One of the greatest challenges of e-learning is to identify the behavior of each learner and customize the training and learning process accordingly. This way, one can design an excellent learning experience and make sure that every need of every learner gets fulfilled. To do this, learning analytics must be deployed at all levels of the LMS or the Learning Management System. Here are the top 5 ways in which learning analytics in an LMS can benefit both instructors and learners.
1. Understanding how learners interact with the content:
Learning analytics measures how learners interact with the course content. The information thus gathered can be used to get a clear picture of learner engagement- i.e. How long are they online? When do they like to study? How long do they like to study? Where is most of their time being spent? Who is using the course materials? How is the group progressing? These key parameters give insights into the learners’ experience which may have been otherwise difficult to come by.
2. Identifying hiccups and bottlenecks:
Instructors not only need to know about learners’ engagement but also need to identify areas that are tripping over the learners. While their qualitative judgment and expertise can come in handy, trainers can improve the overall performance significantly by accurately identifying which learner needs help with what and which area of the curriculum needs attention.
3. Knowing what to measure and when to measure:
Effective use of learning analytics for instructors lies in the fact that they should know how to replace vanity metrics with actionable metrics for a better e-learning experience. This is about selecting the right parameters to bring about meaningful and timely change – powerful learning analytics goes a long way in making this happen!
4. Enabling continuous learning assessment:
While an e-learning course with a high completion rate may look great, this data doesn’t tell instructors much about how much time, effort and concentration the learners are actually spending on their courses. To have an analytics module that truly boosts the performance of instructors, a dashboard of actionable metrics should be easily accessible for continuous assessment of the learners’ progress and engagement.
5. Enabling collaboration and peer-based learning:
The secret to a great e-learning program is to empower learners to engage among themselves. The more they engage with their peers through discussions, role-plays, gamification and healthy competition, the better their performance and knowledge retention are going to be. In other words, the more a learner engages, the better the learning environment becomes for the entire group. Studies show that training programs with collaborative learning, such as discussion forums, etc. are effective for everyone involved.
Actionable, real-time and user-specific learning analytics can help organizations optimize resources, increase earnings, reduce wastage, improve learning results and impart considerable benefits to learners and instructors as well. Was this article helpful? Check out more at our blogs. Learn more about our Kprise MyPass LMS offerings here.