that sort of data, you can understand the strengths and weaknesses of your LMS and course material at an altogether different level.
Fortunately, the time tracking functionality of Edwiser Reports PRO makes capturing this detailed user activity data simple and easy. You can track with precision how much time is being spent on which activity of part of the LMS by your learners.
#4. Allowing detailed analysis of the grades scored by students
A good Moodle™ reporting and analytics solution should provide some reporting and analysis functionality for teachers too. They should be able to analyze the grades of their students through comprehensive and visual reports.
The Grade Report feature of Edwiser Reports PRO offers the same thing. It allows your teachers to analyze the scores and performances of their students. For instance, they can evaluate the average grades of students in a particular course, or they can also check the average scores in a particular activity within the courses.
These insights can then be used to improvise the course content, to identify the star performers, or to detect if a student is using any unethical means to cheat your tests.
So far we’ve given an overview of some of the most critical reports and data points that a good Moodle™ reporting solution must provide. But is it the end of the story? Well, not so fast.
A holistic Moodle™ reporting solution should ideally come with the following features:
- Ability to generate custom reports without coding,
- Customizable reporting dashboard with different blocks of reports,
- Tracking of active users, course completion rate, and enrollment,
- Most popular courses,
- Daily activities,
- Trends of most active users (i.e. when is the number of active users on your site highest, when is it lowest) so you can plan your site maintenance activities more prudently,
- Number of real-time users on your eLearning site.
The good part is that you get all of the above included in the Edwiser Reports FREE version itself.
And the Edwiser Reports PRO plugin comes with many advanced reporting capabilities for you to take effective, data-backed decisions, in the least amount of time.
More built-in reports have been added to the plugin to collectively make Moodle™ reporting even easier and more convenient for you.
So, by now it should be clear to you what all should be there in a good Moodle™ reporting solution, and how the Edwiser Reports plugin is a way to get all of that. Now the question that comes is… should you stick with the free version of Edwiser Reports? Or should you upgrade to PRO?
The answer depends to a large extent on what you need and what is your budget. The free version of the Edwiser Reports plugin can give you a good start when it comes to measuring key metrics of your LMS.
Besides that, if you do not have the budget to spend anything on Moodle™ reporting functionality, then in that case too the free version of Edwiser Reports will be a good choice for you.
However, if you are looking to unlock the true potential of your eLearning business and have the budget to spend just $59 per year, then Edwiser Reports PRO could be your go-to plugin. It will put endless reporting and analytics reports and functionality at your disposal, allowing you to track better, go even granular and take well-informed decisions.
If you still have any doubts, you can check out this article comparing Edwiser Reports FREE and Edwiser Reports PRO in detail.
You can get started at just $59 for your first year, and can upgrade to a subscription of longer duration or even to a lifetime subscription, which would obviously cost less in the long run.
If you’re still on the fence, check out the plugin in detail and watch the demo to see how effortlessly effective your data analysis and reporting can be.
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