Dynamic. Lisa Welch.
26 April 2022
Creating the best LMS platform in the UK
Here at Dynamic, we’re always working to make the dynamicLMS the best LMS platform in the UK. The dynamicLMS is already one of the most feature-rich LMS platforms available today and we’re always launching new features to help deliver learning to your team.
We’ve brought together some of the less well-known features that are available right now on the dynamicLMS. How many of these do you already use?
Archiving courses on your LMS platform
Did you know that you can hide and archive courses within the dynamicLMS? You may find that your LMS is getting busy with courses that you no longer need or want your users to access but you don’t want to lose the completion data from them, therefore, why not use the hiding or archiving functions.
You can set your courses to be hidden using the eye icon within the Manage Courses section of the LMS. This will mean that student users will no longer be able to see or access the course, however, their training records are preserved and you can still report on the course should you need to.
By creating a category within the LMS that is named Archive and moving your hidden courses into this category, you create an area to store your no-longer needed courses. The dynamicLMS Site Reports function picks up this folder name and gives you the option of not displaying archived courses in the main site reports. This is useful if you have a large number of older, hidden courses that you don’t want site or group managers seeing in the reports or selecting by mistake.
Dynamic LMS Resources block
Ever needed a place to store documents or podcasts, or to create a repository of resources for your users? Why not use the Resources block?
This block can be placed on your user dashboard so that it’s accessible to all users.
The Resources tab of the block allows administrators to create quick access to courses where relevant general resources are held. These courses are set up with guest access so that there is no requirement to be enrolled on the course and there is no course tracking. For example, this can be a particularly useful area to hold all of your company policy documents or video podcasts, etc. You could have a separate course for each resource, or create a course which holds several resources under a common theme, e.g. communication resources might contain several PDFs and videos.
For a course to appear in the Resources block, you need to have a Resources category set up in your course catalogue and create the courses inside this category and set as guest access.
If you would like to start using the Resources block you can add it to your Default Dashboard page (Site administration > Appearance > Default Dashboard page). From the Add a block menu choose the Tabbed block option. Then configure your block to use the block selections Private Files and Resources. Don’t forget to use the Reset Dashboard for all users button to ensure that your changes are pushed out to your users.
If you require assistance in setting up this block or would like any further information about resources and guest access courses, please get in touch today.
Reporting on activities in your LMS platform
You may already be using the great dynamicLMS reports on how and when your learners completed a course, but did you know you can also report on the specific activities within a course? The dynamicLMS has specific activity reports that can provide you with information about activities, such as SCORM, Quiz and Face-to-face.
This is really useful if you would like to see more detailed information about users’ attempts at certain activities, for example scores on quizzes or different attendance statuses with the face-to-face activity.
While the options for displaying content are creatively boundless, here’s a sample of some of the things we can include:
The SCORM report shows detail of the activity or activities within a course that you have selected. You can create the report based on certain profile field data and choose the type of status you want to report on, whether this be Completed, Passed, Failed, Incomplete, All active statuses or Not started.
The quiz report shows the quiz activity status and score for one or more quiz activities within the selected course. You can create the report based on certain profile field data and choose the attempt status that you want to view. The report shows how many attempts a user has had, their completion date, score and the grade they are required to achieve to pass the quiz.
Quizzes have further reporting that allows you to dig into specific quiz activities and attempts for each user. You can see detail of which questions the user has answered correctly/incorrectly and by drilling even further, you can see the answers that they chose. This report is accessible within the quiz itself, from the Quiz administration menu > Results > Grades.
This report provides detail for the face-to-face sessions within a course. You can select different session statuses (i.e. Session over, Booking open, etc.) and the attendance status of the session (i.e. Booked, Fully attended, etc.).
The report shows the activity names, dates of the sessions and the statuses of the session.
All of our reports can be downloaded into Excel to review or filter as necessary.
Want to know how many user views your course activities are getting? When you are viewing a specific course there are further course reports available. Go to the course actions menu – More > Reports (tab) > Activity report. This shows how many different users have viewed each activity in the course and how many total views there have been.
When viewing specific activities, such as Quizzes and Feedback, you can also see more detailed activity level reporting. We will provide more information on quizzes and quiz reporting in a future update.
Which other features does the dynamicLMS have as standard?
We’re always working to make the dynamicLMS the best LMS platform in the UK, and part of that involves a huge range of premium features all available as standard. The dynamicLMS is already one of the most feature-rich LMS platforms available today and we’d love to talk to you about which features you use, and what you’d like to see us develop next.
Get in touch.
If you think that the best LMS in the UK could help your team, want any more information or would like to arrange a demonstration, it would be great to hear from you.