5 Must-Have Features to Super Power Instructors on LearnDashOn LearnDash, instructors have the ability to create and manage courses. Automation of tasks, better means of communication, and more tools, can be of immense help.
#1 Course Reviews and Rating SystemHow well a course performs depends on the way students respond to the course content. At times, there might not be a way to assess a student’s opinion of a course. But a student’s review of the course plays a key role in letting instructors know a course’s shortfalls and to help them improve the course content. A course review and rating system provides students a platform to review course content. They can point out tough lessons, topics that need to be elaborated, and complex quizzes, to help instructors work on simplifying the content. Positive reviews can help boost instructor morale and negative ones can help them improve. Ratings dual as a sort of gamification factor if you compare instructors based on them. Course ratings can be used as a metric to motivate instructors to maintain their courses and do better. The plugin for the job: Ratings, Reviews, and Feedback for LearnDash
#2 Student Feedback SystemAlongside reviews and ratings, a student feedback system can be used to review instructors. Students can provide their opinion on instructors telling them if they are doing a good or bad job. Instructors can use this information to improve their processes and participation on your learning platform. Instructors can also use the feedback system to resolve individual student concerns and queries. The LearnDash extension that offers this feature: Ratings, Reviews, and Feedback for LearnDash
#3 Detailed Quiz ReportsJust as course content is important, analysis of student performance is equally necessary. You want instructors to get detailed reports of quizzes so that they can evaluate how well students understood the course content and their performance outcomes. Quiz reports per course and per student can help point out those lagging behind the average. Instructors can focus on these students to help them improve. The LearnDash extension you need: Quiz Reporting Bundle banner
#4 Learning Path CreationNot every student learns at the same rate or is equally competent. Hence, personalized learning paths are needed to make sure students benefit equally from the learning content. Learning paths help instructors decide the journey a student takes based on their ability or skill levels. Instead of having to individually communicate with students and help them improve, automated paths remove the need for manual intervention and take care, of course, progress journey efficiently. Student experiences are personalized and training outcomes are improved. Students enjoy learning and are happier with your platform. The plugin for the job (along with you – the LearnDash admin’s help, of course) – Uncanny Automator
#5 Instructor Profile PageAn instructor profile page can make your platform look professional and can provide instructors real estate to market their abilities and achievements. A detailed page, with the instructor’s image, bio, qualifications, and certifications, can improve the chances of students signing up for their courses. Instructors can opt to add student testimonials and ratings on their page to showcase their proficiency. What you need is – Profile Builder plugin.
Wrapping UpGiving instructors the ability to work better means you end up having higher quality content on your site and improving the learning experience for your students. With product bundles like Learner’s Power Pack, integrating these features into LearnDash becomes easier than ever. We say, more power to instructors! What are your thoughts?
eLumine 2.1.0: MyCRED Integration, Customization Options, Better Styling, and more
eLumine 2.1.0 Update in 21 seconds
- Course Upsells:- advertise course bundles, course packages on discounts, student memberships to make the student sign up for more than a single course
- Student testimonials:- to add trust factors that increase the chances of enrollment
- Related Course material or Banner ads:- to advertise books, downloadables related to your courses or display ads to earn some commission
Experience Better Styling with Design ImprovementsWith every eLumine update we guarantee upgrades in design. With v2.1.0, we smoothened out the rough edges by:
- changing the style of the scrollbar and making it sleeker
- improving the course content table and LearnDash profile table to flow better with the LearnDash layouts
- upgrading WooCommerce layouts to match the latest templates
eLumine 2.1.0: Important Fixes and TweaksWhat’s an update that doesn’t include fixing some pesky bugs? You’ll have to keep wondering ;-). Because this update packs some important fixes.
- Pagination issue for course navigation resolved
- Gutenberg compatibility upgraded
- Button alignment issues on mobile screens fixed… and minor tweaks.
Next StepsGiven the fast-changing learning ecosystem, we are a part of, it’s only natural that eLumine keeps up with the pace of being a leading LearnDash theme. The points system is sure to make your students take more action on your LearnDash website and be more active. You can also take advantage of the sidebar on your shop page to direct students to popular courses. We hope you enjoy this update and all the benefits it has to offer. Time now to update eLumine!
8 Hacks to Empower Your Students
Have a Single Transaction for Enrolment of Multiple Students into Multiple CoursesOne of the main problems students have while enrolling into multiple courses is that they are billed for each course separately. To add to this, consider a scenario where they are supposed to enroll multiple students into the course, say their friends or classmates, and there’s a recipe for mass confusion. How many email addresses, how many invoices, and how many registrations are they going to keep track of?! To make this process smoother, you can consider allowing students to bulk enroll in multiple courses simultaneously and generate a single invoice for the complete transaction. The Group Leader can then purchase multiple course licenses for multiple courses and enroll all participants in one go. Could save a lot of time, eh?
Let Admin Create Fixed Group PackagesIn an ordinary case, the Group Leader is free to create a group of however many people he/she chooses – 2, 5, 8, 17 – whatever. Even if you set a maximum license purchase limit, it can still be difficult to manage groups when they are of uneven numbers. In such a scenario, you can think of setting up fixed license packages to avoid confusion. For instance, say you set up a package of two licenses for your Psychology 101 course. Now, the students will be able to enroll in the course only in sets of two. This streamlines your headache to a great extent, as you have effectively halved the number of licenses you need to keep track of. You can take this package to 5, 8, 10, as necessary, depending on the popularity and scope of your course.
Allow Multiple Students to Register Using a Common Email AddressFor bulk registrations, sourcing and maintaining all the email addresses of group members can be a nightmare. Many a student has missed important course-related communication because the email was misspelled (a fair possibility, considering the fantastic email addresses people have), or they forgot the password to their accounts, or didn’t sync their account with their smartphone; you get the idea. Instead, it is much more convenient for the Group Leader to simply register all group members using a common email address, which can be accessed by all of them. Goodbye, ‘I didn’t get an email about the assignment’ excuse! A more efficient way of registration and management, don’t you think?
Let Admin Restrict Course Access for the Group LeaderUsually, the Group Leader is enrolled by default into the course for which he/she is purchasing licenses. However, what if the person does not want to enroll in the course? Or the Admin wants to restrict course access for the Group Leader? A better idea is to let the Group Leader add his/her own name and email address during the bulk purchase exactly the same way they are doing for the other users.
Enable the Group Leader to Manage Passwords in a Variety of WaysThis hack actually contains a world of possibilities. Passwords are the Waterloo of students these days, as it is extremely difficult to remember dozens of different passwords they set for different accounts. So, how can this process be made better, or easier? Here are a few options:
- Allow the Group Leader to see a list of usernames and passwords of all the members in the group, so, in case some member does forget his/her password, the Group Leader can check and remind the person in question.
- If we follow-up on the ‘same email address’ idea discussed above, the Group Leader can reset the passwords for the entire group in one go, by selecting the single email address for which the password is to be changed.
- Usually, there are two kinds of password settings upon enrolment – one is where the user sets the password himself, and two, where the user receives a system-generated password. Besides, in cases of group registration, the Group Leader enters the passwords for all enrolling members. For all three scenarios, you can force the user to reset the password the first time they log in to the course, as a proactive security measure.
- In continuation of this idea, the user can further be authorized to conditionally hide passwords from the Group Leader. In such a case, the Group Leader will not be able to see the password once it has been reset by the user.
Allow Admin to Re-invite a Group Leader/Student Who has Been RemovedSometimes, a Group Leader or student may have been removed from a course on account of their inactivity or any other reason. Usually, in these cases, there is no option to re-invite the removed student, other than them having to enroll again. If such a re-invite option were to be included, it would make the work of the admin much easier as it eliminates the need for the re-enrollment process. The Admin could simply send a re-invite email containing the link to rejoin the course and the user would be able to login to his/her account.
Let Group Leaders Add Other Users as Group LeadersWithin a group, there is only one Group Leader, but in cases of larger groups, having just one leader might prove to be an inadequate point of contact. Instead, you could enable the Group Leader to add other users as Group Leaders, within that group. Sort of how a WhatsApp Group Chat has multiple Admins.
Allow the Group Leader to Suspend/Activate a User AccountIn ordinary cases, only the Admin has the authority to remove a user from the course. However, in cases where there are hundreds of enrolments, the Admin could authorize the Group Leaders to Suspend/Remove a group member without waiting for Admin approval. Of course, this task would have to necessarily be handed to trustworthy Group Leaders to ensure that the authority was not abused, but nevertheless, it would be an effective method of delegating tasks that the Admin cannot spend time on.
EndnoteThese were some of the ideas on a LearnDash website we thought could be useful in streamlining the group registration and user management process. The idea is to make the process as frictionless as possible, to help the users have a great user experience. As course authors or website administrators, implementing these hacks can go a long way in reducing drop-offs during registration. Admittedly, there are a lot of group registration plugins for LearnDash out there that do a good job of enrolling and managing students, but there’s always scope for improvement, right? Besides, most of them have none or few of these functionalities, as of now. Simple customizations, however, can get them to work the way you want. What do you think of these hacks for empowering e-learning users we’ve mentioned? Would you like to get these functionalities for your website? Or perhaps, add a few hacks of your own? Drop a comment to let us know!
Changes in LearnDashA while after Advanced Course Manager (ACM) was launched, LearnDash announced its latest update with a course builder integrated into the plugin’s core. While ACM’s course builder could still be used, having a drag and drop course creation functionality in LearnDash itself meant there wasn’t a specific need to use ACM. For us, it meant re-thinking the purpose of our product and re-evaluating maintenance feasibility. Was ACM truly offering something unique? Is there an extension or a combination of extensions which could replace ACM? Were there any features we could add to ACM to expand its functionality in a logical way? We began to weigh up our options. Through all our meetings and discussions it was clear – we were struggling to find a reason to keep growing ACM in a satisfactory and profitable way. Most of the features present and planned in ACM were a part of LearnDash’s upcoming features list.
The VerdictIn spite of giving it our best and pushing on, we knew we had reached a dead end. It was a tough decision to make but one that was unavoidable. So it’s with great regret that we have to share this message with you. We have decided to discontinue selling and updating Advanced Course Manager.
How does this affect existing users?Currents users can safely deactivate ACM without the worry of losing any data. For users with active or lifetime licenses, we will continue to offer support but will not offer license renewals, new features or updates. To make this process as smooth as possible, we recommend the following extensions to keep using ACM features you loved:
- Course builder: Available in LearnDash
- Course summary page: Present in eLumine.
- Course resume: Included in eLumine or Uncanny toolkit.
The Road AheadAdvanced Course Manager had a good run, but its story ends here. We thank our customers for their support. If you have any doubts or questions or want our assistance, reach out to our support team or use the comment section below for your queries. P.S.:- While it’s sad to say goodbye to ACM, we’re eager to put our hearts into expanding our current offerings and exploring more ways to improve online learning.
“Data is widely available. What is scarce is the ability to extract wisdom from it” – Hal Varian
We truly believe in having more than a vendor-customer relationship with you. We want to be facilitators in your growth process. That’s why we take the effort to think about functionalities that’ll ease administration and student management.
When it comes to LearnDash, there’s a lot of focus on course creation and student evaluation. While courses, lessons, quizzes can be created with ease, reporting needs a bit of help.
Course Reports for Groups
Student Groups are great when it comes to creating a collaborative learning experience. For universities, groups can be created for a particular set of students with the student guide as the Group Leader. Or, groups work perfectly in a corporate training environment with the manager as the Group Leader.
Advantages of Reporting
The Group Leader’s role is important here. They not only manage the students in the group but also need to check their progress. Reports offer several advantages. With course progress reports, Group Leaders can:
- Find out the average rate of course completion – Students belonging to a single group can take similar times to complete a course. The average time students take for completion can be used to schedule other courses or learning activities.
- Identify weak students – Students who take longer than average to complete a course can be identified as students who need further assistance. A Group Leader can then guide the student or schedule one-on-one training sessions to help the student progress.
- Create adaptive learning strategies – Based on the time a student takes to complete a course, a Group Leader can decide their competence level. This can help them divide students into multiple groups based on skill level. And, Group Leaders can plan alternative learning paths for these groups (such as additional courses with low scoring student groups).
Groups and Reporting in LearnDash
Up until now, the Wisdm Group Registration Plugin for LearnDash helped create groups, enroll students into them, and allowed Group Leaders to manage these students.
But with version 3.8, the plugin allows Group Leaders to generate student progress reports as well. Group Leaders can select a course, and then view the progress of each student belonging to the group.
This feature can truly benefit Group Leaders by providing them with the much-needed insight on student course completion times.
If you want to empower your Group Leaders with the ability to make better training decisions, you need to bolster reporting options. Similar to the Pro Panel extension that helps LearnDash admins get a detailed report of student progress, Wisdm Group Registration for LearnDash is specifically built for Group Leaders.
The extension offers the functionality you can’t do without. If you have the plugin already, it’s time to upgrade to version 3.8. And for those who do not have the plugin, you know what you have to do 🙂 – Get the plugin, right away!
eLumine 2.0 Feature Update – The Details“Real luxury is customization” – Lapo Elkann With the latest version of eLumine, you’re handed a theme that can be personalized in its entirety. This means you can easily blend in your branding on your learning site. What’s even better is that the layouts have been upgraded to provide a unique learning experience. To begin with, you’ve got…
#1 Swift-Loading Layouts with Collapsible SidebarWith this version, navigation across content becomes smoother than ever, to transform learning into a near book-reading-like experience — making eLumine the only LearnDash theme to offer such a feature. The swift-loading layouts present content in a butter-smooth fashion with one page loading after the other instantly. As a student navigates from one lesson to the other, pages don’t get loaded every time and slow down the process. Instead, all content is loaded at once, and the content changes on the same page, making the theme faster and the user experience much easier. Swift-loading improves response times, reduces student-wait time, and creates an enjoyable learning experience. The collapsible sidebar opens up more area for the course content to offer a distraction-free reading experience. For those of you comfortable with the conventional layouts have to option to stick with the classic layouts (which offer boxed or full-width options).
#2 Better Readability & AccessibilityeLumine 2.0 comes packed with a contemporary, never-before-thought feature for a LearnDash theme that makes reading easy – “Night mode”. With Night mode, the colors of the theme automatically change to a warmer spectrum when it gets dark to help you read better in dim light. You’ve got options to control this setting to personalize it. To improve accessibility, eLumine also offers the option to choose a bigger font on the front-end, making the content legible and clearer in appearance.
#3 Total Font CustomizationMost LearnDash themes allow the global font to be changed. That is, you can pick the font for the entire website. This was the case with eLumine before v2.0. But now, with the latest update you can choose the font family, font color, font weight, pick a different font for headings and paragraph text, offering you all round font customization. You also have a sitewide font size selector to make it easy to increase or decrease the font sizes. This is a must-have feature for those of you seriously looking to make your site accessible. For full control, this eLumine update provides additional filter and action hooks to modify the theme.
#4 Gutenberg-Ready, Added Compatibilities, Fixes, and more…This version of eLumine also provides compatibility with the latest version of WordPress – WordPress 5.0 and, more importantly, Gutenberg support. Offering memberships become super easy with seamless plugin integration with Memberpress plugin. Along with selling courses, you can sell membership levels too. eLumine 2.0.0 also includes important bug fixes and smoother advanced color customization.
Time to Upgrade!If you’re an eLumine user with an active license, you know what to do! Download the latest version of the theme and update! If you do not have an active license, you’ll need to renew your license key to enjoy the benefits this version brings. If you do not use eLumine, now is a better time than ever to upgrade to the best LearnDash theme out there! And for any thoughts or queries, hit the comments section below!
#1 Limited number of RTL Themes for LearnDashLearnDash is compatible with almost all WordPress themes. But, out of these, LearnDash is better suited with themes specifically built for the LMS plugin. LearnDash themes are a much smaller set than WordPress themes. And, out of LearnDash-specific themes, the themes that support RTL are even fewer in number. For example, for around 11,000 WordPress themes, there are less than 50 LearnDash themes. That’s about 0.45%, and that makes LearnDash RTL language themes around 0.05%. eLumine meets the needs of RTL language-speakers with support for languages like Arabic, Hebrew, Urdu, Persian, and more.
#2 Comprehensive support for RTL LanguagesMost LearnDash themes which claim to be RTL compatible offer partial support. It’s a problem we observed with most LearnDash themes and one of our customers often asked about too. LearnDash themes which are translation-ready display RTL course content, but there are issues with translating the navigation menu, footer, buttons or links. RTL translation issue on LearnDash Compatible theme. With eLumine we’ve made sure we offer total RTL support with easy options to translate every piece of content. You can seamlessly translate the theme files or use a multi-lingual plugin for translation.
#3 Simple to understand User GuideDocumentation is a problem non-native English speakers struggle with. Even though the theme might entirely support translation, there might be issues with understanding different theme options because the user manual might be complicated. Keeping all of these problems in mind, we’ve kept the eLumine documentation very simple to understand. The reading level of the user manual is low. There’s an image added alongside every instruction to make it easy to follow. You can easily understand theme options and make the best use of them to set up your ideal LearnDash website.
#4 Quick and timely support for DIY usersFor some users in the Middle East, communicating a support query, having support available and active at your desired time can be an issue. But with eLumine, we guarantee quick support for frequent issues faced by do-it-yourself (DIY) users and RTL language speakers. Owing to the short time difference, eLumine can provide prompt support for urgent requests too.
#5 Compatibility with Leading Page BuilderseLumine offers compatibility with a majority of LearnDash extensions, and popular WordPress plugins like WooCommerce, BuddyPress, and bbPress. But more importantly, eLumine is compatible with leading page builders. You have the option to use the page builder of your choice, the one that you’re comfortable with to help you build pages according to your needs.
#6 Proven by RTL Language ClientsWhen we initially launched eLumine, we made sure it was translation ready. But there were several issues RTL language speakers were facing with respect to translation. We carefully noted down these issues and made sure we addressed all of them. And now, we’re happy that eLumine has been proven to be a comprehensive RTL compatible Learnash theme by various Arabic and Hebrew language speakers.
Our thoughtsIn a world that’s dominated by English speakers, we’ve made sure to do our bit to create a more inclusive environment. We’ve taken the steps to make sure eLumine meets the needs of not just the major part of the world but also to other leading language speakers including RTL users. We encourage you to try out eLumine, to get a sense of what this theme can do for your LearnDash website and users. If you have any questions or doubts, the comment section is open for discussion
Group Registration for LifterLMS version 1.2With v1.2, Group Registration for LifterLMS gets even better! We’ve primarily introduced two new features:-
- Group enrollment option
- Groud Leader enrollment option
#1 To Group or Not to Group – That is always an option!Group Registration for LifterLMS allowed a user to register multiple students at once during the purchase process. But that kind of added some registration hurdles for individuals looking to sign up for a course. Not good! We did have a solution though and we made it a priority to bring that solution to you in this version. Now, with the latest version of the plugin, the LifterLMS administrator can give course buyers the option to select ‘Group’ or ‘Individual’ purchase option when buying the course product. This makes it super simple for those looking to sign themselves up for a course. All they need to do is complete the checkout process as usual, without selecting the group registration option. Group buyers can always select the ‘Group’ option to purchase the course for multiple students. Pretty simple, but a must-have feature!
#2 Enrollment for Group Leader and GroupWhen purchasing a course, the buyer usually purchases the product on behalf of the students. This means the students are the ones who are then enrolled for the course, not the buyer. But what if the buyer wants to enroll for the course too; what happens then? The latest version of the plugin has the answer! With version 1.2 of Group Registration for LifterLMS, admins now have the option to allow group buyers (or leaders) to enroll for the course they purchase – giving them the flexibility to be part of the group and the course. Enrollment convenience, amplified! 🙂
Fixes, Ahoy!There’s more! The latest update brings you a shiny new version by polishing out some pesky bugs. It’s compatible with the latest versions of WordPress, WooCommerce, and LifterLMS too!
Time to UpdateHere’s the easy part, it’s time to embrace the new version and update the plugin. Head on over to your backend and enjoy the latest versions of the Group Registration for LifterLMS plugin. And if you have any questions or feedback, you know where to reach us! 🙂 Happy teaching!
LearnDash Group Registration v3.6.3The version 3.6.3 of the LearnDash Group Registration plugin includes two primary features:
- Password Reset
- Course Listing
#1 Password Reset for Improved SecurityWith this new version of the plugin, we’ve introduced a very important feature – one that improves the security of your LearnDash website – the member re-invite feature. What the group member re-invite feature does, is that it provides a group leader the possibility to re-invite a member of the group, forcing the member to reset his/her password. Making sure members keep their password updated leads to a more secure experience, and is a must for corporate training setups. The admin, of course, has the possibility to activate this option for group leaders. And, only those group leaders who have this capability enabled will be able to re-invite group members. A re-invited group member receives an email containing group details, their username, and a reset-password link. The LearnDash admin can customize this email template if needed.
#2 Course Listing for Groups for Improved User ExperienceA good user experience makes every product better; and with the next feature, that’s what you get. A LearnDash Group is associated with a course or list of courses. While the list is known to people purchasing the course(s), and the students who’ve signed up for it, what was missing was a visual association of the linked courses and the group. With the latest version of the plugin, the LearnDash admin has an option to enable the course list view on the group registration page. The admin can select a particular group and then enable this option to allow users on the frontend to view the list of courses associated with the group! A simple change, but quite effective and integral to our efforts to ease user experience.
But wait! We aren’t done yet!This update squashes some bugs related to enrolling students to a course associated with a variable product. And, this version also makes LearnDash Group Registration compatible with the latest versions of LearnDash, WooCommerce, Easy Digital Downloads, and the needed integration plugins.
Ready to Update?This is the easy part. All you have to do is download the latest version of the LearnDash Group Registration plugin and hit update. You should see the new features and have a smooth functioning, best-in-class group management plugin for LearnDash at your disposal. And if you have any trouble or questions, we’re right here if you need us. 🙂 Looking forward to your feedback about this new update! And watch this space for more such plugin news. Until next time, adios!
A vision to educateMark has a list of specific requirements. He wants an elegant theme that’s also engaging. He wants his website to be friendly and fun so that students enjoy spending time on it. He wants to make it easy for multiple students to sign-up at once. He wants to make it easy for fellow instructors to host courses on his site. He also wants a rating and feedback system for his website so that he could improvise the courses. He wants… well, he wants a lot! Because he wants to create the most awesome LearnDash website ever. Don’t we all? We’re all a bit like Mark. But creating our dream LearnDash website would mean spending hours and hours scouting for different plugins and themes. Wondering if these plugins work well together, wondering about the support and yada yada yada. It’s time things got a whole lot simpler!
Bare necessities of a website or a power-packed ensemble?All the requirements of Mark can be summed up in 3 major functionalities:
- Course Creation
- Course Management
- Course Feedback