Webinar Replay: The Great E-Course Adventure

Without question this is the best example of gamification we have seen on a LearnDash powered learning program.

Many people want to use gamification because it’s trendy.

Others use it because they know that gamification can have a positive impact on learning retention.

Andy and Bradley from The Great E-Course Adventure use it to create an immersive online learning experience that I have never seen before.

They create a new world for their learners, complete with characters side-stories, skits, and gamification elements.

Recently I had the pleasure to jump onto a webinar with Bradley and Andy to talk about their set-up. They were gracious enough to give me a “behind the scenes” look into how they configured their learning portal.

In This Webinar You Will Learn

  • How to create immersive online learning experience
  • The benefit of creating courses in this way
  • What plugins (free and paid) they use to make it all happen
  • How to build a thriving community around your content

Andy and Bradley really don’t hold anything back in this discussion.

Other than the technical set-up (which is impressive to say the least), it was clear to me that both Bradley and Andy have a genuine desire to help their students succeed. Their passion comes through and it is evident in the quality of their course content.

If you like to see how others are using LearnDash and various plugins to create their courses then grab a cup of coffee, a notepad, and watch this webinar.

If you have any questions or comments then don’t hesitate to leave them in the comment section below!

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Author

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

26 Responses

  1. Hi guys,

    I’m loving this webinar. You guys did a great job with your platform (it’s really way more than a course). Tonight I’ll join to experience it for myself.

    Can you post a list of the tech elements you used (WP Themes, plugins, etc)?

    This is really inspiring. Congratulations on this amazing project!

    1. Hi Martin-

      In case Bradley and Andy don’t see your comment, I can say that they are using:

      LearnDash
      BuddyPress
      Beaver Builder
      Social Learner by BuddyBoss
      PaidMemebershipsPro
      MyCred

      (to name a few)

    2. Hey Martin, thanks so much for saying so. It’s honestly been the funnest project I’ve ever worked on in my life. The way we have merged our creativity with our passions and business minds has been a blast. It’s really fun to see what our community is starting to create as a result from being inspired.

      I look forward to sharing the journey up the mountain when you get signed up. Be sure to introduce yourself around the campfire 😉

      1. Hey Brad!

        It really looks like you guys had a blast. This project injected and fueled your course (it even sounds weird to use that word) with meaning and gusto.

        I’ll definitely say hi from inside.

  2. This is amazing. It’s what we should all strive to grow up to be. I actually had most of these ideas already, but trying to turn them into a reality is much easier said than done. It’s hard enough to just create boring content with slides and then build a website and hook up all the stuff, then get people to actually notice it and then pay you money; let alone create this immersive experience with tons of green screen story boarding and custom graphics.

    That said, it shouldn’t deter you from trying. One of my big inspirations in this field is the Code School site. It’s been doing this green screen + story boards + immersive learning for a long time now. Each Course has it’s own theme and the lessons build through that theme’s story/experience.

    I think the ecourse adventure guys method is even better for most people as it ties the entirety of the site into one major theme/adventure/story.

    I just want to remind everyone that these guys have been doing this for over a year and a half and before that had experience with courses, websites, and other stuff that helped them in the creation of this site. If you’re just starting out with no experience what so ever, don’t be discouraged if your product isn’t like this. It happens over time, like they said. It’s not a get rich quick scheme. It’s a long journey. You CAN get there eventually. Take baby steps!

    The point is to have an end goal in mind when you start, so that all your decisions and effort get you headed in the right direction. This video and I’m sure their website help with that. Good Luck!

    1. Excellent points and reminder Matthew. An online course (or learning program) should undergo multiple iterations as you learn more about what works and what does not work for your students. It’s not a “one and done” deal – at least not the lasting ones.

    2. Thanks for chiming in Matthew. Doing courses this way is indeed a heck of a creative adventure.

      We tell our students that if this is their first mountain, they should begin with what we call a “Walk in the Park” (AKA – mini course). Come up with a simple lesson series and then use our theme’ification and gamification philosophies and apply them to that micro experience.

      Also, I will say: We honestly had no idea what we were doing when we came up with the idea for the eCourse Adventure. We just keep figuring it out. And when people begin the journey, our first videos start off slow and unpolished. But the further along we got, the better we got and the closer to the top of the mountain you get, the more epic the journey, story, effects and experience becomes.

      THAT and we didn’t cut our hair (or my beard) the whole time of building this, so as you go up the mountain, our hair gets longer and we look more and more like mountain men.

      I challenged ANYONE out there to even just try making ONE 2-minute video that applies the use of a theme. Watch how much fun you can have.

  3. Good webinar, looks like a great set of courses and features. We are currently working on a version 2 of our site. Thanks for the info and example of some things to do.

    1. Awesome Jeff, glad you enjoyed the webinar. We have a Choose your Own Adventure mini course on how to build a share-worthy course or student learning experience (built with BeaverBuilder). You may find it inspiring too. Check it out at http://www.CoursesWorthSharing.com Good luck with the 2.0 website.

  4. Check out the free masterclass intro at the bottom of their site. Epic! It’s Disney meets Einstein meets McFarland (without the fart jokes). We run a school with live courses and hope to move some content online as well as the testing so we can get our students psyched to study at home and reach their full potential. These guys will be the shining star – our true North – along with great tools like Learndash to get ‘Eric done. Thanks for the webinar Justin.

    1. Hey Ryan, that’s about the best compliment we’ve ever received. Especially the McFarland one! LOL

      If you haven’t seen it yet, definitely take a look at our Choose your Own Adventure mini course on how to build a share-worthy course or student learning experience (built with BeaverBuilder). You may find it inspiring too. Check it out at http://www.CoursesWorthSharing.com

      We’ll happily accept the opportunity to help you craft an incredible course that your students LOVE.

      Onwards to Launch Summit we go!

  5. Great webinar. Inspiring and informative. Useful to see behind the scenes and learn how the plug-ins can be implemented. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Glad you enjoyed it Neale. If you’re looking to dig into a little more of our content, I shared a couple free courses we’ve made that’ll take you deeper into our Experience Design philosophies.

      The one is our Masterclass (outerspace Star Wars themed) at http://www.coursesworthsharing.com/mcls

      The other is a choose your own adventure mini course at http://www.coursesworthsharing.com

      They’re both super fun to go through.

      Hope this spurs some new creative ideas for your work!

      1. Thanks Brad and Justin – already gone thru the masterclass – great ideas – got the workbook need to go thru it and see where it takes me. Willcheck out the course worth sharing as well.

        Thank you for sharing your ideas. Your work ties in a lot with Seth Godin’s philosophies. I am currently going thru his Marketing Seminar program which has an active community forum built-in to it (He doesn’t dress up he but does wear different coloured glasses).

        1. Yes, we have huge respect for Seth and his work. We do our best to apply his philosophies to our work. I do reckon we are a purple cow in the eLearning industry. It’s so great to see the word spreading about what we’ve created and that so many people resonate with WHY we’re doing what we do.

          Keep us posted on your creative inspirations and hopefully we see you around the mountain soon.

      2. How do you rate Zoom as a platform for webinars?

        I have used GoTo Training (Based on GoTo Webinar) for a number of years and am considering changing to Zoom.

    1. Hey Alan, great question. We created the Courses Worth Sharing site quite a while ago now.

      Our top three recommendations in the GEA are as follows:

      1. Teachable if you have no/limited budget or tech skills.

      2. LifterLMS+BeaverBuilder if you have moderate tech skills and budget.

      3. LearnDash+BeaverBuilder+BuddyPress+Social Learner by BuddyBoss+PaidMemebershipsPro+MyCred if you have solid tech experience or a team and moderate budget.

      Hope that makes sense? Thanks for reminding us to update that tech page and add LearnDash!

  6. Hi guys, this is awesome! I wonder if you’d be willing to share the line of code that was needed to integrate MyCred. We’re building a corporate training site with LD, Social Learner, Memberium and IS, and I’d love to implement virtual currency to reward learners with our branded merchandise to expand their “uniform” options at work. Any insight on this (MyCred) to shorten the learning/implementation curve would be great.
    Many thanks!!

    1. Hey Brian (love your last name), sounds super cool. Glad Justin pointed you in the right direction with your integration. If you and your team want to brainstorm, I love finding creative ways to gamify courses. I’d be happy to offer you 30 minutes of pure creative brainstorming if you want to explore other ideas for your course. Just reach out at our website if you do. I’m off grid til next Monday, but I’ll return your message upon my return to civilization! Love that you’re creating your own currency too. The bajillion has been a big hit amongst our mountain travellers!

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