With WordPress (WP) numerous capabilities, the one I’m about to discuss is how to create a Learning Management System using wordpress. Although, initially WP was primarily used as a writing tool by bloggers and website creators, WP now has diversified sections for practically any need a developer has.
Whether the need is of a community based forum, a landing page, or even an e-Commerce system WordPress is the solution to all of it.
Learning Management Systems is a tool that has recently come up, and is growing in its importance, popularity and usefulness to teachers, schools, and students.
So, what exactly is the purpose of a Learning Management System?
The integrated plugin framework of a learning management system (LMS) for WordPress enables developers to create classroom learning content on their website easily, for their users.
Keeping track of the information is also quite simple, so professors and institutions can maintain scores, go over quizzes and tests and grade them immediately, without needing any faculty’s assistance. If the test has some open-ended questions, then the professor or grader can check them and grade them.
Here are some of the most popular WordPress LMS solutions:
1. WooThemes Sensei:
WooCommerce, the e-commerce plugin by WooThemes, works perfectly with Sensei. If you’re looking to charge for courses, WooCommerce is amongst the best ways to go about it. The general user experience and ease to create quizzes on Sensei is quite commendable. Despite this, what Sensei really lacks, is dripping content, which is something of a must have. Take this for an example: Assume someone enrolled and paid up for your course – then, within a couple of days that user can download all the course material, and then demand a refund too! This is quite a disappointment really.
The pricing of Sensei’s premium plugin for: a single site license costs you $129, for five sites it costs you $179 and for 25 sites it is $279. This price includes one year of updates and support. You can of course, run the plug in unsupported after one year has elapsed, too. If you renew your license within 2 months of expiry, you’re thanked with a 50% discount. While only offering a year of support, which is a bit meager vis-a-vis its competitors, it’s a more sustainable pricing strategy which enables the developers to fund support sufficiently, as the user base increases.
2. WP Courseware:
WP Courseware by Fly Plugins uses a drag-and-drop approach to content creation, and with WP Courseware you can simplify the courses and resources for the users. The way of WP Courseware functions, makes an entire semester of class, or an entire unit of content, easy to visualise.The material is broken down into parts, where full courses contain modules, course units and tests and quizzes. WP Courseware is ahead of Sensei in quiz making as well, it is somewhat of forte of theirs. Also WP Courseware, unlike Sensei, is capable for dripping content, which is better for revenue generation and safeguard.
It costs $67 for a single site license, $97 for two sites, and $137 for unlimited access.
LearnDash has been created by a set developers who are have background in the learning industry. So, this plugin has been created based on the experiences and knowledge that they have gained from working in that sector. Which is also why LearnDash is likely to be seen in use at many universities. If you need a high quality and robust eLearning or LMS plugin for WordPress for use in higher education then this is what you’re looking for. LearnDash matches industry standard build quality. Even if you need to deliver less formal educational or training courses online, LearnDash would still figure in your shortlist. The plugin allows you to create unlimited lessons, courses, and lesson topics within your WordPress site. You also have the option of creating rather impressive quizzes and give away certificates for download upon successful completion of a quiz. Unlike WooThemes Sensei, you can have your lessons reach out to students on a drip-feed basis. This is a rather important feature – it helps you retain your users, as students can access your course content in chronological relation totheir sign-up date. LearnDash basic will cost you $79 and the ProPanel will cost you $99.
If you want a WordPress plugin to train staff at a company, and you’re looking to set up a LMS system for employees of your organisation, then Train-Up is what you’re looking for. Unlike Sensei and WP Courseware, you will need an experienced coder make the site look like your brand’s. It divides the content by hierarchy, and it costs £45.
If you’re training your staff, Train-up helps by providing true hierarchy to the people in the your team. Train-up allows you to tailor content with different levels for different types of your team members, allowing exclusive access to specific content for different types of employees. This goes a long way helping you to clearly demarcate different types of material for different levels of management.