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LearnDash Brings You GROUPS!

LearnDash Updates latestOur customers have spoken, and we have listened! Today marks the release of the latest installment of LearnDash, Version 1.4.0! One thing is for sure, we didn’t hold back on this one – Version 1.4.0 includes some pretty BIG features.

Before jumping into the updates, I want to first thank you all for being so active in our forums and help desk. We value your opinions and are dedicated to making this product truly yours. Because of your dedication and investment with LearnDash, you can expect us to continue to release updates on a pace that is simply unmatched anywhere else in the WordPress LMS industry :).

Without further ado, let’s get to the updates that we have packed into LearnDash Version 1.4.0!

Introducing: LearnDash Groups!

Click PLAY Below to Watch The LearnDash Groups Overview Video:

This is one of our favorite updates because of what it allows you to do with your learning management system.  Many of you are using LearnDash in an educational setting, and as such have multiple teachers with their own classes.

Using the new LearnDash Groups feature, you can now assign Group Leaders to manage any number of users. So, using the example above, you can have a teacher manage and track their students’ progress.

This update isn’t limited to just educational institutions. If your organization has multiple departments, you can easily create a Department Group and assign one (or more) Group Leaders.  Once the leader is set-up, simply select the users that belong to the group!

Group Leaders receive a special administrative access when they log into their account.  Under the new COURSES > GROUP ADMINISTRATION menu, they will see a list of the groups that they are listed as the lead.  With this list, Group Leaders can view the users in their groups, and even check on individual progress by selecting the user of choice.

Group Leaders can pull reports on their group’s performance, including course progress and quiz data.  Need to communicate something to the group? We made it easy by including a group email feature!

You can create an unlimited number of LearnDash Groups and Group Leaders. In additional, your users can belong to an unlimited number of Groups, make the possibilities here truly endless.

Last, we made sure that you could easily let users know to which groups they are enrolled.  Simply insert the new User Groups shortcode on any page and your user will be able to see the group name and description for their assigned groups – a perfect addition to a user profile!

The best part about this new feature is how simple it is to use.  You can literally create your groups in a matter of minutes.

Enhanced Certificate Shortcodes

To this point, you have had the ability to customize a certificate using some of our User based shortcodes. For example, this has allowed you to create a certificate with the user’s name on it, ready to print.  Over the past few weeks we have been gathering request for additional certificate shortcodes. Based on our customers’ input, we are happy to announce that you can now include the following information automatically inserted on your users’ certificates:

  • Score obtained on the quiz
  • Quiz percentage
  • Pass/Fail information
  • Obtained ranking
  • Timestamp for when certificate was received
  • Time spent taking the quiz
  • Total earned points

Putting this information onto a certificate is easy – just insert the shortcode.  You can find these shortcodes on the “Options for Certificate” menu.  Also, make sure to watch the updated Certificate video on the support site for more information!

Assignment Delete Function

In one of our previous updates we added the ability to accept assignment submissions from users.  The admin then could go to the lesson and mark the assignment as complete. We realized that managing all these assignments could get rather messy, so we added a convenient way for the administrator to delete them.  Click the link and *POOF*, it’s gone!

Delete LearnDash Course Data

When building out an LMS, it is essential to test the lesson and course flow. Many of you do this from your Admin account, others create dummy accounts.  In either case, we have added the ability for the Admin to delete all LearnDash Course data from the user of their choice. You can find this feature located on the LearnDash LMS License page under SETTINGS.  Be careful though, once you delete the data, it cannot be undone!

Did You Know…?

Did you know that LearnDash is WordPress Multisite compatible?  You can create a WordPress multisite network and grant the child-sites access to the LearnDash functionality so they too can create their own elearning courses!

Here at LearnDash, we take pride in being a specialty shop for elearning and WordPress. Our product and service is based on real experience consulting Fortune 500 companies with their international training programs. This means that our customers receive only the best, most relevant features. What’s more, you benefit from continuous enhancements on a regular basis.

Thank you all again for your continual support of the LearnDash mission. You will be prompted for the update from your Plugins menu. New videos have also been added to LearnDash Support.

Until next time!

NOTE: Due to an error in our email client, if you sent a pre-sales message to us between the dates of August 1 through August 5, we did not receive it. The problem has now been resolved. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.


About the Author:

Justin Ferriman is the Founder of LearnDash, a WordPress based LMS and Learning Strategy provider. He also works as a Learning & Collaboration Consultant where he implements large-scale training programs for Fortune 500 companies.

  1. Justin and Team,
    Congratulations on your progress with LearnDash and I look forward to your continued growth on the buildout of this solution. It’s nice to see something fresh and unique in the LMS space.

  2. Michael Kocher

    Justin! I’m always so impressed with these features updates. Groups really is a HUGE step. It adds an entire layer of possibilities!

    • That you Michael, we think so too, and feel that it will provide our customers tremendous value. Thanks again for the comment and for actively contributing feedback so we can continue to make LearnDash better!

  3. Guy

    Hi Justin,

    I am very impressed with what I see here. In my scenario I have four courses that make up one certification. I want students to be able to take, 1,2,3 or 4 of these courses at the same time – as per their choice. I am struggling with how to get this done. Can courses be assigned to groups, so that a group only gets to see one course. Then in addition, can a user be assigned to more than one group at a time?

    Keep up the awesome work.


  4. Guy

    And another question about groups. When students sign up for a course, can they automatically be assigned to a group together with a pre-assigned tutor, so that assigning members does not have to be done on a one-by-one basis by admin? The idea is to allow tutors to be authors so that they can create their own groups and then have students sign up for their courses. If this is not a feature, maybe it could be in an update?

    Appreciate it.

  5. Great update! As a university professor, I am really happy to see this as now my co-professors may be able to build lessons on my website. One question, do group leaders have the ability to create new lessons within their group, or can they only monitor the students and that information?

    Great work on the new updates- I really look forward to seeing this evolve more. Best money I’ve ever spent on my website!

  6. Wilco

    Many thanks again for another update, it gives me so much thrust in Learndash! I really Love it . I’m stil working on my site, but the way you build Learndash, the logic, makes it a pleasure to do that.

  7. Keep up the good work Justin. I can barely keep up with all the updates, but I’m really thankful I chose LearnDash as my LMS as I know it just keeps on getting better and better!

  8. Steve Colucci

    Thanks for a GREAT LMS! I do have some newbie questions, though.

    1. How do you create a quiz? E.g.where are the multiple answers set up?
    2. How do you associate a certificate with a quiz?
    3. How do you associate a course with a menu?

    Thanks you very much.

  9. I came back to this posting because I remembered somewhere in the recesses of my mind the statement above in which you said “Did you know that LearnDash is WordPress Multisite compatible? ”

    Would you be willing either in a reply to this comment or in some kinds of future blog post go into what “WordPress Multisite Compatible” means, and why that is important, and/or conceptually how to leverage this benefit?

    Steve Carlson

    • Hi Steve-
      Multisite means you can create a “network” with a “Mother” site and “Child” sites. You can read more about this functionality here:

      LearnDash being multisite compatible means you can install it on your “mother” site and grant use access to the child sites. So, for example, if you have a school and individuals sites for each classroom, you can grant access to the teachers to use LearnDash. This is not possible with all plugins.

  10. Would love to be able to sync up these groups with a private BBPress forum or similar for course-based discussion with fellow students.

    Groups 1 and 2 = Global Forum
    Group 1 = Private Forum 1
    Group 2 = Private Forum 2

    Best way to achieve this (without BuddyPress)?

  11. shukri

    I wanted to know how I can give my group leaders access to reports and the group leader access without letting them in my backend WP? Only admins have access to the backend of WP, I don’t want group leaders in my backend at all.

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