The expectations of elearning today have come a long way since it was first introduced.

In the past it wasn’t uncommon for an elearning module to simply have some generic text in a PowerPoint-type format.

If you were lucky there would be some Clipart included as well šŸ˜‰ .

Well, gone are those days (and same with Clipart, if you didn’t know).

Fast-forward to today and people demand more out of the elearning programs, and they should. A well put together online course is both motivates and informs.

Structuring the content in logical ways can help with learning retention as well.

Adding gamification elements is an easy and proven way to keep the learner motivated.

And one really effective strategy is to find ways to personalize the learning.

The infographic aboveĀ (created by Extreme NetworksĀ based on their survey) provides an introduction to personalized learning.

As you likely expected this form of learning is going to grow in popularity.

One easy way to adjust your content is to make it role-specific. Speak the language of the people taking the course. Use relevant examples and scenarios.

But that just scratches the surface. Personalized courseĀ content can get a lot deeper than this.

Think about it, we have getĀ ultra-personalized experiences using our favorite applications already. The targeted ads onĀ Facebook are one example.

We can expect the use of this kind of technology and targeting to make its way into educational situations as well.Ā “Smart” quizzing that makes recommendations on learning paths based on scores are starting to raise in popularity.

As we expect more out of elearning it is exciting to see the innovations that result. The rise in mobile learning will also mean the rise in personalized content.

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When will LearnDash have this sort of functionality?

The main thing putting me off LearnDash currently is:
(a) A lack of support for self-grading/self-reflection e.g. you could have a longer answer question, the user could write an answer down, the answer would pop-out, then the user could grade the question. There could be a box for reflecting on how to improve their answer as well.

(b) A lack of a notetaking extension, that would add in notetaking functionality into the courses. This would be an amazing addition.


Hi William-

Thanks for the comment. Self-grading isn’t on our roadmap currently but could be implemented by any capable developer for your project’s unique needs. For #2, you can use wpnotepad (premium plugin) to allow for notes..

Thanks Justin. Do you know of any sites/examples that have integrated wpnotepad and learndash together?


Hi William-

Unfortunately we have no way of knowing this unless someone were to mention it.

Hello Justin,

Any chance self-grading options are now on the roadmap? That’s also the one element holding me back from moving my site to Learndash.

Togo TallikwebReply

we have a client that was asking for this yesterday. can we work with you to pioneer this?

Hi Mark-
We aren’t taking on custom dev projects, but send us a note and I can give you some names of firms that could assist.

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