The Genius Dashboard is the place where you will find all the information you need about your learning journey. However, at Genius, we try not to "bombard" you with numbers and figures about your progress. Instead, we have created a visual interface that informs you about your progress, performance and engagement in your learning journey in an intuitive way, while still providing you with figures that let you analyze your progression in greater detail.
As a learner, why should you care about your engagement and your progression, and why did we design Genius to help you see how you are doing in such a detailed way throughout your learning journey? Well, the answer is simple - this information will also be available to your instructors and your manager. If completing your assigned learning is part of your job, the Genius Learner's Dashboard will help you achieve your goals faster, and ensure that your managers and instructors also see that you are committed to the cause.
In this Article, we provide you with an overview of your Learner's Dashboard and you can use it to obtain information about your courses, your activity and your engagement throughout the learning journey.
Are we there yet?
The Genius Learner's Dashboard is a tool with many uses, but it can't do everything. If you are looking for information about how you can browse for, search, enroll in and pay for your courses, the Dashboard is not the right place for you. If you want to learn more about how to obtain more information about your engagement throughout the learning journey, please read on.
Below, we provide an overview of the Genius Dashboard. Because it has many moving parts, we have decided to split it in three sections, all of which are explained in detail below. These sections are:
- About your Courses
- About your Activity
- Measuring your Engagement
The following screenshot shows how the real estate in your Dashboard has been divided up according to this classification:
Each section in this Article has been devoted to describing the boxes that make up each one of these sections in detail. Please read on to find out more about the boxes in the About your Courses section.
About your Courses
The About your Courses section of your Dashboard focuses mostly on the activity around the courses you are enrolled in Genius. Below, we describe each of the components of this section - and we explain how to make the most out of the visualizations we have put at your fingertips.
Active Courses shows the courses that you are enrolled with and that are currently active. This means that the course is currently ongoing and that your participation is expected. For each course that you are enrolled with, Active Courses shows you:
- Your grade in the course so far, in %
- Your progression in the course, in a progress bar
- The start and end dates of your course, in MMM-DD-YYYY format
- The number of page views and the number of days since you last accessed the course
- The total time you have spent in each course, in minutes.
As you can see, the Dashboard lets you see your progress, your performance and your engagement through a simple, easy to use interface:
- Progress is shown explicitly through a Progress Bar that gives you a visual cue about how far you have advanced in each of the courses that you are enrolled in.
- Performance is also visualized through your cumulative grade to-date in the course. Note that this not your final grade. You should read this result as "what my grade would be today if the course ended right now".
- Finally, engagement is shown by letting you know how many times you have accessed the course's content (your page views) and how long you've spent in the course.
But wait - there is more. The color of the tiles by each of the courses in your Active Courses tab also means something:
- Green around the grade for your course means that this course is in progress and that you are making good progress towards its completion.
- Purple means that this course is overdue. This means that you are not making progress fast enough to complete the course on time. More about this below.
- Orange around the grade for your course means that this particular course has not been started yet. If you enrolled in a course a few weeks ago, this could be problematic.
When your instructor creates a course in Genius, he or she can define a "pace" for completion - for example, 2 weeks into a 4-week course, you should have completed 50% of the material. If your progress to date is faster than this expected pace, your tile will be green. If it's slower, it will be purple. And if you haven't started your course, it will be orange.
Keep in mind that your manager and instructor also have a dashboard, where this information is also visible to them. You may receive emails from them if you have not made progress in your coursework - and they will also receive emails from the system listing learners who are struggling with their assigned material. This way, Genius adds transparency to the learning process.
Completed courses are courses that you have already passed and obtained your final grade for. Genius lists those separately from your Active courses, allowing you to quickly scan through your accomplishments and see not just the list of courses that you completed as a learner within the system, but also the grade you achieved in those courses from one place.
This is also where you would go to issue your transcripts and certificates of completion. This may be important if you need to show evidence that you have completed specific training about a certain topic.
Research shows that the more that a learner interacts with his or her course material, the higher his or her grade in the course tends to be. This is why engagement is so important for many organizations that have created learning initiatives. Genius has many ways of measuring your engagement with the course material - and one of them is to count the number of times that you have accessed the material in your assigned courses.
Most courses, especially online and blended learning opportunities, are made up of units or assignments. Genius keeps track of these sub-components for you - and keeps a record of the assignments you have completed for the courses that are currently active. This is another measure of your engagement with the course material.
As we describe above, Overdue courses are courses where your progress has not been as fast as expected. As you can imagine, this is not desirable. Genius shows you how many of the courses that you are currently enrolled in are actually overdue on the top right-hand corner of your screen.
In general, you want to make sure that this number is low - otherwise, you may find that you are running out of time to complete your assigned coursework.
About your Activity
This section of the Dashboard is designed to show you an overview of your progress, your performance and your engagement at the personal level. In About your Courses, we discussed how the Dashboard was designed to help you understand how you were doing in each individual course.
About your Activity, on the other hand, shows how you are doing as a learner, across all of your courses. Let's go over this part of the dashboard now:
Enrollment Status shows a combined status of the courses that you are currently enrolled in through a visualization that resembles a pie chart. Through this visualization, you can quickly see the courses in which you are making progress and the courses in which you need to focus on to ensure that you meet the deadlines of your courses in time:
In Genius, it is possible to group one or more courses into what we call a learning path. A Learning Path makes it possible for organizations to create certificate programs. For example - in order to receive a certificate in First Aid, a learner must complete three courses - one in CPR, another in Broken Bones and Arms, and another in Wounds and Cuts. When all three of those courses are completed, the learner can receive a certificate evidencing his mastery of the content.
As you can imagine, learning paths are key to many training initiatives, as they allow managers and instructors to group related courses together and to create learning packages that help improve their members' skills in a specific area.
Because of this, the Genius Learner's Dashboard makes it possible for you to see the status of each course in each learning path that you are enrolled in through the Learning Paths box:
The Learning Paths box shows you the names of the learning paths that you are enrolled in through a tab system. Click on the learning path to learn more about your status in that specific set of courses. The name of the Learning Path will become green, and Genius will list:
- all the courses that make up that path
- your status in those courses (not started, in progress, completed or overdue)
This makes it possible for you to keep tabs on your progress towards completing your assigned learning paths - and makes it possible to know which courses you have to focus on to complete a specific learning path.
Finally, as we have explained above, Genius also makes it possible for you to visualize your engagement in your coursework by keeping track of the number of times that you have accessed your course content in the last 30 days through a tailored visualization:
This is a rough but effective way to tell how engaged you are with your course content. Keep in mind that engagement is a strong predictor of performance - so if you want to do well in your courses, you will want to constantly use Genius and your LMS to access your course content and get the most out of your learning experience.
Measuring your Engagement
Finally, the last section of the Genius Learner's Dashboard is specifically designed to provide you with multiple metrics that help you measure your engagement with your learning content. We also provide you with visualizations that let you compare your performance, progress and engagement not just with your own trends, but also with other learners in a similar position in your organization:
We provide a bit more detail about each of the visualizations provided in this section of the Learner's Dashboard below:
Average Grade provides you with a view of the mean grade across all courses. However, the visualization we have created for you allows you to compare your performance with that of your affiliation and finally, with the organization as a whole:
Your affiliation in Genius will usually be your department, but this may not necessarily be the case. Affiliations allow Genius to map your organization's structure in the solution - but whether you will be grouped with your teammates or not depends on how users have been classified by your organization.
Through this visualization, you can compare your performance against that of your peers - and make sure that you are ahead of the pack in terms of grading if you fall behind!
Completed Courses shows you the number of courses that you have completed - again, compared with the number of courses that your peers in your affiliation have completed and also compared with the number of courses that all the users in your organization have completed:
As you can imagine, Completed Courses is a measure of your progress, i.e. the number of courses that you have completed since you were first created as a user in the Genius solution.
Average Days to Complete
As it ¡s name indicates, Average Days to Complete shows you the time it takes you to complete a course in the Genius solution. You can also compare your result with the amount of time it takes both your peers in the affiliation and your colleagues across your organization, as with the other metrics included in this section of the Dashboard:
Accesses per Week
Finally, Accesses per Week helps you compare your engagement across both your affiliation and the organization as a whole. We note that your manager can also view this information - and page views can be a strong predictor of success in your courses:
Can I change the visualizations in my Dashboard?
Unfortunately, as a learner, you cannot make changes to the visualizations provided in your Dashboard. If your organization would like to see different data in your Dashboard, the Genius team can create new visualizations for your organization. Please contact your Manager or your System Administrator if you would like to see any changes to your Dashboard.
How do I make sense of all these numbers?
Please read through this article again, where we provide you with a detailed explanation of what each section of the dashboard does and how you can interpret the numbers and the visualizations we have created for you. If you are still unclear about the meaning of the figures we have provided for you, please use the Comments section below to post your question - and a member of our team will be.
To learn more...
The Genius Learner's Dashboard is a very complete tool that helps you access both the courses you are currently taking as well as key information about courses you have already completed. From the Dashboard, you can launch your courses and begin learning - but if you want to browse, search for and learn more about your courses, you need to use the Genius Course Catalog.
The sidebar on the left hand side of your interface also lets you edit your personal information and gain access to your transcripts - allowing you complete control and visibility over your learning experience.