Assignments & More!

LearnDash Updates latestWell, it’s that time again – the time where we officially release a new and improved version of the LearnDash WordPress LMS based on user feedback captured in the forums, help desk, and through phone conversations 🙂 !

Since our last major update, we have been jotting down all of our users’ suggestions and working them into our development plan. Besides, this is YOUR product, and as long as you are using LearnDash, then you can rest-assured knowing that we are committed to continuous improvement.

A Quick Word

Before we jump into the updates, make sure you check out some of the recent additions and enhancement we have made in the LearnDash Library, specifically the Achievement Badges.  If you want to easily add a layer of gamification to your LMS, now you can!  Simply follow the instructions on the support site and you’ll have everything going in minutes!

And now, onto the latest updates…

Enhanced Certificate Functionality

cert One of the great things about LearnDash is the ability to instantly award a certificate to your users after they successfully pass a quiz.  Many LearnDashers have asked for this feature to be made a bit more user-friendly, including the ability to use some pre-made templates – well, now you can!  Simply create a new certificate, upload a Featured Image, and click Update.

Now, all you have to do is insert text, or use the shortcodes we have available to customize the certificate for each user, into the text editor. Anything placed in this field will appear on-top of the Featured Image.  Oh, and because we know that you might like some examples, we have even uploaded a few pre-made certificates to the support site.  You can use these to get started quickly, or create your own from scratch.

Assignment Uploads

Sometimes a lesson calls for an assignment, and now you can manage this process with the new assignment upload feature.  When creating a lesson, simply check the box to indicate whether there is an assignment associated with the lesson.  When a user comes to the lesson, they will be prompted to upload their assignment on the lesson page (i.e. written document, image, etc.).  If lesson progression is enabled, they will not be able to continue onto the next lesson until their assignment has been manually approved.

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As the admin, you can then see a list of all the assignments being uploaded, and if it meets your criteria, you can click the “Mark Complete” button so that the lesson is flagged as “completed” for the user.

Course Pre-Requisites

Prior to this update, LearnDash allowed you to specify a lesson order for your courses so that you could control a learner’s experience.  This still exists, but now you can take it one step further and specify a pre-requisite for the entire course! Going forward, if you have multiple courses, but want to ensure that courses are taken in a specific order, all you have to do is select that course from the drop-down menu.

If a user tries to access the course before completing the pre-requisite, they will be given a special message  and a link to the course that they must complete first.

Self-Enrollment of Free Courses

If you have some free courses on your LMS, now your users can self-enroll by clicking the “Join” button that appears on the course description page.  After clicking “Join”, they will be mapped to the course and it will appear as one of their assigned courses. Now the user will have access to the course materials, lessons, and quizzes.

Bug Fixes

A huge thank-you to all of you who have pointed out any pesky bugs. We have cleaned them up in this release.

Big Plans Ahead

We hope you enjoy the flexibility that these new features give you with your learning management system.  Our commitment to you and to the consistent improvement of LearnDash is our #1 priority. The learning industry is our specialty, and we have gained valuable insights through consulting Fortune 500 companies with their international learning programs – our experience is your benefit.

Leveraging this experience, we have identified some exciting enhancements in the not-too-distant future.  So as you get your feet wet with some of these new features, keep one eye on your inbox for more news from us!

NOTE: You can automatically update to the latest version of LearnDash by using the one-click update feature in your Admin panel.

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Justin Ferriman is the co-founder and CEO of LearnDash, the WordPress LMS trusted by the world's leading organizations, such as the University of Michigan, Digital Marketer, WPEngine, and Infusionsoft. Justin has made a career as an elearning consultant where he has implemented large-scale training programs for Fortune 500 companies. Twitter | LinkedIn

24 Comments
  1. Max

    Hi Justin, great updates. Wondering if in the next update you could add the ability for the user to cycle through test questions using the “enter” or “return” key rather than having to click submit manually using their mouse. This would be great!

    Thanks!
    Max

      • Hello, Justin.

        I can see that this is an old comment, but can you inform me if this has been implemented?

        I have some quizes that would benefit tremendously with this feature. It wouldn’t be so repetitive to type the answer, then drag the mouse to click the next button, then drag the mouse to click on the textfield, type the answer, then drag the mouse to click the next button, etc.

        Also, is it possible for the textfield to be already on focus when you click the next button? With something like this, the person wouldn’t need to take the hand off the keyboard and we would be able to make speed quizes (quizes based on short time periods).

        Oh, just thought of something. If that’s possible, could the remaining time for each answer stack up as the student progresses?

        Keep up the great work. I’m enjoying working with LearnDash 😀
        Thank you very much.

  2. This looks great! It’s so great watching learndash grow! You are developing new features faster than I can learn them. I’m so glad I decided to use this product when it first launched. The support has been Above and Beyond, and I’m always excited to see the new features being offered. Thanks for all your work Learndash team.

  3. Wow, great improvement! Will you be providing a video to show us how to take full advantage? Also, it would be so cool to use be able to insert some custom data into the certificates that is user specific, eg RN License number, which could be input at registration or be prompted when the user goes to print the certificate. Is that a possibility?

    • Thanks Steve – yes the support videos have been updated with respect to the new features. Thanks for the suggestion with certificates, I have included this into consideration for future updates. Although you may be able to pull user data into the certificates using the meta field code.

  4. Alfredo

    Hi

    Is this version ready for translation? I don´t want to translate all files and then with new updates get all my work lost.

    Thanks

    • Hi Alfredo-
      Yes this version is also ready for translation. If you already translated your version, then you can save your .PO and .MO files and upload them again after updating.

  5. Wonderful upgrades. I especially like the assignment upload! You are doing a good job and being very attentive to the real needs of your audience!

  6. JAn

    Hi Justin,
    thanks for the update. I’ m really happy about the Enhanced Certificate Functionality.
    I cannot find the post where you explained how to change the certificate layout from landscape to portrait.
    I want to print on standard company letterhead stationary, which ist portrait 😉

    JAN

  7. Wilco

    Hi Justin,

    I signed in for the beta test voor Learndash Plus, some time ago, but didn’t get a reaction yet. Would love to test. I’m a developer and publisher and familiar with testing websites and software.

    Wilco.

  8. David

    Great job on LearnDash so far Josh. How much longer until you roll out the ability to add units to lessons natively (without the tab work around)?

    Thanks,
    David

  9. Ranjani

    Hi

    We use Learndash, in one of our regular Database Checks I have noticed the course completion details have gone missing for some of the users. Like a user who has completed Course A, Course B, Course C, the reports are showing as not initiated. While the user has already completed the courses many months ago. The Issue has erupted since August last can you pl check. Many of our records are showing incorrect data because of this.

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