New Admin and Performance Capabilities!

LearnDash Updates latestToday we are happy to announce that we have pushed out the latest LearnDash core update.

The focus of these updates are mostly “under the hood”, but we also made sure to throw-in some new functionality for you to use when managing your LearnDash courses.

These enhancements are a direct result of the feedback you all have provided us as you use LearnDash for powering your learning programs.

As always, we thank you and appreciate your continuous input!

Admin “Mark Complete” Capability

Sometimes there are situations when you need to mark a topic, lesson, or even course as complete for your users, and this is now possible with the latest version of LearnDash!

Simply navigate to to the user’s profile and you will see their enrolled courses.

Next to each course there is a checkbox available. If you select the checkbox then the entire course is marked as complete after you update the user’s profile.

Don’t want to mark the entire course complete? No problem, just expand the course details and select the items (topics, lessons, and quizzes) that you want to mark as complete for the individual.

If you make a mistake, you can also un-mark an item as complete. 🙂

Improved Course Enrollment Interface

While you are in the user’s profile you will also notice some improvements to the way you can enroll a user into a course.

The drop-down menu has been replaced with a list of your courses. This allows you to search and select more than one course for enrollment at a time.

In addition, you will see that below the course list there is a similar method for assigning the user to a LearnDash Group (or multiple groups). Once you select and assign the desired courses and groups just click “Update User” and you are all set!

This new UI has been applied to the LearnDash Groups section, and we extended it to the Edit Course page as well. This means that now as you create (or edit) a course you can easily associate it to a LearnDash Group at the same time.

Significant Performance Improvements

While the new course and group enrollment features are more user-friendly from a UI perspective, they also have a significant impact on LearnDash speed and scaleability.

But it didn’t stop there. Changes were also made to the way course content is called, including the use of lazy-load logic resulting in quicker page-loads.

We tested these changes on sites running many LearnDash courses with upwards of 40,000 active users and we are pleased to report that the LearnDash experience was quite snappy – undoubtedly quicker than previous versions.

These improvements are available for you today. If you don’t see this from your admin dashboard, please reference this support article for some guidance on updating.

For a full list of updates please reference the changelog.

Exciting Developments Ahead

Today’s release is also exciting because we have made some additional changes to LearnDash in preparation for new functionality coming your way!

One of which is in relation to user interaction while the other is with regards to the (much anticipated) ProPanel version 2.0 – both are already in development!

To wrap-up this update I want to personally extend a thank-you to all of you using LearnDash for your learning programs. We are privileged to have you all as customers and humbled that you have chosen us as your WordPress LMS.

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

78 Comments
  1. Congratulations for the upgrade and many thanks for your team. I am looking forward to the new version to be upgraded.

    Could you also do some upgrade on your add-on Learndash Course Grid? I find if I add some content into the course description in a course edit page, I cannot upgrade that page. Another issue is the list display all the course with a price free no matter what the price is. Maybe this is because that I use woo commerce integration?

    Anyway, I love all the functions from Learndash and your support is so good.

    • Thank you Alex. In a way this is now possible since an Admin can now mark a course as complete for a user (which awards the course certificate). But we’ll look into additional capabilities related to this – thanks for the suggestion!

  2. Great update! Thank you to you and the entire LearnDash team for these important upgrades.

    Its awesome to see the continued focus on performance and user functionality that benefit course creators and students.

  3. John Ross

    That’s so awesome Justin! I’ll make sure to tell the rest of my followers that they can expect even more performance when using LearnDash

  4. Congratulations for keeping a steady update scheme and listening to your users. Nice update with cool features on both usability and integration. Looking forward for the rest of the goodies you also mention. Keep on rocking!

  5. Thanks for the continued support to this excellent plugin.

    My only request is that you add some sort of theming functionality like with Sensei’s template system, so that I don’t have to keep re-editing the UI elements every time I update. Otherwise, I end up ignoring minor updates due to all of the work involved.

    Many thanks for all of your hard work thus far.

  6. Helma

    This is awesome news at a perfect time 🙂
    This will make some things so much easier to set up on the Admin site.
    Thank you for all your hard work on this LMS – wonderful!

    Helma

  7. I cannot tell you how appreciated the new course enrolment UI is within groups. It will save us hours!

    Think about extending admin capability to reset an individual quiz for an individual user. This will help to give poor quiz attempts another go without allowing every user in the database 2 attempts.

  8. David Mount

    Awesome! I’ve been waiting for this. Can you also make group leaders able to mark content complete? This would help me greatly.

  9. David Mount

    Another great option would be to allow group leaders to enroll users in their groups into courses. It would be even better to allow group leaders to add users to their group from a list of all users.

    Great job on!

  10. The admin “mark complete” function is an excellent addition. I previously cloned an entire course (and was about to have to do it again for another course) just so that I could let some users move around at will while keeping the majority on a linear progression. Now I can just have the one linear progression course and mark it complete for specific individuals. Saved me a lot of time! Thanks.

  11. Brandon

    When I try to update I get this error: “An error occurred while updating LearnDash LMS: Download failed. Forbidden”

    • Hi Anthony-

      First make sure the version is “2.2.1” from your PLUGINS menu. You can see the changes if you navigate to a user’s profile. Look for the panels for assigning the user to a group or a course. If you still encounter an issue or don’t see the changes, please open a support ticket.

  12. Excited about these updates, especially the group functionality (which I have already talked to you about), so thank you. I’m looking forward to better integration with MailChimp in one of the near future releases. 😉

  13. Sounds great Justin! Will this update impact the sending of xAPI statements from LD to the LRS? The Mark Complete button? I have over 150 topics and lessons in one course.

    Regards!

  14. Ellen

    Love to see the ongoing improvements! Is there a roadmap somewhere that shows what’s coming in the new Pro Panel? I’m looking at some custom programming, and hoping some of the issues will be addressed in the new version. Thanks.

  15. Hi Justin, as always you make steady great improvements to your platform.
    I have two questions as a developer.
    1. Will this update break any custom extension that connects to the LD hooks and functions?
    2. Have you added any new action and filter hooks? I think that this is still an area where you need to improve

  16. Once again, a great update! Thanks for your hard work on continual improvements!

    Question though – since I updated, my course Content Cloner add-on no longer appears to be working. Is anyone else having this issue? Tips for solving it?

    • Hi Halle-

      Thanks! Regarding the item you mentioned, you may wish to bring it up to the vendor of that add-on (WisdmLabs). For what it’s worth we haven’t heard of this elsewhere, but I shot them a note as well just in case 🙂

  17. Shawn McElroy

    Is it possible to copy or duplicate an existing course without downloading a third party plugin?

    Thanks,
    Shawn

  18. Justin

    This is great! So if a user completes something and is able to move on, and then admin marks it incomplete later, will they be prompted to go back and redo that lesson?

    Thanks!

  19. john reynolds

    Awesome.
    We’re (just about) ready to launch a new site with Learndash at the core. Perfect timing.

    Just so that I am sure, when using learndash groups for group enrolment, I select the group first (from LHS box) and then add then to the course (right hand box)?

    Is that the way it is done? Very, very easy way to get 400 users enrolled at once!
    Thank you.

  20. Congrats for the new release! We have at the moment more than 2.000 students enrolled in our courses, and we know that this is possible thanks to LearnDash!! Thank you!!

  21. This is great! And once again, right at the perfect time!

    However, while I do have the updated version 2.2.1.1, I do not seem to have the mark complete capability as described. There are no checkboxes. It just shows the enrolled courses, and an [Edit][Details] option.

    Any suggestions would be great!

    • Thanks for the comment Halle! Might be theme related. If you’re running the Social Learning theme by BuddyBoss, you’ll need to update to the latest “Boss for LearnDash” plugin. If you still don’t see it (or if you’re running another theme) just shoot us a note.

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