Course Ratings in VTA v7.1

It has become common on web sites to “rate” offerings, from books to magazines to music. Now, in VTA 7.1 you can let your students rate courses.

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It has become common on web sites to “rate” offerings, from books to magazines to music. Now, in VTA 7.1 you can let your students rate courses.

Configuration for Ratings

First, you need to enable ratings in VTA Backoffice.  By default, your existing courses do not allow ratings.  To enable course ratings, check the “Allow Rating” box on the Edit Course page.  Note also in this screen shot that the current Average Rating and the total number of ratings are shown.

EnableRatings

Next, your Learner User Types should allow students and/or supervisors to rate courses.  If you do not wish certain students to rate your courses, you can create a user type for those users that denies course rating capability.

RatePermission

Rating Courses in Learner

There are two places in Learner where students can rate courses:

  1. View Lessons Page
    Once a student has completed all required lessons in a course, the Course Rating option will display.
    RateViewLessons
  2. On the My History page
    MyHistRate

To rate the course, your students simply need to click the number of stars to give to the course…saving is automatic and instantaneous.  To change a rating, just click a new “star” rating, or click the (clearrating) icon to remove the rating.

Viewing Rating Results in Learner

Average ratings made by students are displayed on the Course Search results pages.
NewSearch
Ratings are also displayed on the Course Description and Class Description pages.

ratingsClassDesc

Backoffice Reporting

The Course Catalog report, detail version, includes the Average Rating, the Allow Rating value and the number of ratings.

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Art Werkenthin
Art Werkenthin is president of RISC, Inc. and has over 30 years' experience working with LMS systems in the Oil & Gas, Retail, Finance and other industries. Mr. Werkenthin holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.B.A. in Information Systems Management from the University of Texas. Mr. Werkenthin is a member of the ADL cmi5 committee and frequently presents on cmi5 and xAPI. Follow him on Twitter @AWerkenthin for xAPI and cmi5 updates, as well as blog post announcements.
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