May 15th, 2013 Announcements

LearnDash-Version-1.3.0Today I am extremely pleased to announce the latest version of LearnDash, Version 1.3.0! Without a doubt, this is the biggest update we have done since our original release back in January.

Admittedly, we have been a bit quiet lately, but only because our heads have been down enhancing the LearnDash offering based on all our customer’s suggestions. First, I want to extend a HUGE thank you to everyone who writes us with suggestions on how to improve LearnDash. We are 100% committed to continuous improvement. And now, without further ado: the new features!

Integrated Advanced Quizzing

This is hands-down the biggest update not only to LearnDash, but in the entire WordPress LMS plugin market. We have integrated a new Advanced Quiz for those of you who want more than just multiple choice. It would be impossible for me to list all the features as this quiz is so flexible, you are only limited by your imagination. That said, some of the main features of this new quiz include:

  • Insert Videos for question or answer choices
  • Insert Images for question or answer choices
  • Single choice, multiple choice, free text, and sorting question types (to name a few!)
  • Set quiz time-limits
  • Question review feature so users can see exactly what they missed
  • Option to assign points for each question
  • Leader Board so users can compare how they did to everyone else
  • Option for email notifications to the admin when a quiz has been completed
  • Give hints for more difficult questions
  • Option to show one question at a time, or all at once
  • Question-by-question statistics
  • Create a “Question Bank” (i.e. display only 10 out of 20 questions)
  • And much, MUCH more!

CLICK HERE to read more and to view Quiz Examples

Just like before, you can set a passing score for your quiz and require users to meet this score before they are allowed to move on – and as always you can administer a certificate to those who meet the certificate threshold.

We are extremely excited about the possibilities you have with the advanced quiz. Oh, and we should mention that the original quiz is not going away. If you just need to create a few quick multiple choice options questions, you can still go with the standard quiz functionality. We are all about giving you options 🙂 … In the weeks to come, we will be discussing various ways you can leverage the new quiz functionality, so check the blog each week for new tips and tricks!

Timed Lessons

We think this one is pretty cool and is a direct result of some comments we received on this blog. When you create a lesson for a course, you now have the option to set a timer which blocks the ability to mark the lesson complete until time is up. This way your users can’t just keep clicking “Mark Complete” to progress through the course, and it gives you some more control over the entire learning experience. Simply enter the number of minutes and seconds you want users to stay in the lesson and LearnDash takes care of the rest. Once the timer gets to zero, the Mark Complete button becomes active!

User Profile Shortcodes

We want LearnDash to be easy to use, and that’s why we are implementing more and more shortcodes based on your suggestions. It has never been easier to create a user profile page for your LMS. Simply create a page and paste the My Courses shortcode and the user will be able to see all the courses that they have access to, along with the link to the course. You can also include the Course Progress shortcode to display their progress and quiz results. Everything they need is on one page – no need to go into their WordPress profile!

List Courses, Lessons, and Quizzes by Tag

We have enhanced the shortcodes to allow you to list your courses, lessons, and quizzes by a specific Tag. Now, for example, if you only want to display a specific group of courses, you can do so by indicating the course Tag to display. This gives you added flexibility on how you want to display your course list to your users.

Mark Complete Functionality for Non-Linear Courses

Now you have the option to turn off the forced lesson progression but still utilize the Mark Complete buttons to capture course progress. The users’ profiles will still be updated.

Dynamic Lesson & Quiz Titles

Don’t have any lessons or quizzes assigned to your course – well you will be pleased to know that the “Lessons” and “Quizzes” titles will vanish if you don’t have any, resulting in a cleaner user experience.

Minor Bug Fixes and Tweaks

The never ending battle of software development. We continued to refine the code to squash those pesky bugs!


Our experience consulting in the learning industry has taught us that learning is not stagnant, a philosophy we apply directly to LearnDash. Since our launch in January, we have had three major updates, released a variety of free add-ons, and continue to take your suggestions into consideration for future releases. We are thankful for those of you who have chosen LearnDash as your LMS provider – and we will continue to serve you by enhancing LearnDash based on your feedback.

Until next time!

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About Justin Ferriman

Justin started LearnDash, the WordPress LMS trusted by Fortune 500 companies, major universities, training organizations, and entrepreneurs worldwide. He is currently founder & CEO of GapScout. Justin's Homepage | GapScout | Twitter


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So great, Justin! Thanks for the advanced quiz 🙂

Avatar Iwona

You are very welcome, thank YOU for the suggestions!

Awesome! I can’t wait to dive into the advanced quiz feature! That looks like it will be very helpful for me!

Avatar Jeff VanDrimmelen

Wow and I was thinking about sending you and email about 1 or 2 of these new functions (wondering whether they could be added) and you’ve added those and many more. Great news.



Great, glad to hear it John!

This is great news Justin. I’ll be spending the rest of the day playing with the new upgrade and then updating my website with it. Thank you!

How do I get the updated version? I don’t see anything in my admin that will say update?

Hi Simone, if you are running version 1.2 or later, you will get a notification to update to the newest version. Sometimes the API takes a bit of time. If you don’t want to wait, log into the support site at and download the updated version (you will need to uninstall/delete your current version and then upload and activate the new one). None of your previous data will be lost.

Great stuff, LearnDash! Thanks for the update and added functionality. This is really becoming a powerful LMS that works for my needs.

Thanks Jason, glad you like it!

Great new Features! Will you, or have you already, provided any written or video documentation to help us learn more about and use the new features? If so, where should we look to find it?

Thanks, Steve Henwood

Hi Steve, all the new videos have been added to the support site ( Your username is the same as the email you used for purchase! Glad you like it!

I was looking at the original quiz plugin and had decided I was going to need it for my course, I think you read my mind!

Thanks! Can’t wait to get to this stage of my project.


Hey Justin,

I’ve been quiet as well, hard at work, so don’t worry! This quiz stuff sounds amazing. I can’t wait (but have to b/c of the hard work) to try it out and implement it. It’s exactly one of the things I was looking for. Keep up the good work!

Thanks Greg! Keep on workin’ 😉 When you catch your breath, play around with the new updates!

Justin, you keep nailing it!! About the only other thing that would make me really happy is a grade book that automatically captures the quiz scores for each course. KB is ok but not the best solution for asynchronous classes with many learners. Keep up the great work!!

Thanks Justin… Good features to have…

How to update the new plugin, any procedure to do it with out affecting the existing content… I am not able to fine any support video for this…. please help…

Avatar Mani

Hi Mani, there are instructions on how to update in You will be prompted to update the plugin from the Plugin menu. Your current data will not be affected, but it is always best practice to back-up your site before doing any kind of upgrade.

Hi. i have just updated and don’t see anywhere in the quizzes to have any other question types other than multiple choice. The Advanced Quiz area doesn’t mention it either. ?


Avatar Mik

HI again. I managed to figure t out – within creating an Advanced Quiz and then being able to add question types. Would be awesome if it was possible to add an ‘essay’ style question where a student can enter/submit a multi-line answer somehow.

Love this plugin btw. Best LMS out there 🙂

Avatar Mik

Hi Mik, glad you were able to figure it out, and thank you for the suggestion and compliment!

Justin, these are great additions. Any plans for the admin to be able to add a background image to the certificate to make it more “certificate-like?” We could then overprint the background using shortcodes.

Avatar Dale DILeo

Hi Dale, thanks for the comments. We had our attention on the quiz for a while, we can now shift our attention to other items – including the certificate. 🙂

Brilliant, thank you. Look forward to putting it to good use.
This plug in really does rock and by far the best support.

Avatar Andrew

Very good new features, but still awaiting localization. THEN, LearnDash will be amazing.

Avatar Daniel

Kindly send me the direct link to download learndash

Avatar hannah

Hi Hanna-
LearnDash is a premium plugin, meaning that you can download immediately after purchase. Let me know if you have additional questions!

What is user profile shortcode?

Avatar Satish

Hi Satish, you can find them in the Options for Courses menu including a description.

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