In my last blog, I have already mentioned about what are learning analytics and what are the possible benefits of learning analytics.  

In this blog I will share the checklist on how to choose a right learning analytics tool for your organization :

1. Needs Analysis 

This is the first step in choosing the product. Here you have to know :

  • What kind of data the does organization want? Do you want to track learner wise, business unit wise performance or do you want it as per the workflow or any tracking parameter?
  • What kind of learning programs are you analyzing?
  • How big is the learner base and what is the geographical spread of learners?
  • Is the tool compatible with big data?
  • Is it compatible with other products and tools like your ERP as well as your LMS?
  • What is the delivery mode of the data?
  • Can it be exported to different formats such as PDF, Excel or Word?
  • Does it offer automatic data sharing of analytics to the management?

By knowing the answers to these questions, will help you to define and document your needs clearly.

2. Evaluate options

After gathering your requirements, you can evaluate the tools available in the market on the following parameters:

  • Knowing whether the company is a start-up or well established
  • What is the kind of technical support offered by the vendor?
  • Can it seamlessly integrate with existing LMS?
  • Is the tool scalable?
  • Can it handle data cleaning, auditing functionality, and cross-validation of data?
  • Is it a desktop app or a cloud-based app?
  • Pros and cons of the tool
  • What kind of security does the tool offer for data protection?
  • What is the kind of technical know-how which will be required to integrate the tool with your business ERP systems or LMS?

So based on these criteria you can shortlist the popular tools in the market, which fulfills your requirement.

3. Hands-on Experience

Most of the tools offer a free trial or you can even ask for one. So before you invest in  a specific tool you can come to know the ease of use of the tool, report generation capabilities etc

You should also read reviews about the tool from independent websites, take the opinions of both your in-house IT experts as well as outside consultants and even get references from the current customers.

These are some of the points which you need to keep in mind while choosing a learning analytics tool. Watch out my next blog for the popular learning analytics tools in the market.