July 3rd, 2013 Announcements

Since we originally launched version 1.0.0 of the Achievement Badges add-on, it has been a huge hit. With it installed, you can award points to users who complete specific tasks within your LMS, and even designate badges for your users to earn as they interact with the course material. It’s an easy and fun way to inject some gamification into your learning management system.

Today I am pleased to announce some additional features that have been added. In the original version, you had the ability to assign points or badges whenever someone completed – now you have the ability to assign a unique point value and/or badge for specific courses, lessons, and quizzes.  Simply insert the appropriate ID. So, let’s say that you have a course with multiple quizzes, and then a final quiz.  Now, you can give your final quiz more “weight”, awarding more points to someone who passes, and even more points if they get a perfect score.


In addition to this nifty update, the add-on has also been outfitted with better WordPress multi-site support, which allows you to use the Achievement Badges features across a network of sites. Also included is a new dashboard widget on the admin panel which will display recent activity.

It is our philosophy at LearnDash that you cannot afford an LMS that is behind the times. Being driven by learning industry professionals, we have our ear to the ground on the latest trends, and we will make sure they are available to you at no additional cost.

If you are using the Achievement Badges add-on and would like to update, please read the update instructions here.

If you are not yet a LearnDash customer, then what are you waiting for!?  Come on in and join the fun 🙂

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Awesome work Justin and team! Really glad you guys are on the ball, up to date on the trends. Glad there is improvements with multsite wordpress since I use that myself. Thanks again for developing a solid product!

Thanks Trent, we’re happy you like the update 🙂

Hey Justin

You’ve got me!
Our education company (in Switzerland) has been looking for a LMS. I testet and evaluated WPCOURSEWARE, SENSEI and the themeforest theme ACADEMY. But you know what? I like all the features you put in LEARNDASH: the quizes with all its options, Badges and on top of all: the way you want to help customers getting a good e-learning expirience. Thanks a lot for all the effort you put in learndash!

Best, Dominic

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Thank you very much for your kind words, I really appreciate it – and I am happy to hear that you are enjoying what we are doing at LearnDash. 🙂


Justin, I have a question/suggestion concerning achievements badges:
I like the idea of gamification. Is there a way to have something like a public ranking list? Just showing username and points?


Avatar Dominic Tschan

Sorry… I just saw, that this is a premium-feature of WpAchievements. Bought it 🙂

Avatar Dominic Tschan

No worries, you may have also been able to use the leaderboard widget as well, but their premium version is more robust.

I am very excited to roll out my entire high school course on LearnDash next year. As I am developing my achievements I am realizing that neither WPAchievements or BadgeOS support completeing a topic as a point/badge worthy event. Is there a reason?

My curriculum is deep and a topic is actually about a days worth of work. I want students to earn point for this but I don;t see it as an option. Any guidance. Is this something that has been added since this post was published?

Yes, this is something that I just brought up in one of the forums. WPAchievements has recently been updated and I can confirm that it works well. With the notifications and the leaderboard, it’s a good deal. However, I would also like to see the topics become part of the triggers for rewards. You can implement it already in WPAchievements with a custom trigger, but this not optimal (it places a shortcode on the topic page that gets triggered when the topic is opened, rather than being completed). Anyway, I hope this info is useful and that Justin (or others) consider updating the bridge between LearnDash and WPAchievements.

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