How to measure the training effectiveness of your online course with Moodle #Moodletips

“The only thing worse than training employees and losing them is to not train them and keep them”.

This quote by Zig Ziglar puts all the more emphasis on training in the era of the corporate world. In one of the reports by ASTD, it mentioned the US alone spends $165 billion on employee training and that an average employee receives about 30 hours of training per year.

This again emphasizes that training is not only important but, organizations too are serious about getting their employees trained. Having set a strong ground that training is important and that everyone is joining the bandwagon, are we really checking if it’s even worth the pain? Or the money that we are about to blow in it? How are we measuring the effectiveness of a particular training?

How to measure the training effectiveness of your online course with Moodle #Moodletips

Moodle is a simple yet very powerful LMS which is widely used by many organizations. If you too are new to Moodle, here’s how you can get started:

Course reports for trainers

Grader Report

If you are thinking, well this is just the place where you can get grades, you are then. Here’s what moodle has to say about it, “The grader report collects items that have been graded from the various parts of Moodle that are assessed, and allows you to view and change them as well as sort them out into categories and calculate totals in various ways.”. So you can actually dice the data and analyze it.

How to measure the training effectiveness of your online course with Moodle #Moodletips

Here’s the link where you can also get more information.

https://docs.moodle.org/32/en/Grader_report

User Report

So you want to go granular and see one trainee’s report? No problems, User report is here to rescue. Not only will you get to know the individual’s grade but you will also know the complete breakdown of grades in the course, the optional teacher given feedback, the position of each grade in comparison with the rest of the class and a lot more.

Here’s a screenshot for the same,

How to measure the training effectiveness of your online course with Moodle #Moodletips

If you want to know more about what more can be done, go here,

https://docs.moodle.org/32/en/User_report

Activity completion report

This is the perfect place to track students progress in a particular course. Users have an easy checklist on what they have completed so far. This report can be linked to course completion and conditional activities which then allows both trainer and the trainee to check the progress through the course.

How to measure the training effectiveness of your online course with Moodle #Moodletips

Here’s the link with more information,

https://docs.moodle.org/32/en/Using_Activity_completion

Activity report

  • Course activity – The activity report shows the number of views for each activity in a particular course and it can be accessed by trainers and managers.
  • Individual activity – Trainees have access to report which shows their contributions such as blogs, forum posts etc,

Check out this link for more information.


Even now Moodle reports are the most requested moodle feature as its certainly essential to understand and analyze how effective the training is. Moodle reports certainly have its own limitations and can’t be used for advanced reporting unless customized to your exact needs. You can also opt for Paradiso Solutions advanced reporting which can be customized to the fullest as per your needs.

All in all there are many ways to measure if the training done is effective or not. If you have not started measuring training effectiveness then NOW is the best time & if you are, do share on tips on how you are doing the same.

This article is contributed by MoodleWorld sponsor – Paradiso Solutions. Check out their website https://www.paradisosolutions.com/ to know about their complete offerings.

Jaswinder Singh

Jaswinder Singh, passionate about using Moodle in improving the Indian Education System and reaching the students in far flung areas where still education seems to be a impossible prospect of life. He is the author of the popular Moodle Book "How to use Moodle 2.7". In October 2016, Jaswinder was elected as the Moodle User's Association Committee member - the first to make it from India.

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