LearnDash Group Registration v3.6.3The version 3.6.3 of the LearnDash Group Registration plugin includes two primary features:
- Password Reset
- Course Listing
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The fundamental requirement of a university website is to organize and manage content for its various departments and streams. Now, as each department has its own individual courses and content, it can be very difficult to manage them simultaneously.
Course creation for a university website requires a strong LMS platform which can handle different types of content, manage a large number of students, support all the peripherals like quizzes, assignments, multiple question types, provide various hierarchical course structures, control end-user access, enable drip-feed content, and provide for discussion forums for the students enrolled in the course.
Given this long list, it is no wonder that very few learning management systems can be considered here. Of these, LearnDash offers some of the best features one could ask for, for easily creating and managing courses.
LearnDash offers the needed functionality to setup any e-learning website. Out-of-the-box you’ve got:
After the LMS has been chosen, we move on to addressing the issue of the actual management of courses. LearnDash lets you, as the site admin, create all kinds of courses and conduct them. However, none of the other, in-built user roles have a similar capability, which effectively implies that you yourself must be the one creating and marketing these courses.
This may not always be practically possible, especially considering the sheer number of courses you would have to work on, given that this is a university website, for the various departments, streams, and subjects offered.
Hence, as the admin for the website, there are two ways in which you can handle this situation without letting it get way out of hand,
Let us discuss both the methods in detail.
In the first method, you are essentially giving equal power to all the other people, to whom you have assigned the ‘Admin’ user role, to make changes to your website. While this can be beneficial from the point of view of dividing the work, there are some serious disadvantages. Have you spotted them yet?
Firstly, you are opening up your core website to dozens of people. Anybody of these can change the layout, add or remove plugins, edit pages, posts, even the other authors’ courses; in other words, they are free to wreak havoc as they see fit. It can result into a classic case of too many cooks, as each will have their own idea as to how the website should ideally look and be structured.
Secondly, giving access to the heart of your website to a large number of people cannot be healthy from a security point of view. Even taking into consideration the fact that you implicitly trust all of your fellow admins, there remains a strong possibility of your site being hacked or attacked by malicious users. Besides, this limits the creation of your courses, as it necessitates the development of trust between you and your author, before you can grant him access to your site.
Thirdly, the addition of multiple admins opens up all your commercial transactions on the website for everyone’s perusal. Needless to say, this can be disastrous at the very least.
To avoid this minefield, it is a better idea to opt for the latter option, i.e., the one where you simply create and assign ‘Instructor’ capabilities to all your course authors, instead of making them administrators, by using the Instructor Role plugin for LearnDash.
The plugin adds an additional user role, i.e the ‘Instructor’ user role to your roster, which can be assigned like the other roles to your professors and teachers who are to be conducting their own courses.
The biggest advantage here is that assigning the Instructor user role significantly limits the author’s capabilities towards interfering with your website. As an instructor, the author can create and manage their courses completely, including quiz creation, assignment management, gamification integration, etc., but they cannot meddle with any other part of the website, without being granted the requisite permission.
This makes redundant all the latter concerns of content and commercial security, as you are not relinquishing the core functionalities of your website to anybody else. More, it gives you the freedom of adding any number of Instructors, as well as guest authors, without having to run them through a screening test!
Another advantage is that the overall control still remains in your hands, as the website administrator, and all your Instructors are answerable for their content, unless you decide otherwise.
The Instructor Role plugin for LearnDash allows the course author to retain his/her creative freedom, without reducing your control over the university website. In addition, you can set up a percentage commission to be drawn from guest Instructors, who wish to conduct their courses on your website.
Instructor Role and LearnDash work hand-in-hand with each other to help you create beautiful courses for your university website. As LearnDash is compatible with WordPress multisite too, this functionality can be successfully extended to create courses on multiple websites for all your departments!
Running a LearnDash site single-handedly is not easy!
Along with creating and publishing quality content, you also wear the hats of a course designer, the site admin, a digital marketer and/or occasionally, a salesman. (Hint: That’s several hats too many!)
If you’re a descendant of Da Vinci who does all of the above and still has time to catch your favourite show on primetime, hats off to you (all of them). But for most mortals, creating content and managing the traffic along with strategizing growth via marketing is.. well, too much.
Best case scenario when you do it all yourself? You manage to grow your user-base until it hits an upper limit of sorts. The competition catches up to you. From there on, it can be a rough road downhill, and will most likely result in your content quality and web traffic taking a massive hit. Naturally, the same would apply to your revenue. So how do you solve this problem?!
Redistribute the proverbial hats. Assign content creating/publishing responsibilities to your instructors while you focus on marketing strategies and growing your website. And this time around, the growth will be exponential!
Instructor role is an extension that adds the user role of an ‘Instructor’ to your LearnDash site, perfect for when you want to redistribute or outsource content creation and publishing. With an additional user role that’s custom made for Instructors, managing content on your LearnDash site will not just be easy, but also optimized for your target demographic.
The applications are umpteen! Here are some of the ways in which Instructor Role for LearnDash can benefit your website:
Instructor Role has been highly acclaimed by our users, and LearnDash loves it too. We want to keep the momentum going, and have so much more to offer you in terms of features and functionality!!
Getting down to the technical bits:
Let’s stop here! Explore the product in detail, checkout the features, ask us questions- make course management simple! 🙂
It’s raining updates!
With their latest versions, the plugins provide support for course sells using Easy Digital Downloads.
LearnDash owners using Easy Digital Downloads can now seamlessly integrate the multiple instructor role or group registration functionality into their LMS.
Out-of-the-box, LearnDash was suitably built for single course administrators.
However, several users were missing out on the multiple instructor functionality – wherein users could sign up as teachers or faculty members and add their own courses.
We built the Instructor role plugin to cater to this very audience. The plugin – although not dependant on WooCommerce – was made compatible with WooCommerce:
With Group Registration, we introduced the option for users to bulk purchase courses and enrol students. This plugin was built as an extension to LearnDash and WooCommerce.
While both these plugins, made life simple for LearnDash LMS owners using WooCommerce, there were several others who were missing out!
With version 3.0.0 of the Instructor Role plugin, instructors/teachers can now sell courses through EDD. Instructors commissions will be auto-calculated for courses sold through EDD as well.
Make sure you checkout the plugin’s documentation for details.
But that’s not all. We have a minor improvement for existing Instructor Roles users!
Now, all instructor communication emails to students will contain the instructor’s personal id, instead of the admin id.
The Group Registration extension for LearnDash has been integrated with Easy Digital Downloads in version 2.0.0.
Now, LearnDash admins can set up courses in EDD, which can be purchased in bulk using the Group Registration plugin. More on this is available on the plugin’s detailed documentation page.
Well, if you were waiting for this awesome functionality, all you’ve got to do is update the plugins to their latest versions, or purchase them right away! 😀
With the advent of e-learning, there has been a massive surge in the creation and development of learning management systems (LMSs). Supporting a wide spectrum of educational courses that can be conducted online, several robust LMSs offer varied features catering to institutes big and small.
LearnDash is one such powerful, WordPress based learning management system.
An intuitive and straightforward setup with all the necessary functionality and add-ons for more, it helps you design, create and sell beautiful courses online.
Here is a quick overview of the main features of LearnDash.
LearnDash allows for the creation of multi-tiered, dynamic courses with different options for content management. Course content can be either released altogether or drip-fed to the students, i.e. the subsequent lesson is displayed only after the first is completed.
Course management can be done from your WordPress interface. Advanced quizzing options with 8 different question and answer types can be flexibly added to any given test or assignment which gives you lots of permutations and combinations to work with.
LearnDash also lets you create flexible prerequisites for any given course depending on the kind of course you opt for.
Gamification is addition of bonus points, rewards and other perks that make the course engaging. LearnDash lets you add badges and custom certificates for a fun learning experience.
Users can track their progress record after logging into their accounts. Moreover, LearnDash has inbuilt email features that let you send autoresponders to students to inform them about course updates, after a long absence or recommend other courses they might like.
LearnDash generates comprehensive reports for student performance, quiz results and student progress. This can be enabled across multisites too.
LearnDash integrates with WooCommerce to sell courses efficiently. Payment methods include one time deposits or monthly subscriptions. Multiple courses can be purchased simultaneously and LearnDash is shopping cart enabled.
The one feature that LearnDash lacks however is real-time syncing of course lessons. It supports all kinds of video tutorials, external video links and offline linking of videos but does not allow for live audio-video communication.
Recent polls show that online learners keep looking for newer and better features in learning technologies. In the light of students’ desire for more collaborative tools and social interaction on e-learning platforms, lack of live-lessons is a shortcoming in the otherwise excellent LMS.
This is where the WizIQ Virtual Classroom extension comes in.
Bringing the traditional classroom experience online, the WizIQ Virtual Classroom plugin lets you connect to your student audience in real-time with high- quality audio-video lessons, interactive chats, grouped discussions and synergistic whiteboards.
Thus introducing an element of blended learning.
Here is a look at how Virtual Classroom enriches the student learning experience.
Real time audio-video communication
Virtual Classroom lets you add online sessions to your course in a variety of display sizes.
Additionally, it provides for online chats during the lecture so that there is free flow of communication between the tutor and the students. An interactive whiteboard can be used to solve problems, draw diagrams and graphs, just like in an actual classroom.
Virtual Classroom lets you add students to breakout rooms where separate sub-topics or such can be discussed. You as the moderator have sole control over all conversations and can transfer students as required.
You can jump from conversation to conversation in these breakout rooms, thereby providing a more personalized e-experience.
Various types of courseware can be supported by Virtual Classroom. You can upload PDF’s, project videos, broadcast audio recordings and more. Virtual Classroom offers multilingual support in over 19 languages. This helps you get your course localization ready and hence make it more accessible to a wider audience.
The live lectures conducted can also be recorded and stored for later use. These are protected by periodically expiring URL’s to ensure data safety.
Much like a real classroom, students can ask queries during the lesson and vice-versa. This can be further extended to conducting pop quizzes or surveys to gauge student understanding and involvement. Integrations
Besides these, the plugin also lets you communicate with the students via e-mail, for sending course updates, material and reminders.
WizIQ cannot be directly integrated with the LearnDash LMS. So how do you incorporate the Virtual Classroom feature into LearnDash and sell the course?
With the LearnDash – WizIQ Virtual Classroom Integration plugin of course! 😀
The LearnDash – WizIQ Virtual Classroom Extension integration allows you to manage Virtual Classroom via your LearnDash site and schedule classes for the same. As a synchronization plugin, it lets merge the best features of both these platforms to create a complete course online.
The plugin lets you control all your WizIQ classes via your LearnDash site.
Courses created with LearnDash can be scheduled using the WizIQ account and marketed on WordPress. Class scheduling includes deciding the class date, duration and type.
Apart from the regular attendance control options in LearnDash, WizIQ lets you track student attendance according to the entry time, exit time and total duration in the live lesson. It also lets you set a minimum duration to be attended in the lecture for it to be marked as successfully completed.
And so the system comes full circle.
When using the integration plugin, creating a separate WizIQ account is not necessary. It automatically generates a new user account when you first log-in to schedule a class on WizIQ. Also, if you have an existing WizIQ account, the plugin simply integrates the two, without necessitating the creation of a new account.
LearnDash and WizIQ are both paid plugins. The integration plugin is free of cost and can be downloaded here.
Integrating two online learning platforms, the LearnDash – WizIQ Extension lets you create your courses on LearnDash, schedule it on WizIQ and display it on your course page, keeping students continuously in the loop.
There is a positive correlation between a well-organized course and student engagement.
LearnDash inherently provides gamification options to make the course engaging. Add to that the interactive real-time lesson functionality provided by WizIQ and the interest level increases exponentially.
Know any other options to come up with an effective learning plan? Let us know in the comments section below!
One reason why LearnDash holds it’s own as a leading LMS extension on WordPress is because of the sheer number of awesome integrations in its kitty.
It could be anything; restricting content via a popular membership plugin like PaidMembershipsPro or scheduling and managing live events for your Course using Event Espresso, LearnDash covers a wide range of subsystems that can be used in sync with the LMS.
And now a Virtual Classroom service!
WisdmLabs is thrilled to announce yet another kick-ass extension for LearnDash; LearnDash-WizIQ Virtual Classroom Extension is now available for purchase download and lets you schedule live classes for your LearnDash Courses and set up a virtual classroom like environment for your learners.
WizIQ is an online education delivery platform, specializing in providing real time collaboration tools for learners in the form of audio-video communications, chat options and a whiteboarding feature, essentially setting up a virtual classroom where all members can interact with each other simultaneously.
With LearnDash-WizIQ Virtual Classroom Extension, an instructor can schedule such live sessions for his/her Courses on LearnDash. The plugin also let’s you display all the Classes scheduled and updates their statuses in real time.
LearnDash-WizIQ Extension requires your WizIQ credentials to function; which can be easily generated right from your WordPress backend in case you don’t have them.
Scheduling a class comes with a large number of versatile options, letting you choose a schedule and a format that best suits your needs. Choose an appropriate Start Date, End Date, Class Duration, max no. of attendees and also a recurrence pattern, for classes that are periodic in nature.
Classes once scheduled aren’t necessarily rigid, cancelling or editing classes can be carried out with relative ease.
And that’s not the end of it..
LearnDash-WizIQ Virtual Classroom Extension is coded to send out automated emails to all the learners enrolled in a Course whenever you Add, Edit or Cancel a scheduled class so that they always stay on top of the game.
You can also track attendance of all your virtual classroom sessions with respect to parameters like entry time and exit time of the learner.
You read that right! LearnDash-WizIQ Virtual Classroom Extension is available for direct download FREE of charge, take it for a spin and let us know how you like it in the comment section below.
For downloads, user guide and FAQs, click this link right here and say hello to virtual classrooms.
See that image there? That is the first ever WordPress theme designed by WisdmLabs. And I can’t wait to tell you all about it!
But there’s a story to this exciting development.
e-Learning on WordPress has always been one of WisdmLabs’ strongest fortes.
We handle a large number of customer queries (on a daily basis) that have us helping people with everything from setting up an LMS on their website to integrating it with various sub-systems and even developing additional plugins that extend functionality.
Many of these queries, and I mean many, have a solution that involves tweaking the existing theme so as to fit in the LMS perfectly within the website’s ecosystem. A great instance would be when, say, you need to change the template of your courses or lessons. This happens to be the case often; most online learning portals have their own personalized instructional designs for delivering courses.
But what if the theme on your website is such that it’s built ground up to maximizes the usability of an LMS on WordPress? A theme that’s built solely for the purpose of e-learning?
Pathshala is our answer to two of the most common problems of LMS management on WordPress:
Pathshala is currently optimized for LearnDash, but hey if you’d like a similar theme for your website you can just tell us!
In case you’re curious, Pathshala aptly translates to ‘school’ in Hindi.
Paathshala works with LearnDash like fire and crackers. Setting up courses, lessons, quizzes and other content for your website will be easy and can be completed within a matter of minutes. It’s all waiting in their for you.
And of course, all of the extensions for LearnDash gel in just as well.
Introduced in Pathshala is Course Categories, a new feature for LearnDash users, which conveniently sorts all your courses into categories to improve on the accessibility.
Pathshala is designed around the two best frameworks in the industry: Unyson and Bootstrap, two very good signs of excellent UI/UX. The list of all supported features is extensive, but here’s a quick sneak peek:
It integrates flawlessly with BuddyPress and bbPress, so there’s that solution to all your elearner social media and gamification needs. Should you choose monetize things, WooCommerce is exceptionally compatible too!
Oh and for those who take up the layout as an art, Pathshala also provides for Visual Page Builder to tweak and fine-tune the look and the feel as you see fit.
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