New Add-On Brings Instructor Role!

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Today we are pleased to let you know about a new third-party (premium) add-on that gives you additional possibilities for how you use LearnDash.

If you have ever wanted to allow others to create their own LearnDash courses on your site without having to use a WordPress multisite network or getting access to all of the administrative settings, then this add-on is your solution!

Specifically, this add-on makes it possible for you to have multiple instructors creating their own courses and managing their own students similar to sites like Coursera, Udemy, and Lynda.com.

The multi-instructor add-on was created by WismLabs and is available for purchase from their site.

Add-On Features

Course Creation Capability – Your instructors can create courses with unlimited lessons, topics, and quizzes. They can even administer their own certificates.

Assignment Management – Instructors can view, edit, download, and approve assignments of any student enrolled in their course(s).

Course Reports – Each course created by an instructor has its own report showing enrolled users and their progress. This report can be downloaded.

Email Students – An instructor has the option to email students who are enrolled in their course from their admin panel.

How It Works

Once installed and activated you will be able to add instructors. To create an instructor, simply create a new user (or edit an existing one) from your USERS menu and set their role to “Instructor”.

Now when this user logs into your site they will be presented with a custom admin panel where they can begin creating their own courses.

Where To Download

This is a premium add-on created by WisdmLabs and is available for purchase from their website.

If you have any questions or comments related to this add-on, do not hesitate to leave them below.

Until next time!

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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

32 Comments
  1. FYI… This vendors e-commerce site seems pretty bad. I’ve tried multiple times to purchase through debit card and Paypal… all fail. My bank has verified it’s not on my end of the transaction, so there are some issues with this vendor’s shopping cart backend I think.

    • Hi Jeff,

      We’ve been receiving product payments through the same setup just a while back. It must have been a temporary glitch from the payment gateway end that we’re using. I’m sure one of our support agents has already followed up with you regarding this problem.

      Please feel free to email us if you have any questions and we would be happy to assist.

    • Hi Bibs, thanks for the note. I believe that this feature is currently in development to be pushed out in a coming update. Perhaps WisdmLabs will provide more details here, or you can reach out to them from their site.

    • Hi Bibs,

      You would be happy to know, that this feature which we’re temporarily calling the “Commission feature” is under development.
      In a recent update, we have given the WooCommerce capabilities to the Instructor role and are now currently working on the Commission feature and I shall notify you as soon as we’re out with an update. This feature will allow the admin to specify the amount to be shared with the instructor in terms of percentage.

  2. Hi Justin,
    Increased functionality with Instructors is a great step forward.
    Re the ability of the instructor to e mail students from the Admin Panel.
    Is it possible to have the mails written and schedule them to send on a specific forward date
    An example might be where assignments are due by next week the 18th Aug but the reminder e mail is set up and auto send today the 11th.

    Looking forward to future updates !!
    Regards,
    Padraig
    PS
    If you check out our website we are doing some work on it today!!

    • Hi Padraig,

      At present using the Instructor Role plugin, the Instructor can email individual students or all students that are part of a particular course. However, it is not possible to schedule emails to send on a later date.

      Yes, we will definitely evaluate this feature and accordingly implement it in one of our upcoming updates.

  3. Kevin

    I’m not sure I see the use for this plugin if one invests some time into user role editor which lets you specify exactly which role can access what portions of the site or learndash then what is the purpose of this particular plugin? Integrating grassblade seems far more robust, there is no demo either so no way of using it without first making purchase.

    Also the plugin only assigns one instructor to his/her courses which means an administrator cannot administer or edit the course. The Quiz reporting plugin seems useful but I fee this is something Learndash could build into their own product without the use of another plugin.

    If I am mistaken I would appreciate someone maybe clarifying the use of this plugin as apposed to “user role editor” with “grassblade”

    • Hi Kevin-

      Thanks for the comment. WismLabs can probably speak more intelligently regarding benefits (I know more detail exists on their website).

      Perhaps a few of the perceived benefits for some is that it allows course creation for each user without their content interfering with other users (instructors) that also have permissions to create courses. Reports are specific to courses created by the instructor and they have user details to only those in their courses. The ‘commission feature’ that is mentioned by Tarun is intriguing. The add-on also removes the need for fiddling with user role editor which some people may find advantageous.

    • Hi Kevin,

      Justin has correctly mentioned a few reasons how the instructor role is more beneficial.
      Primary reason is that the instructor will be able to manage content, only that he/she is an author to. This not only applies for creating courses or lessons, but also creating products with WooCommerce to sell courses online. The instructor can easily manage their individual data without any kind of interference by other instructors.
      Also, about your doubt on the administrator not being able to edit any course. You will be glad to know that the administrator has the privileges to edit any course even if the admin is not set as the author of the course. So the administrator can easily manage the courses if needed.

      In addition to this, we have new features in development which includes the commission feature like Justin mentioned. We’re also planning on future updates mainly based on customer feedback so your inputs are appreciated. 🙂

    • Hi Colin,

      You should not face any problem using the Instructor Role and the Quiz Reporting plugin. Since these are mainly dashboard settings, these plugins will work with the Social Learner theme.

  4. You might be interested to join a webinar tomorrow specifically looking at analytics – ties in nicely with these two plug-ins. It is from Mike Alcock at gomo in the UK – he and I have been around the industry more decades than we care to admit! gomo is a fairly new responsive authoring tool and they are just starting to offer a delivery platform – so it might be interesting to see what they have to say on what data they really think should be collected and more importantly, how it can be used. You can find out more at http://signup.gomolearning.com/5-ways-learning-analytics-webinar (no, I am not part of their team, only a satisfied client!)

  5. Chad

    I visited their site and have a question that wasn’t addressed regarding selling courses the teacher would be creating with this add on. Where is the pricing set up, if I use Paid Membership Pro for example?

    I assume the flow goes like this:
    First- teacher creates course
    Next- Admin gets notified and sets up the price and duration and other info for the course
    Last – course is activated by admin and students can begin enrolling to take it.

    Please let me know how this all ‘really’ works as I don’t feel comfortable purchasing the add on before I know. Thanks!

    • Hi Chad,

      The flow is similar to the admin creating WooCommerce Products.
      The instructor can create products and publish by themselves. The administrator will have full control to edit the products/ courses created by the instructor.

      Let me know if you have any other queries regarding the Instructor Role plugin.

  6. Thanks, It is great to see continuous updates and new capabilities with LearnDash . What i need is a way to report the number of registered students for each course. So instructors know exactly how much they will get paid. Glad to know that they are working on this feature.

  7. For anyone interested in a “Commission feature”, if you use Easy Digital Downloads (or any other E-commerce store) you’d have to set up the commission thing there probably as you’re likely selling the courses in your store. With EDD there is an extension for it where you set the commission for your instructor in this case.
    Make sure you think about this because essentially that person is then on your payroll so it is wise to think about tax implications. For anyone using learn dash’s built in “store” features the plugin that is under development would work fine.

    Anyway, that’s what I think 🙂

  8. Amine

    I’m inquiring if course creation is done from the front end or if the instructor should access the wp-admin dashboard to create content. The description is not clear about this.

  9. Cobie

    Hi, I love this update thank you
    Can you please advise how an instructor can register a user for their course they have created?
    Thank you

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