The LearnDash 3.0 WordPress plugin is great for anyone who’s looking to sell online courses or offer training to students. It lets users build online courses, monetize them, manage administrative tasks, and leverage the latest tech tools in the e-learning (and WordPress) space.
Whether you’re an existing LearnDash user or are considering using the platform to sell online courses, LearnDash 3.0’s new and improved features make it possible for online course creators to deliver value to their students and enhance their learning experience.
With this in mind, in this article, we’ll take a closer look at the new features on offer with LearnDash 3.0 and how you can benefit from them.
What Is LearnDash?
LearnDash is a premium WordPress plugin that has transformed how e-learning works. As a course creation platform, it helps organizations, business institutions, non-profits, and developers transform their regular WordPress websites into interactive learning management systems.
New Features in LearnDash 3.0
Here, we’ll go over some of the standout features on offer with LearnDash 3.0.
Visually Impressive Courses
As an online course creator, you probably already know that creating an amazing course isn’t enough. You also need to present your course content in a way that engages students and enhances their learning experience. Unlike most online course plugins, LearnDash 3.0 is optimized for effective presentation out of the box.
It features a neat and organized design that is neither too simple nor too distracting. In fact, it follows a balanced approach that gives your course a professional look and feel and differentiates it from other e-learning platforms.
In addition to this, it comes with templates that are designed to make your content look visually appealing while sparking the learners’ interest in your course.
The new and improved presentation style adds credibility to your brand. You’ll be able to create intuitive (and informative) user profiles to let students access their course content along with simplified navigation tracking to help them easily find what they’re looking for.
Learners will also be able to track their course journey by keeping note of multiple progress status points, clear success, and warning notifications.
LearnDash Focus Mode
LearnDash 3.0’s Focus Mode feature lets you offer students a distraction-free online learning experience. It’s designed to help improve your course completion rates as well as retain more learners.
The LearnDash 3.0 plugin also comes ready for mobile devices. Considering the amount of time people spend using their phones, it only makes sense for online course creators to provide a consistent learning experience to students – even if they’re always on the go.
With LearnDash, your students will be able to switch between different devices (such as laptop and smartphone) and pick up wherever they left off.
Apart from content delivery, the UX features on offer with LearnDash 3.0 enable online learners to easily toggle Focus Mode enabling them to be in complete control of their learning experience.
Finally, Focus Mode and LearnDash built-in template elements (including content table, course navigation, certificate downloads, progress bars, and user profiles) can be fully-customized to meet your specific needs and preferences.
In addition to this, you’ll also be able to select brand colors, upload a custom logo, and set up your own branded learning platform all without having to code a single line.
User Registration and Login
LearnDash 3.0 offers additional user registration and login features than what you’d get with the usual WordPress plugin and theme ecosystem out of the box. In other words, you’re able to make it even easier for students to register for your course and access their user account.
It even lets you personalize the colors and logo on user registration and login pages. As a result, you’re able to deliver consistent (branded) user experiences for your students.
Building Your Course
LearnDash 3.0’s user interface and admin ecosystem has been completely re-designed to make it easy for online course creators to build courses and manage their students. All of the admin settings have been reworked and updated with relevant features including the course and quiz creation process.
The course and quiz builders in LearnDash 3.0 are more intuitive as compared to other e-learning platforms on the market.
The drag-and-drop feature makes it easy for course creators to reuse content in order to create new lessons (and quizzes) for different courses. This speeds up the course creation process since you don’t have to start from scratch each time.
LearnDash 3.0’s course builder allows users to easily add lessons, topics, and quizzes to their courses. As a result, course creators are able to add different layers to their course content and deliver more value to students.
Online courses aren’t complete without assessment tools that help determine student progress. A great course without the right quizzing capabilities defeats the purpose of learning. Similarly, complicated quiz settings often limit course creators from effectively leveraging this sort of functionality.
LearnDash 3.0 makes it easy for users to create quizzes for students by giving them full control over various quiz-related features. The best part is that the quiz builder and course builder work the same way. So, if you know how to use LearnDash’s course builder, getting started with the quiz builder will be a piece of cake.
Similar to the course builder section, the quiz builder also lets you reuse previously crafted questions. This way, you’ll be able to create new questions without having to put in any extra manual work.
You’ll be able to quickly add questions and modify their settings directly from within the quiz builder.
Here’s a quick step-by-step look at how you can create questions directly in the quiz builder:
- Choose the right question type. For example, you may choose single choice, multiple choice, fill in the blank, essay or open answer, etc….
- After selecting the question type, the settings available to you will adjust accordingly and you’ll be able to configure the question.
- Once you’ve completed your question, you can add pre-configured results messages to it. For instance, for correct answers, you might display a custom message such as You’re right! or That’s correct! and for each incorrect answer, you might say That’s incorrect!
The quiz builder also lets you go back and make changes to your questions by editing them.
LearnDash Bootcamp and Documentation
LearnDash 3.0 enables users to quickly get up and running with course creation via LearnDash Bootcamp and its updated documentation. Whether you’re a long time user or have started using LearnDash today, you can access all the necessary resources directly from within the LearnDash plugin.
To access LearnDash Bootcamp, simply head over to LearnDash LMS > Overview. From here, you’ll find tutorials and articles to help you learn how to use the various features on offer with the LearnDash plugin.
In addition to this, you’ll also find articles, news, and a link to the LearnDash documentation which has been updated to reflect the new features and functionality on offer with the plugin. It has also been equipped with proper layout design and formatting to allow users to easily find exactly what they’re looking for.
LearnDash is available at three different pricing tiers, namely Basic, Plus Package, and Pro Package.
LearnDash’s Basic version offers a single site license which means that you can install the plugin to one WordPress website. You’ll be able to create an unlimited number of courses and add as many users as you want. In addition to this, the Basic plan also includes drip-feed lessons, advanced quizzing, certificates and badges, and course forums. You’ll get access to one year of support and updates.
The Basic plan costs $159.
LearnDash’s Plus Package lets you create up to 10 course sites and comes with ProPanel – an add-on which enables you to track user activity, manage student assessment, and download data about student progress and quiz results. In addition to this, you also get everything that’s included in the Basic plan.
The Plus Package plan costs $189.
LearnDash’s Pro Package version lets you create up to 25 course sites along with the ProPanel reporting add-on to help you monitor your students’ progress. In addition to this, you also get everything that’s on offer in the Basic plan.
The Plus Package plan costs $329.
LearnDash 3.0 brings powerful and advanced features to the table that are designed to help online course creators optimize their site’s user experience and make course content more effective for learners.
This improves the student’s learning experience and, as a result, you’ll be able to increase your retention rate and sell more courses. It’s an ideal solution for anyone who’s looking to transform their WordPress website into a full-fledged learning management system that’s visually appealing, optimized for distraction-free learning, and incredibly easy to get started with.
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