New Quiz Builder, Reusable Questions, and Status of 3.0!

Latest update takes quizzing to a whole new level in the LMS industry (plus an update on the coming LearnDash 3.0)!

First, let me address the obvious: things have been a tad quiet lately on the LearnDash update front. However, I can assure you that this is not because we aren’t doing anything… actually it’s quite the opposite!

Today we have released an update which pushes the boundaries in not just the WordPress learning management system industry, but the entire LMS industry.

And at the end of this post I will let you know where we currently are with LearnDash 3.0, the biggest update ever to come to LearnDash since our initial release.

Introducing the New LearnDash Quiz Builder

You asked for it, so here it is! 🙂

This latest version of LearnDash has many improvements to the quiz creation process. Specifically, it makes it possible for you to quickly spin-up quizzes using the drag-and-drop builder that echos the functionality of the LearnDash Course Builder.

As you can see in the video above this greatly streamlines the quiz creation process. It also reduces the resources required on your site for creating (and managing) quiz questions. For example, you can now easily re-use questions across any number of quizzes without having to make a duplicate!

For the developers out there, you will be happy to learn that quiz questions in LearnDash are now each their own individual post type, opening them up to easier modifications and enhancements.

In order to start using this new functionality you will need to run a data upgrade after updating to LearnDash v2.6.

  1. Take a backup of your site.
  2. Go to LearnDash LMS > Settings > Data Upgrade (tab).
  3. Find the “Upgrade Question Data” option (last option on this page).
  4. Click the Upgrade button.

Once complete you will now have the Quiz Builder option available when creating a new quiz!

If you want the ability to share questions across quizzes then there is a setting to enable this under LEARNDASH LMS > QUIZZES > QUIZ OPTIONS.

While the quiz is the most obvious enhancement made in Version 2.6, there are a number of additional updates included in this version. For example, there is now the ability to manually change a course enrollment date from a user’s profile (perfect for getting late joiners onto the same lesson drip-feed schedule).

See the changelog for a full list of the updates and fixes.

Let’s talk about LearnDash 3.0!

I will cut straight to the point as I know many of you have been eagerly awaiting for the LearnDash 3.0 release. Our original plan was to have this in your hands this year. Unfortunately that won’t happen. The short of it is that our project timeline was thrown off by the pending WordPress 5.0 release (Gutenberg) as well as an increase in scope for 3.0.

The good news is that we are well into LearnDash 3.0 development.

The original plan was to focus on freshening up the front-end templates. However, as we dug into your feedback more, and through having phone interviews with those of you using LearnDash currently, we felt that 3.0 was the perfect opportunity to bring you something more. The entire product is being improved on the front-end and in the back-end.

In short: LearnDash 3.0 is the biggest undertaking that the software has seen, ever.

Three is better than one.

I am a believer that no company, no matter how experienced, is good at everything. It’s important (almost necessary) to occasionally “get out of your own way” in order for true, positive change to result.

It is for this very reason that we have brought in not one, but two incredibly talented firms to work with us in bringing you the very best in learning management!

For the back-end UX/UI we brought in 10up, an award winning firm whose clients include the likes of TechCrunch.

For the front-end design we brought in 3.7Designs, a leader in instructional design theory and the team behind the custom LearnDash implementation at the University of Michigan.

With all three of our teams working together everything is starting to take shape, and it’s resulting in something really special!

When will LearnDash 3.0 be ready?

No one is more eager for LearnDash 3.0 to be released than me. While I would have loved for this to be sooner, the reality is that the shifting landscape of WordPress 5.0 does impact us, especially with the back-end updates we are working on. And of course a project of this undertaking can’t be rushed.

As of today we are on schedule for an early 2019 release.

I should note that the release of version 3.0 is just the beginning. It’s not a “one-and-done” effort. We have a roadmap of enhancements to follow that will very much follow the “3.0 ethos”.

I want to take an opportunity to thank all of you so much for choosing LearnDash to power your online course programs. The stories you share are inspiring, and they motivate us to continue bringing you a best-in-class LMS.

Until next time!

PS: If you haven’t already, I encourage you to join the LearnDash Facebook Group. It’s a great place to learn from others’ success and to network with folks using LearnDash!

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Justin Ferriman is the co-founder and CEO of LearnDash, the WordPress LMS trusted by Fortune 500 companies, major universities, training organizations, and entrepreneurs worldwide for creating (and selling) their online courses. Twitter | LinkedIn

51 Responses

  1. Hey Justin, nice little improvement to the quiz making process with the builder, and good luck with the version 3.0 update. Seems exciting to be bringing talent on board.
    Quick question re: quiz: Will LD 3.0 include look-and-feel improvements to the quiz? I find that the quiz doesn’t inherit styles from my template and is quite dull look-wise.

    1. The builder itself is completely new functionality, significantly modified from the previous version. For instance, each question being migrated to its own post type.

    1. While we don’t have free trials, if you purchase and decide within 30 days that LearnDash isn’t going to be a good choice for your project, just email us and we will issue you a refund. All we ask is that if you do encounter a roadblock that you reach out to our support team.

  2. Looks great. However,we already have questions which have been reused in multiple quizzes. Will these appear as duplicates in the new version? If so is there a simple way to remove the duplicates without removing them from the existing quizzes?

  3. Hey thanks for the update! i just wanted to echo support for pushing out your timeline in favour of making your next major update something that tackles more of what people are asking for. Take your time so that you’re proud of what comes out at the end!

  4. I have a number of existing stand alone (not associated with any courses) quizs in Learn Dash 2.4.7. This old version has not the capability of issuing certificates at the successful completion of a quiz. Will this new version have this feature?

  5. This looks great! And we’re so excited for the 3.0 release. Will 3.0 include cross completion for topics reused in multiple lessons?

    1. Thanks Amber! No, it will not. LD3.0’s focus is UX/UI, template updates, and a couple new features based on e-learning trends.

  6. Hi Justin, looking forward to it & thanks for the update! Are you able to please give us some feedback on the issues with the Notifications add on? It seems very buggy, hopefully this is on your radar to fix shortly…

  7. I’m new to LearnDash and am about to launch our first project using the LMS.

    I’m concerned that if I upgrade, it may mess up the flow of our project.

    What do you recommend?

    1. You can upgrade confidently. As always, take a back-up of your site prior to updating though for that extra piece of mind.

  8. Hi Justin and Team!
    I do not want to be unpolite, and I do not speak perfect English, but here you have my considerations:
    When you have a large question bank you need to be able to bulk import your questions from a spreadsheet or database, together with options. Drag and drop would be really time consuming, even if it works for small quizzes. Bulk import would be a great game changer.
    Keep up the good work!

  9. I hope for Version 3.0 there are improvements for users profile with their courses and sorting of them. If a student is enrolled in say 25 courses it is hard for them to navigate as to which ones are left, which ones are done and have a certificate or which ones have been started.
    Would love some type of navigation inside their profile such as Active, Inactive, All and then maybe type sorting. Just food for thought.

    Also, would love the admin to be able to manually add another exam attempt if someone fails or orders again.

    Love that you all keep progressing and pushing the limits!

    1. This is vital. ‘Students’ must be able to check progress of course completions, else the responsibilities of mgmt (in any workplace here) is always left entirely with the site owner -> this needs to shift to the students to prevent such a culture of unaccountability breeding via LMS

  10. Thank you Justin for this update. I love getting emails from Learndash on new features and your roadmap. I have a quick question, will the UI/UX changes in the front end be significant? What if our users are so used to the current UI/UX that the new update will cause them issues? Thank you1!

    1. Thanks Mahmoud! Yes, all templates are being updated with more intelligent design, as well as new templates. If anything the templates will help improve navigation. You also can opt to keep the legacy templates, though I don’t think you’ll want to when you see what’s new.

  11. Sounds like a well thought out plan that applies a lot of common sense. I will be using the new Quiz Builder soon. Thanks for that. Happy holidays and good luck moving into 2019.

  12. Great going. I would love to build quizzes that are divided into parts/sections (x number of questions per part), with a final grade given at the end of all parts. Is that possible?

      1. I currently use the existing categories to assist with a form of adaptive learning, in that, I assign each question to a topic/subtopic, so that upon completion of a quiz, students can focus on their weak versus strong areas.

        I would still want to be able to provide that feedback to students even if its a multipart quiz. By multipart I mean, eg. 100 question but they will complete part 1 with 25 question, then part 2 with 25 question etc.

  13. Hi Justin, great to hear LD 3.0 is coming soon. Will it have a multi-instructors feature as offered by many other LMS? The available add-on is not satisfactory and work around is clunky and tedious to set up.

    1. Multi-instructor enhancements are not in scope for initial 3.0 but we’ll be exploring additional types of roles.

  14. Hey Justin,
    Would the new 3.0 based on the latest trend in the elearning industry incorporate the feature where one can create additional tier levels. Currently you have Courses>Lessons>Topics. say for example .. Section>Courses>Lessons>Topics or Courses>Lessons>Topics>Sub-category so one can create a program pathway.

    Additionally, selling at different tier / granular level within the course would be awesome.For example sell at Lesson level so the course is open and learners can buy at unit or lesson level or topic level. This would help create a great UX as some elearning courses are having this.

  15. Hi Justin,

    I’ve been using learn Dash for about 3 years.

    It would be great to see ways to reset and delete individual coarse data on the backend.

    To reset a course for a returning customer, it requires I delete all of the data even from other courses they have enrolled in.

    If you would like to hear more about exactly what I am suggesting give me a call 316-243-7096 or e-mail.

    Kind regards, Jeff

    1. Hi Jeffery-
      You can do this. Go to the user’s profile, click ‘details’ next to the desired course, and un-select any item you wish to remove from their profile.

  16. Justin, great work on the Quiz Builder. Keep up the good work!

    Are you planing to add separate categories and tags for the quizzes somewhere in the future? Right now they share the regular posts’s categories & tags. It would be great to have them apart.

    1. Thanks Angel! Actually, this is already a feature 🙂

      Go to LEARNDASH LMS > QUIZZES > QUIZ OPTIONS and you can activate Quiz specific categories/tags.

  17. 3.0 sounds great, but I have a question. Will it require any rework of existing lessons to take advantage of the changes? Will lessons/courses created after 3.0 be different than those before? Or will all existing content automatically inherit the changes?

  18. Anything improvements related to Quiz Reports? I use a mid-course quiz & end-course quiz for getting course related feedback. Is it possible to collate that data in one report?

  19. I’m very nervous about this ‘question data upgrade’. I have over 3000 questions in over 100 quizzes and if it doesn’t work accurately, it will really impact my business. We have also developed functionality to be able to create questions and update questions from a google sheet, I hope that won’t need to be all redone as it was a huge amount of work. We have various other developments, so this will be a huge effort to do regression testing.

    While these new features are great, please bear in mind the effort and disruption that it will makes for long time users, both in regression testing and fixing issues.

    1. We did extensive testing, but you should always proceed taking the necessary precautions. It’s a good idea to run any update first on a dev environment, and to take backups.

  20. Are the 3rd party add-ons collaborating with you 3.0 release? IE BadgeOS? Will the functionality of BadgeOS still be triggered by Learndash 3.0 events?

    1. Hi Ella, peer assessment is something we are looking into further. It’s not something that’s in scope for 3.0.

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