5 Reasons Why Learning Analytics Stimulates eLearning More

#1 Personalized Learning Space and Pace

This post aims to remind people of their growth in anything as an absolute. You like to do things at your own pace. And every learner cannot learn at the level and pace with the rest of them. In the same way, the learning analytics helps your learners find their learning space and pace for optimum learning outcomes, which help in effective organizational decision-making. For doing so, draw out the insights at each step of their learning curve. The insights such as the courses that suit her, the timings she prefers to learn, and such others prioritize your learner’s learning /training. To that end, it is feasible to create custom courses to bring out the best from each of your learners, allowing them to learn at the space and pace they are comfortable.

#2 Performance Forecast

A part of the usefulness of learning analytics is to predict learners’ performance in advance so that a trainer or a manager can take necessary steps to engage and encourage at-risk or low-performing learners. Either from their learning analytics from the big pile of system data or directly from themselves, you can elicit why they are not productive at so and so education/training. Ultimately, predicting the performance of your learners helps you take precautionary measures to improve their learning experiences.

#3 Perfect Your Course

Has your course gotten a smaller number of registrations? Or, is everyone passing training? Does your L&D consist of boring, monotonous text material? These facts are enough to smell a rat. The learning analytics helps you get such insights as above. Based on those invaluable suggestions, rework on your courses until you get them right enough to effectively train/educate your learners. Thus, you perfect your courses for optimum learning experiences.

#4 Productive eLearning

How do you make your learners productive at eLearning? For that purpose, you have to first improve their engagement levels beyond your courses. The learning analytics shows which courses, activities, quizzes, assignments, Scorm, or as such getting highest and lowest levels of learner engagement. Again here, if you have designed your courses properly (read, engagingly) based on the insights, you automatically increase your learners’ productivity for better profits. Otherwise, you have to check for where the learners are going wrong, why they are going wrong, and how to get over that unproductivity. You can draw such crucial insights from the learning analytics from your LMS.

#5 Practicable Courseware Budget

You can know to which course or part of it working or not working, then you can either focus on improving the course (or, its parts) or allocate the time and efforts to improve on what’s working for learners. Learning analytics helps you in this regard. Observing the same from your analytics, you can conclude and accordingly allocate your budget to prepare high-quality eLearning material at a reasonable cost. As a result, you cut through the cost of education/training and improve the Return On Investment (ROI). You can see all these reasons viable in LearnerScript, a Moodle learning analytics, and reporting plugin if you employ Moodle LMS. To know more about this tool, visit us or contact us.]]>

7 Advantages of Moodle LMS You Need to Know

If you don’t know what Moodle is, chances are you take that word for a kind of minutes-made Noodles (the popular South Asian dish). Unfortunately, it’s not. Moodle is an acronym for Modular Objective Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment (MOODLE) developed by the Australian educator and computer programmer, Martin Dougiamas.

It’s the first Open Source Learning Management System (LMS) brought out to the public in 2002. Since then, Moodle is the best alternative to tens of commercial LMS software. Currently, about 100 million educators have used or still using this platform.

You can be one of them. Here are some standalone characteristics/advantages of Moodle LMS for you to consider and go Moodle.

#1 Highly Configurable LMS Software

Moodle Learning Management System (or, Moodle LMS) is highly customizable LMS. Being an Open Source software, Moodle changes continually year after year, with exceptional improvements incorporated in the latest versions, from its community of developers all over the world.
Since Learning/Training and Development requirements change vis-à-vis organization objectives, Moodle allows you to make tweaks to the software. Add the required Moodle plugins, themes or whatever. That way you get the perfect LMS.
Moreover, the big advantage of this fact is that you pay for what you get. The other LMSs come as full-fledged eLearning software. That is, you may find many features which you may not use, yet you shell out more money when you buy that LMS.

#2 Moodle speaks plain PHP

If Moodle LMS is written in PHP programming language, what’s the benefit for you and me? Well, PHP is known for its easy deployment and implementation. That means, the language paves the perfect way for endless capabilities and functionality expansions in the future.
Hence, the continual updating of Moodle in the form of its versions is feasible. So, you won’t lag behind your competitors when it comes to leveraging the technology for learning/training and development requirements. Moreover, its flexibility to run on any platform such as Linux, Unix, Windows, macOS, and even on the newcomer Ubuntu has made PHP a preferred choice for writing Moodle LMS software.
All in all, writing Moodle software in PHP has made the Moodle LMS independent of any platform, just like its software language.

#3 Plugins, plenty!

Chances are that no other LMS except Moodle will have these many plugins. Moodle plugins directory tells us that there is about 1601 plugin, and they are downloaded 366.6K times! (The stats are taken at the time of writing this article).
These add-ons give you great flexibility; whenever you want to enhance your LMS, you can add them. Otherwise, you can discard the same. Isn’t it a cool thing?
Moreover, some add-ons to Moodle are commercially available. The plugins such as – Edwiser RemUI, H5P, Congrea, Poodll, LearnerScript, etc. to name a few, are nothing short of excellence. Plugins like those will not only give it an edge over the other LMSs, but they also make it a great substitute.

#4 Global expertise community

In Spielberg’s Jurassic Park, John Hammond, the millionaire who leases an island to build the Park, exudes in a panicking scene, “who else can I trust than the dinosaur expert (Dr. Alan Grant).” Trust the experts!
Because Moodle has a strong network of 88 partners (at the time of writing this article) and hundreds of millions of users, developers, admins, teachers, etc. around the world. No other LMS has such committed professional network except Moodle LMS. Also, Moodle HQ conducts MoodleMoots around the world to strengthen the community and to discuss anything Moodle.

#5 Assessment-type flexibility

Before writing this article, I met a seasoned Moodle developer and asked him, saying, “what is one big advantage of Moodle (over other LMSs) you observed over the years as a developer, which a commoner cannot find it on Google?”
“Quizzes,” he replied. “They are the heart of Moodle LMS. Unlike the other LMSs available on the market, Moodle offers a variety of assessment types: questionnaire, quizzes, assignments, hot spots, audio-and-video type assessment, etc. all for free cost.”
“It all depends on the kind of assessment that best fits your organization L & D goals, and moreover, if learning is not measured for development, what’s the use of learning after all,” the moodler continued. And the bottom line here, similar to the words of Hal Elrod – The Miracle Morning guy, is this: Learn, measure and grow! The Moodle LMS simply facilitates this approach for you.

#6 Learning Analytics tools

You might remember this famous quote from Peter Drucker, “ What gets measured gets managed.” As I have mentioned it the above paragraph, it’s no use if your eLearning on Moodle is not measured and analyzed for actionable insights to enhance your learning outcomes. These Moodle insights will play a constructive, crucial role for organizations and individuals alike to chart their course of learning action respectively.
For that purpose of getting learning analytics, you will find more or less a dozen analytics and reporting tools available for Moodle LMS. Some of them, like LearnerScript, belong to the Moodle family.
You can read more about this section in my previous article, published in the eLearning Industry

#7 Feedback System

The feedback system in Moodle is part and parcel of the LMS. It helps understand how your course, trainers/teachers, pedagogic methods are doing, which otherwise not possible to know.
The feedback in Moodle aims at improving the quality of L&D efforts. In other words, it helps to put a check to formality-kind-of training which is only a burden and diminishes the chances of better ROI of your organization. To assess your training whether it’s productive or not, various types of questions such as multiple-choice, essay answers, and as such form the feedback in the system.
For more about the advantages of Moodle LMS and its services, enquire with us now. There’s lots more in store for you!

Introducing LearnerScript, the Learning Analytics Tool for Moodle LMS



At the outset, we at eAbyas are excited to announce today the launching of LearnerScript – the advanced learning analytics tool, a built-in plugin for the popular Moodle LMS.

This Moodle plugin is the only one of its kind

We are excited because this reporting tool is certainly something that’s gonna make a world of difference for Moodle learning analytics for good. That’s why we are eager to share this good news with all the folks who use the Moodle platform around the world.

Wondering? You will be. In fact, even more, when you actually make use of this Moodle plugin for reporting of e-Learning/training data.

But why another analytics tool? You may ask us.
Okay. See this.

The first and foremost, LearnerScript is designed by a Moodle partner, especially for Moodle. It’s not a third-party tool, but a built-in plugin on Moodle platform itself. That means you are free from sharing your LMS data with a third-party reporting tool.

And, using LearnerScript, you can create role-wise multiple dashboards for multiple roles for your organization. What a big relief!

Coming to making reports, as a Moodle admin you can create customized reports from the LMS data depending upon your requirement. It’s no rocket science. This Moodle plugin is that handy.
Thus, you say goodbye with this awesome tool to uncustomizable reports and dashboards that serve your purpose the least.

Want to use canned reports when you are running out of time? Fine, there are 40 plus canned reports at your disposal.

Either way, LearnerScript serves your need the best.

And, cost-wise?

Yes, the cost on the tool won’t break your bank for sure. No monthly or annual subscriptions.
However, you get the complete tool (that is, it’s source code) on One Time Purchase with one-year premium support. All that without any hidden costs. Absolutely!

One more thing. LearnerScript is completely mobile-responsive. That is, as a Moodle admin or user, you can easily switch between the devices to use this reporting tool, anywhere and anytime.
In a nutshell, this is the analytics plugin built for Moodle by a Moodle Partner. To know more about the highlights of its features, visit LearnerScript.com now.

6 updates you need to know from Moodle 3.7 release

Moodle 3.7


It’s good news for all the Moodle educators and moodlers out there across the globe: Moodle released its latest version Moodle 3.7 on 20th May. And here is what you can take away from the Moodle’s latest release:

#1 A brand new Classic Theme
Themes are great for improving the look and feel of a Moodle site. In its Moodle 3.7 release, Moodle HQ introduces a new theme called Classic Theme. As you may have known this fact: the Moodle users can apply a theme to site, category, course or activity levels (See Moodle Docs on the topic).
The new theme is based on Bootstrap 4 and has the familiar three-column structure where the users can keep the blocks to the left or the right of the main content.
Moreover, you can customize the theme with preset background images, add branding colors to links, buttons, navigation bar, etc. Thus, you may the site look the way you want it to be.

#2 Dynamic Forums
Moodle HQ significantly enhanced Moodle forums by adding the latest features for better engagement of the folks. And here you can see the list of new additions:
· In-line responses
· Private replies
· Star and sort a discussion
· Manual locking of discussion threads
· In-page forum reply, and so on

#3 Personalized Messaging
In the latest Moodle release, Moodle HQ seems to have focused more on the user engagement front. The improvements in communication channels such as forums, messaging imply it. Here are some of the enhancements in messaging:
a. You can mute the conversations
b. Personal space for drafting messages
c. Teachers can delete group messages for entire group
d. A-see-all-messages link for overview
e. Now permitted users can post from iframes and so on

#4 Digital Credentials through Open Badges 2.0
Moodle 3.7 allows a Moodle site to connect with Badgr backpack. This new feature allows learners to carry their digital credentials – badges throughout their learning.
By the way, the badges are given to acknowledge your learning achievements.

#5 No Code for creating new Learning Analytics model
The latest improvements to the Moodle Learning Analytics help Moodle admin to create new learning analytics model, without the necessity to code. At the same, the admin can export or import the newly created analytics model.

#6 LTI 1.3 Compliance for safe and secure access
Moodle 3.7 is compliant with Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) 1.3. So, what’s its use? Well, it primarily enhances the students’ privacy and security on the LMS.
Thus, the LTI provides a platform for the safe and secure integration of your learning applications (tools) and Learning Management Systems (LMSs).

#7  Fine-tuning Assignment
With the Moodle 3.7 version, a teacher has got the option to ‘not to show the grader’ to their students. Here are some other functional improvements:
· Teachers have also got the ability to ‘delete any assignment file submissions’
· Moodle 3.7 delivers improved statements for assignment submissions
For more information on Moodle 3.7 and the detailed improvements on this version, see Moodle 3.7 release notes on the Moodle site.