Here’s the story of one of our enterprising clients, Bernard Street, who did not just take his platform online, but also took it to the next level!
This is his journey.
Eschewing the traditional, boring methods of online teaching, where the students have to study from the same old videos and demonstrations, Mr. Street wanted a site – School Ninja – where students and teachers could interact with ease, to facilitate better learning outcomes.
He wanted to empower the teachers to make digital education more accessible and engaging. Hence the idea of a platform where the teacher could host a digital classroom and provide adaptive online coursework.
The chief requirements of Mr. Street were as follows –
We helped Mr. Street set up this online learning model on School Ninja with two of our most powerful LearnDash add-ons – Instructor Role for LearnDash and Group Registration for LearnDash.
Here’s a brief glimpse of how they helped Mr. Street achieve his desired functionality goals.
Digital classroom spaces allow teachers to monitor student outcomes, communicate online with parents, set homework tasks and to-do’s, and share videos, resources, and assignments. These digital classrooms are a central hub for teachers to communicate with students and their parents outside the classroom.
Students have greater clarity and freedom to learn at their own pace, since all resources, homework tasks, and To Do’s are made available in the digital classroom for future reference. In addition, students receive certificates, points, and badges when they complete coursework and for their participation in classroom activities, so they have a visual glimpse of their learning journey, creating a gamified learning experience.
However, the biggest challenge in setting up a digital classroom is enrolling students in the lectures. Considering the dozens of students taking the course, enrolling them one by one is not a feasible solution.
With Group Registration for LearnDash, this task was a breeze as Mr. Street could enroll batches of students easily into School Ninja’s digital classrooms. This simplified the enrollment process saving a lot of time and effort for the instructors.
The same courses and quizzes can be shared across multiple instructors to analyze larger datasets of student outcomes. Besides, the Courses would grow over time as learning strategies evolved, complementing the curriculum, and creating an automatic scaffold based on outcomes of previous quizzes.
WISDM Instructor Role for LearnDash was an instrumental asset in this scenario. Not only did it empower Mr. Street to create Instructors who had the autonomy to create and manage their own courses, but they could also further collaborate with other instructors to share and develop course material and quizzes. This effectively doubled the knowledge base and halved the effort of the course instructors.
After all, two heads are better than one, eh?!
School Ninja intended to offer quality courses and course material that would be genuinely useful for the students. And because there’s no such thing as a free lunch, Mr. Street wanted the Instructors to have the ability to price their intellectual property, as per their discretion. Mr. Street would charge a fixed percentage commission for every purchase.
Teachers and educational publishers would be able to promote, sell, share, and buy educational resources and teaching materials in the Marketplace and share the coursework with their classes. Publishers were expected to have the autonomy to create customized online coursework to sell and feature their resources in the Marketplace.
Instructor Role’s ‘commissions’ functionality was the perfect solution here, as it enabled Mr. Street to set up commission percentages for all the instructors, which would be deducted automatically every time a sale occurred.
The LearnDash Essential addons pack has lots of functionality and integrations to bring your LMS project to life. Support documentation is good, however misses some steps. Online support is outstanding and really helpful. It’s a good pack to have, with in-depth plugins that will take some time to master (and understand how they integrate together), but have heaps to offer. Very happy so far and excited to see where I can take the project with them.
Mr. Street wanted to create an end-to-end course marketplace solution where student-teacher engagement was front and center. With the help of Instructor Role for LearnDash and Group Registration for LearnDash, he was able to build a sleek learning platform that had the much-needed student management features and Instructor abilities required for such an eLearning system!
Check out his website – School Ninja – to see it in action!
The project involved building a LearnDash website, with BuddyPress integration, to support group registration, forum management and course progress tracking.