Dashboards and Reports

21st Oct 2013

Dashboards and reports are both great methods for keeping on track of development. Managers can drill through to see the overall progress of departments, teams or individuals, and learners can see their own development through their PDPs. They provide a quick view of the most fundamental information with regards to development and learning activities. Here are the top 6 benefits of implementing dashboards and reports into your LMS:

Real Time View of Learning Activities: Employees at all levels can view data quickly and easily by accessing their dashboards via the LMS. Managers can see a complete overview of learning activities, including course completion, individual learner progress, department achievements and more, where learners can see upcoming activities and development through their PDPs, as well as their development in relation to the progress of their peers.

A useful aspect of dashboards is the ability to view data in real-time. It is a particularly useful feature for learners as they can see the data shift each time an activity is completed. It helps learners to keep on top of their development by showing what stage they’re at in comparison to where they should be.

Course level reporting: Course level reporting is important for managers and administrators, particularly where compliance/regulatory training is concerned. Dashboards and reports can be created to show whether or not all employees have completed the assessments to the correct standard, and managers can take action if the company is not meeting the minimum requirements. The Learning Platform automatically tracks all learning activity, which takes a lot of pressure away from administrators as it can send automated alerts when a deadline is approaching or has been missed, allowing managers to deal with the situation as appropriate.

Learner-level reporting: This is useful for managers and administrators to track progress and development of individual learners. Through dashboards they can drill down through departments, teams, right through to individuals to see how they are progressing through their learning activities. It may again be a case of offering praise or support to the learner, but it could also provide an insight into particular strong skills which could be used to educate other team members, or transferred into a different team to be put to better use.

Novel ways to present data to learners: Dashboards can be designed around a theme which provides a more novel and interactive experience for the learner. For example, Kia Motors UK use bronze, silver and gold ratings to show the learners’ progress through their PDPs, and Mazda Motors UK use a traffic light system to highlight the urgency of activities on the dashboards. Both these novel ideas encourage learners to get online and work to keep up with their learning on order to get a gold rating, or move all their learning into a green light.

Relevant Widgets: The dashboards can include any data that is relevant to the particular company, location, department, team or role. Each widget can be in the form of a graph, table, list, or any format which represents the information in the best way. For each person, the data will include the most fundamental information with regards to learning activities, such as mandatory regulatory training, upcoming courses, and assessment deadlines.

Responsibility: With such a great insight into personal development and achievements, the dashboards encourage learners to take responsibility for their own learning and progress in the company. By seeing how well they are doing in comparison to their peers, it can motivate employees to try to work beyond expectations, which can be addressed during reviews and could potentially result in extra responsibilities on the job, or the chance to take more training in particular areas of interest. It also enables learners to receive help in areas where they are struggling in order to keep up with peers.