A Learning Management System (LMS) is a powerful learning tool, typically combining multiple lessons, followed by one or more exams to test competency. An LMS can be configured to automatically enroll new users with paid or free courses and produce certificates at the end of each exam the user passes. Moodle, perhaps the most widely implemented LMS at the moment offers almost every imaginable feature you would want but also has a relatively high learning curve from a configuration and design customization perspective.
Many people tend to install an external/standalone LMS and configure single sign-on (SSO) to allow users to seamlessly navigate through multiple systems without needing to log in again. This approach works, but impacts overall user experience (UX).
WordPress, a popular CMS, up until now has not had too many solid LMS integration options that were both feature rich and easy to use. LearnDash was launched earlier this week and helps fill this gap. It integrates nicely directly within WordPress so its users can use CMS and LMS features without noticing. Among LearnDash’s features are:
- The ability to create unlimited courses and lessons within each course
- The capability to sell courses using PayPal
- Quiz creation and automatic certificate generation for those who pass
- Course scheduling
- Intuitive user management, history and activity reporting
- Course feedback
- Mass email functionality for course participants
- Video and document upload capability
- One year professional support included in the price
At $99 ($69 with current promotion), this is a great LMS solution for the price. You do not need to struggle pushing your learning solution forward as you might need to do with other solutions due to the simple workflow and user interface. LearnDash’s professional support is there to help you get started as well.