February 12th, 2015 LearnDash Tips

laptop-computerLearning management systems are a dime-a-dozen today, each boasting a large list of impressive features. In fact, some may argue that the feature list has become a little overwhelming!

While there is some truth to this, the reality is that these features are included to help make the system applicable to a variety of use-cases. That said, it is very easy to suffer from feature bloat.

So when looking at the features of an LMS, how do you know which ones are most important? This largely comes down to your unique project needs. I would even contend that features aren’t what you should be investigating in the first place – but let’s face it, they’re the most fun!

As you search for an LMS, there are a few features that you should keep an eye out for, whether you intend to use them or not. These features give a good indication that the company behind the LMS is keeping up with the modern learning trends.

1. Can Be Customized – Gone are the days of closed source-code. You should be able to customize your LMS as you see fit, even hire an outside developer to work and maintain the environment.

2. E-Commerce Enabled – Perhaps you aren’t interested in selling courses, but many people are and learning management systems that recognize this make it easy to do. You shouldn’t be locked into just a handful of payment gateways either.

3. Mobile Compatible – There will come a day when this isn’t even mentioned anymore, but sadly there are still systems out there that cannot render properly on tablet and smartphone screens. People use these devices just as much (sometimes more than) a standard computer. Don’t limit learning opportunities by choosing a solution that works on only one type of device.

4. Tin-Can API – If the LMS you are investigating is promoting SCORM only, then it’s probably best to go the other way.  Worse, some systems don’t have SCORM or Tin-Can (Experience) API support. If you find this, run!

5. Content Delivery Options – Your LMS should have the ability to schedule content by specific dates, or to deliver it at various intervals. This allows for additional learning strategies that can be helpful depending on the content being delivered.

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Justin Ferriman started LearnDash, the WordPress LMS trusted by Fortune 500 companies, major universities, training organizations, and entrepreneurs worldwide for creating (and selling) their online courses. Justin's Homepage | Twitter

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hi justin
how we can have a virtual classroom in wordpress lms like WPLMS or plugins like learndash?
is there any way to launch a virtual classrom with wordpress?
thank you

Avatar Arash

Hi Arash-

There are several 3rd party platforms (free & paid) that allow for live virtual classroom environments. Google Hangouts, AnyMeeting, GoToWebinar, etc. all can be used with LearnDash.

Do you plan to release a roadmap?

Avatar Ella

Hi Ella-

Thanks for the comment! We don’t have a public roadmap but if you have questions with our direction, please do contact us.

Hi Justin,
Do you mind elaborating a little more on what a Tin Can API actually is? How is it different form a SCORM based one?

Avatar Vidhu Rath

Hi Vidhu-

Thanks for the comment. The infographic located here provides a little deeper explanation.

E-Commerce Enabled – Hi Justin! I currently use DAP as my ecomm, page protection and membership bridge linking paypal and mailchimp. I’ve been having challenges with WP and DAP user database syncing and I’m wondering if I can get rid of DAP and if LearnDash has ecomm features where people can purchase courses on my site and receive a password generated from LD rather than from DAP. Let me know and please direct me to where I can find details on LD and the E-Commerce Enabled feature. Thank you.

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