Tracking Without an LMS

Tony Karrer

I received a couple of questions around tracking. Then today, I saw a post on TrDev about tracking without an LMS and thought I should maybe clarify what I often see as the choices around tracking: a. Click tracking b. Custom tracking c. LMS tracking Click Tracking In Click Tracking, you rely on looking at logs of what pages have been clicked on and get reports via log file analysis (web analytics) tools such as WebTrends.

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The new Tracking Group

Moodle Journal

Events surrounding the new Moodle-ebs initiative are moving apace, someone, don’t ask me who, has decided we should be referred to as Tracking Group, fine, with our first meeting less than a week after inception! I am looking for a two way workflow here, Moodle-ebs, ebs-Moodle, which I am not sure has been fully appreciated by everyone, but hey a solution like that will likely have a market maybe.

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Do You WANT an LMS? Does a Learner WANT an LMS?

Tony Karrer

The tracking is not for me as a learner. I should be working on content for my presentations at DevLearn in October that look at what's next in eLearning. (As As a side note: if you are going to DevLearn and are reading this, please drop me a note.)

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At the moment all systems are go

Moodle Journal

On another note, it seems after my rather despondent posting yesterday regarding the early demise of the Moodle-ebs tracking project, I arrive back to find that its all systems go again!

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LMS Dissatisfaction on the Rise

Tony Karrer

LearningCircuits published their 2006 Survey of Learning Management Systems and one of the more interesting quotes says something about the answer to my prior question Do You WANT an LMS? From the report: Most notable, purchasers who were very satisfied with their LMS dropped considerably in 2006, decreasing from 20.3 in 2006.

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Starting to use LAMS

Moodle Journal

This is not really LD, but does provide a first class visual tracking and progress system, which just goes to show that I am not exempt from accommodation by adaptation. Set up a new domain for our Moodle courses this week at [link] and started to make some use of LAMS.

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LCB Question for December - Past Year, Present Challenges, Predictions

Tony Karrer

The questions this month are: What will you remember most about 2006? What will you remember most about 2006? I believe that I will remember 2006 as one of the more important transition years for me. The revolution in 2006 is possibly even more profound. Some of the more specific memories from 2006: I started my blog in February 2006. But by far the most vivid memory of 2006 comes from a comment made during a panel that I was moderating on eLearning 2.0.

Q&A - eLearning Standards Especially SCORM

Tony Karrer

You want to implement your courseware to the SCORM standard if you plan to have it launched and/or tracked under an LMS. One case is building a one-off course that needs simple tracking/reporting and will never run under an LMS. If you won't ever need to run it under an LMS, then SCORM is overhead you don't need (see Tracking Without an LMS ). In these cases, I'm not tracking and likely it's not under the LMS.

Direction of eLearning - Emergence or Big System

Tony Karrer

that pointed me to some presentations at alt-i 2 -lab 2006 that look at where the eLearning interoperability standards are going in the future. We cobble these together from smaller, cheaper, lighterweight solutions such as Reference Hybrids It would be great if the LMS could help us by tracking this, but instead, we end up using other tracking mechanisms. I ran across a post by Dave Boggs - More Standards In e-Learning?

Major CMS Vendor Adds LMS/SCORM Capabilities

Tony Karrer

and the possibility that we could soon be seeing something that looks more like a Wiki+Tracking capability, I just saw the news: Vignette Provides Online, On-Demand Training For Customers. They've added tracking and SCORM to their CMS solution. Relevant to the recent discussions around Do You WANT an LMS? Does a Learner WANT an LMS?

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The LCB Big Question Reframed: Should More Learning Professionals Be Blogging?

Tony Karrer

Out of the original October 2006: Should All Learning Professionals Be Blogging? Separately, Dave Lee ( The Learning Circuits Blog: Throwing a Big Community Net ) has provided a couple of interesting follow-up opportunities including keeping track of conversations across various posts that relate to the original post and a poll. we've seen some pretty amazing discussion. But, we've also reached an interesting point.

Podcast or videocast, which do you prefer?

Moodle Journal

Anyway I decided to pop one of my audio tracks into one of CrazyTalks avatars, the result, good, judging from the Moodle logs, the media is definitely getting a better response. Do you podcast you lectures? I have started this in a small way but from the system logs the results were not encouraging. Anyway I started to give the whole idea some serious thought recently.

Goodbye LMS?

Tony Karrer

The counter argument for why we need an LMS centers first and foremost on tracking required learning and secondarily on helping to communicate learning requirements. This makes me wonder if we wouldn't be happier ourselves and for our learners to have a system with the following main functions: Invisible tracking - tracks the web pages that each individual visits and activity that it corresponds to.

Definitions: ABCD Objectives

Kapp Notes

It is important to clarify the behavior because training programs can get off track when the desired outcome of the training activity is not clearly defined. Here is how to create an effective Learning Objective. A learning objective simply states the behavior orknowledge change you would like to see from a learner. An objective is the final outcome desired from a learning event.

Why You Should Provide Full Feeds (especially on Blogger)

Tony Karrer

So, I added SiteMeter to my blog to track traffic. I've been talking recently about blogging for learning professionals and claiming that as a blog reader, you spend your time in the RSS reader. Someone pointed out that many bloggers use partial feeds which forces readers to their blog. I did that for a while as well. I started with full feeds and then found myself curious about who my readers were.

How Do People Interact with Blogs?

Tony Karrer

This could be way off, but I don't really have a good way of tracking. I just encountered a situation where I honestly wasn't sure what I should do. A comment was made by Paul Coyne on my post Corporate Learning Laggards? I think the comment is so good that I'm writing a blog post to respond to the comment.

Personal and Group Learning Using Web 2.0 Tools

Tony Karrer

Overall, the set up steps are: Create one PBWiki account with appropriate settings and they will use a single shared password - but changes will be tracked back to the individual. The expectation is that some of the content will be sent around via email and sometimes it will include a brief quiz and they'll want it tracked under the LMS. In my previous post, I examined Personal Learning for Learning Professionals - Using Web 2.0 Tools to Make Reading & Research More Effective.

First Time Visitor Guide

Tony Karrer

Update 2/6/2008 based on recent Top eLearning Posts It can be daunting to visit a blog for the first time. The author(s) have been writing individual articles for months or years. This is my attempt to help you get a sense of topics of my blog and find some of the more interesting past articles. Managing your RSS Feeds - If you are considering subscribing to this blog, you might want to read this.

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Learnlets » A whole new me(me)?

Clark Quinn

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Be an Insanely Great Professional Conference Attendee (at eLearningGuild’s DevLearn)

Tony Karrer

We'd like this to be tracked through the LMS, but we are running into a problem that if we try to track it, then the LMS makes you jump through a couple of hurdles to access it. Are you tracking it? As way of introduction to this topic, let me start with a typical scenario that you will recognize if you've ever attended a professional conference. It's noon and you are heading into the lunch area. The conference organizer has put signs in the middle of each table with a topic.

Dashboards - Performance Intervention Opportunity

Tony Karrer

We have also been able to track the effectiveness of each performance suggestion based on the delta in the KPI after the plan is worked. Found this via a post on Column Two - Productive dashboards. Definitely worth a read since we've been seeing this trend as well and there is a definite opportunity to tie performance interventions to dashboards. The approach we've used with various clients is to tie each KPI to a set of performance suggestions, learning opportunities, etc.

You dont want to do it like that

Moodle Journal

Oh and while I am not on the subject, this week I literally turn my back for a moment and the whole Tracking project had been shut down, working group disbanded, and an offline alternative accepted as a short term measure, please don’t ask. I was at the conference recently and my ears picked up during the introduction when the presenter talked about his involvement in a JISC project that used the power of story for sharing of expertise.

Surveys in eLearning

Tony Karrer

It will even help send the surveys, track who's taken them and nag people who have not completed the survey. Through two recent experiences I've come to realize that many people in eLearning are not using Survey tools nearly as much as I would have thought. For my recent Collaborative Learning eLearning 2.0 Class , I used a SurveyMonkey survey to ask the class members about their background, interests and availability. You can see the survey results on the Course Wiki.

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Hope for Scormers

Moodle Journal

The problem I faced though is tracking something that essentially is just a web page. If you read my post regarding the crossword generator the other day from Eclipse, then you will know that I was intending using it on my Moodle courses, well I did and it went down very well. Of course the answer is: make a Scorm package, o yeh. I remember my first attempt at Scorm with Moodle 1.3,

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Leading with an LMS - Harmful to Your Health (or Skipping Stages in Bersin's Four Stage Model)

Tony Karrer

Alternatives are described in my article Tracking Without an LMS. I recently was piling through my stack of magazines and ran across an article in Training & Development Magazine that reference "the stages of eLearning" from a Josh Bersin report. Unfortunately, the article is only available to ASTD members and via registration at Bersin's site.

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Moving from One to Many - LMS Products are Two Generations Behind

Tony Karrer

In fact, there may be some big opportunity for more nimble players on the low end based on simple publishing (think Wiki) and simple tracking and bundles of other simple kinds of solutions to make significant in-roads.

Tools for On-Demand Information - An LMS?

Tony Karrer

Under the LMS implies that you want it to be tracked and are willing to make the user go through a bit of additional hurdle to get there. Outside the LMS implies that you want the end user to go directly to the resource via links on the intranet or through search and don't want the LMS to get in the way of this quick access at the loss of being able to track who is doing what with the content.

Better Questions for Learning Professionals

Tony Karrer

How do you track this kind of learning?

Start with Courseware or With the Other Stuff?

Tony Karrer

You built your courseware and tracked it with your LMS. It may not get tracked under the LMS. Dave Boggs recent post No eLearning Tectonic Plate Shift Here had some interesting comments about my article Shift in eLearning from Pure Courseware towards Reference Hybrids. He seems to see the same thing, but claims that it has always been this way. Has it? Or is there something different now?

Breakthrough eLearning: Be Nice to Your SME!

Breakthrough eLearning

Breakthrough eLearning Reflections on how to break through some of the barriers that prevent the achievement of excellence in eLearning.The 5-E Framework: Establish Value / Effect Change / Engage Stakeholders & Learners / Experiment / Evaluate Results Thursday, November 30, 2006 Be Nice to Your SME!

Making certificates count

Clive on Learning

We have been tracking the rise of certifications that are really just 'Certificates of Sitting'. Elliott Masie has been getting quite aeriated recently about overblown certifications - see Tougher certifications please.

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Building an Internal Simulation Capacity

The Learning Circuits

While the project was being designed, they also began a parallel track of building an internal capacity, through training and hiring and shadowing.

Herding Cats or Managing Informal Learning

The Learning Circuits

Certaining new information is learned in these conversations, but it's likely to have little benefit that can be tracked to the bottom line or the strategic plan of the company.

Blogosphere 100 X bigger than 3 years ago

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

Let's start with the stats summary: Technorati is now tracking over 50 Million Blogs. From January 2004 until July 2006, the number of blogs that Technorati tracks has continued to double every 5-7 months.

Breakthrough eLearning: Set Your eLearning Free

Breakthrough eLearning