In my last two blogs on learning analytics, I have already covered what are learning analytics and how to choose a learning analytics tool.
In this blog I have listed a few popular learning analytics tools, which can be used by L&D teams.
Many of the organizations who are already using LMS can depend on the inbuilt features of their LMS to give learning analytics support and some organizations, who do not have a LMS in place can use standalone learning analytics tools or plug in these tools with an open source LMS like Moodle. For the benefit of the L&D community, I have listed both these options. You can choose the one that suits your requirements.
- Learning analytics as plugins for Moodle
- Learning analytics as a part of LMS
Learning analytics as plugins for Moodle
SmartKlass is a learning analytics plugin which can be integrated with Moodle through a simple and easy dashboard, directly added to the control panel as a new tab. It uses xAPI 1.0 to collect user interaction with the platform.
Some of the benefits of SmartKlass are:
– It is compatible with Moodle 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9 and 3.0. It also supports Tin Can API.
– It will highlight students with difficulties and provides information like individual and collaborative work.
– Can be used for corporate learning, schools, and universities.
- MOCLog Moodle Analytics
MOCLog is a monitoring system, that helps to analyze log files of the Moodle LMS more effectively and efficiently thus contributing to improve the quality of teaching and learning.
It also offers benefits such as :
– Relevant interpretation schemes for log file analysis
– Easier and faster analyzing of log files in the online courses in Moodle
– Feedback for different stakeholders
– Serving all important users of LMS
– Monitoring the status of all log files
GISMO is a graphical interactive monitoring plugin that provides visualization of learners activity in the online course. It is a plugin for Moodle LMS. You can explore various activities such as :
– Learners attendance to course
– Reading of materials
– Submission of documents
It even provides the comprehensive visualizations that give an overview of the entire learning pattern of the organization.
- Analytical Graph
It is a plugin for Moodle LMS. This plugin provides 5 different graphs that facilitate the identification of learners profile. It allows the admin to send messages to the users according to their behavior inside a course.
The graphs show:
- Grades chart
- Content access chart
- Number of active users chart
- Assignment submissions chart
- Hits distribution chart5. Heatmap
It is was inspired from a tool called as Moodle Activity Viewer (MAV) and it is a plugin for Moodle LMS. The heatmap plugin block overlays a heatmap onto a course to highlight activities with more or less activity to help teachers to improve their courses. It also counts number of visits and unique users to each activity. It can be even toggled off when it is not needed.
Learning analytics as a part of LMS
1) SumTotal Systems
SumTotal Systems has a learning analytical package based on Microsoft Reporting & Analysis Services technologies. SumTotal LMS delivers standard reports that can cover almost all of your routine reporting needs. You can use those delivered reports as the starting point for any additional reports you need to develop. Even you can build customizable real time dashboards to assist your executives in decision making. Every report resides in the Sum Total LMS.
Saba has developed machine learning algorithms for intelligently suggesting relevant course material based on the user goals, aspirations and web based activity. Saba has Saba analytics which is designed to facilitate information gathering and assessment for learning system in several ways. Reporting in Saba is less time consuming as per user’s review. It gives you entire training report with a click of a button.
It has Docebo perform as a skills management system to boost employee performance. It’s comprehensive gap analysis reporting provides an overall picture of the organizational learning, thus enabling you to get deeper insights about learner behaviour and implement targeted learning programs.
4) Talent LMS
It has extensive reporting feature which reports about everything within your e-learning environment. A timeline of all system actions is recorded. Proper reports are generated to find out the exact information. Even you can build custom reports as per your requirement.
5) Absorb LMS
Absorb LMS helps you to take actions directly from the reports. You can easily enroll users in course directly from the report interface. Even you can show or hide relevant columns and reorganize them into any order. You can also set dynamic date filters and save them. With the help of Business Intelligence Module, it gives your team the ability to gather actionable insights from your LMS.
Cornerstone reporting gives you a set of tools to improve employee engagement and productivity. You can know what is happening in the organization and optimize the employee performance through fact-based decision making. You can have complete control and visibility of your data for all types of reporting by using Cornerstone suite to create visually rich executive dashboards.
In Litmos the “Reports” tab gives you the complete access to real-time results, enabling to easily keep track of individual trainee progress or compare the results of teams within your organization. You can also export the reports as PDF or CSV file and even email the reports.
I hope that this post gives you the insights into the popular learning analytics plugs in for moodle and in built LMS analytics.