Understanding LMS Reports: 13 Things to Look at in Your eLearning Statistics

If an LMS is going to help you run online training, then LMS reporting shows whether you are succeeding in your training efforts. Thanks to LMS reports, you gain key metrics to measure your eLearning and evaluate learners. In this article, we’ll guide you through the most important types of LMS reports and show you how to translate vague statistics into a language of benefits for learning and business.

The table of contents:

What is LMS Reporting?

Metrics to Help You Boost Learning Effectiveness

Metrics to Help You Make Better Courses

Metrics to Help You Find Learning Sprinters and Stayers

Metrics to Make Your Work Easier

How Can I Use Reports in iSpring Learn?


What is LMS Reporting?

LMS reporting is a system of data collection and analysis in your learning management system. Basically, LMS reports help you monitor what’s going on with the training process, what it means, and what you can do to improve results. In other words, they tell you whether your efforts are actually translating into results.

Here are the main opportunities that reports can give you:

  1. Progress tracking. If you are responsible for training in your organization, you need to know how employees are progressing through courses.
  2. Understanding training outputs. What have employees learned? How well did they retain the knowledge? If a learner takes a course and passes the test, we conclude that they have gained the necessary knowledge and are ready to practice it and make a change. The ultimate goal of learning is a change of behavior in work-related tasks, which results in desirable changes for the business.
  3. Content evaluation. Do we make good content? How do learners interact with it? How much time do they spend on it and what parts of a course are easy or difficult for them? Reports let us know about the shortcomings of the content and what we should improve.
  4. HR and management reporting. If you need to inform stakeholders, investors, board of directors, or the head of HR about employee development, you certainly should present measurable training results to them. These data-based insights on how corporate training is going will be more than welcome.
  5. Internal issue identification. In terms of incident management, if an employee makes a mistake that impacts your company, you may need to know their performance in training precisely. Maybe they didn’t take courses on compliance? Or failed a particular test on customer service? Another example is when you need to make personnel changes. Then it’s important to understand a person’s commitment to learning. Did they study regularly and accomplish courses? Or did they even try to learn?

It takes no effort to address these tasks with LMS reports because they are typically out-of-the-box solutions. Also, they can support data layout and make your statistics neatly organized and structured on templates. In various LMSs, reporting is pretty similar, but we’ll take iSpring Learn LMS as an example in order to explain it.

For your convenience, we’ve organized these LMS reporting capabilities into four major categories. They are four types of metrics that you can use for specific tasks. Let’s dive in. Read more