Schedule Content By Specific Date!

LearnDash Updates latestToday marks the final major update to LearnDash for the 2014 calendar year, and we hope that you are just as excited as we are about the possibilities that this new feature gives you for your courses.

As always, thank you all so much for your continued support of LearnDash.

Your ideas, suggestions, and kind words motivate us every single day to bring you the best WordPress LMS possible. Thank you!

Without further ado, onto the update!

Drip Lessons by Date

Quite some time ago we made it possible for you to sequentially drip-feed (schedule) your lesson content.

As a quick reminder, the scheduling mechanism in LearnDash allowed you to specify the number of days after course enrollment that the content should become visible.

For example, you could set Lesson 1 to be visible immediately, Lesson 2 to unlock two days later, and so on.

We were proud to be the first in the WordPress LMS industry to offer this feature as it allowed you to get creative with how you offered your courses, it helped to protect your content, and to limit the possibility of immediate refund requests.

Today this feature is growing up!

In addition to scheduling your content to become available “X” days after enrollment, you can also choose a specific date!

How To Schedule by Date

Setting your lesson content to appear by a certain date is pretty straight-forward, all you have to do is:

  1. Add a new Lesson
  2. Give the Lesson a title and add content
  3. At the bottom of the lesson, use the date selector field to select a date the content should become available.

That’s it! Your lesson will not be accessible until the specified date.

This is fantastic if you are offering one-off training events, limitied-time promotions, or perhaps an online course for your classroom.

How to Get This New Feature

This feature is now available in version 2.0.6 of LearnDash. Update to the latest version to receive access to this feature.

What’s Next?

Wow, 2014 has flown by!

We spent much of this year evolving LearnDash based on feedback we received as well as learning industry best-practices. We can say quite confidently that your suggestions have helped to make LearnDash the go-to learning management system across a large variety of industries!

Looking to the future, we have some major plans (some of which are currently going through testing). Not only will next year bring new features, but also entire new directions for LearnDash as we continue our ultimate goal of creating the most flexible learning management available.

We hope that you stay safe over the holidays and get an opportunity to relax, because we will be going full-speed in 2015!

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

42 Comments
  1. Hi Justin,

    I’m really happy to have made the choice to learndash.
    And I get every update, every new features, like a new door opening.
    Thank you to the team and to you Justin.

    Regards
    Ludovic

  2. Congratulations! 2014 has given us great satisfaction and “other things”;) but certainly one of the best was to contact Learndash and take your LCMS to our platform of services to our customers.

    In addition to your technical talent, we feel well supported by your close attention to help us resolve our doubts and solve problems of new implementations in another language.

    Warm regards for Kloe and for you, Justin.Thank you very much!

    Happy New Year!

    Mario

  3. Vivek Gupta

    Great feature Justin
    I had prepared a complicated excel template to calculate the days from course offering till when a specific lesson shoul be visible. I am going to delete that sheet right away! Happly Holidays and thanks for this gift!!!
    Vivek

  4. Debra

    This is fantastic! I’ve been wanting to offer a year-long mentoring program, with material to be released on specific dates throughout the year. This will help tremendously! And I’m so glad you’ve also integrated it with both Easy Digital Downloads and bbPress.

  5. Marc

    Justin,

    Really appreciate the work you and your team are doing. Consider this your holiday greeting, and wishing you another great year ahead. I appreciate the effort.

    Marc

  6. Wim Mathijssen

    Justin,
    Thanks for all the good work you did this year. I hope you will find the time to enjoy the christmas holidays as well.
    What I wanted to know is, if there is the possibility to give a date to end the availability of a course. It would be most helpful in the situation of a subscription that ends at the end of a school year, for example.
    Wim

  7. How different the world would be if every company came up to your standards. I am always amazed a the work you do and the speed of the responses to questions. Happy Holidays. II too am very thankful not just for Learn Dash and my great decision to use it 🙂 but also for the administration that takes such joy in meeting and delighting the customer. Thanks for everything.

  8. Jeff Slapp

    Great job Justin. 2014 has been a great year with updates!! Having LearnDash from the beginning, it’s amazing to think of all of the development in really a short period of time. I look forward to 2015, but for now take a well deserved break and enjoy the holidays!!

    Jeff

  9. Robert Slingsby

    After being manhandled by our IT department for the last five years I am pleased to say that I am now liberated!!!!
    LearnDash simply rocks!
    Thank you LearnDash Team

  10. Ian Wallace

    Is it possible to use LearnDash to email out content to individual course participants as a drip-feed? So for each individual who enrols, each one gets a series of emails at set intervals after their initial enrolment?
    Thanks for a great LMS!
    Ian

  11. Dreitausend

    I need to have the same course start on each saturday. Is that possible?
    either …
    a) telling the course to start once a week on saturday
    or …
    b) changing the specific date just after the course stared on the first saturday to the next saturday. Question here is: Will the lessons still drip when the course starts on the first saturday and I change the starting date then to the saturday one week later? Or will the content stop dripping until the second saturday starts?

    • Thanks for the note. Once a course is published it is ‘live’ and available for registration. You can then deliver the content on a specific date or set the content to deliver “x” days after enrollment.

  12. Boris

    Hello,

    I’m trying to incorporate mailchimp with my lessons and i have one little issue.

    My client wants emails for 1 course to be sent on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and that i did with mailchimp and i scheduled it by request of client to 6:00 a.m.

    Problem is I don’t know at what time does lesson becomes available after it meets it’s set date.

    What I’m asking is when you set your lesson in field “Make lesson visible on specific date” to be for example on 27th of April at what time will it be available ?

    And question that is related to this one …. Can i adjust at what time (including date) lessons become available?

    Thank you

  13. I know this is an old post, but I have a question about this. Is there a way with this feature to schedule by a specific date, and only that date? For instance, I only want to make the course available for one day, and it expires when that day is complete?

    • Hi Brad-

      Content can be scheduled on a specific date via Lessons, and courses can be marked to expire “x” days after enrollment. These two features can be aligned so that content is only available for one day and then course access removed entirely.

  14. Gaorii

    After enabling drip-feed, I can’t (pre-)view the page myself. It shows “available on: …”
    I’m an admin for the wp-site. Any ideas?

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