Building an eLearning System with WordPress

Powering more than 25 percent of the world’s websites, WordPress is the most popular CMS in the world. Currently, it is used by nearly 75 million websites.

Like WordPress, E-Learning has also gained significant popularity in the last few years. E-Learning is being adopted by a range of global brands and institutions to provide students and/or employees an exciting way to participate in online training. 

Regardless of popularity and ease of use, WordPress is streamlined, high-powered, and cost-effective – making it an ideal CMS to build a Learning Management System (LMS). 

In this article, building an e-learning system with WordPress, I’ll take you through an array of features that you as a brand or a startup or an organization should consider when developing your Learning Management System.

Basic Features of Learning Management Systems

The first step of building a Learning Management System is to pen down the list of requirements you need. Here are some of the common features available in today’s LMS platforms:

  1. Course Creation
  2. Reporting
  3. Content Management
  4. System Integration
  5. Profile Management
  6. Mobile Application
  7. Multilanguage Support
  8. Monetization
  9. Gamification
  10. Social

When building a Learning Management System with WordPress, we are able to create a custom LMS platform that has features depending on the organizations’ requirement. 

Course Creation

One of the most important features of any LMS is the ability to create courses that successfully meet the goals of your institution or organization. When thinking of building a course look for the ability to create categories of different types of courses, quizzes, create lessons, topics, and assignments for the learners.

For example, you can include a video for the learner, followed by a quiz or an assignment keep up the interest of your learners.

Reporting

It is crucial to keep track of all the details and data surrounding your LMS platform. Your LMS platform should provide you with the ability to track your learner’s progress, quiz attempts or assignments and more. 

From an easy-to-read report that gives you an at-a-glance visual record to the ability to see detailed data, you well-built Learning Management should provide you the ability to gain insights. 

Content Management

Another important aspect of an e-Learning system is the ability and easiness to manage content. The best part of building a Learning Management System with WordPress is that it provides the ability to create content that efficiently coordinates with your LMS offerings. With WordPress, you can even schedule your lessons for a specific date. 

Systems Integration

We all know WordPress has a robust API for third party integrations. Building an LMS system with WordPress will have the ability to be integrated into existing programs such as in Human Resources Information System to train employees. 

Profile Management

The e-Learning system should also have the ability and features to manage user profiles, group management, assigning and limiting access of the platform to different profiles. 

Mobile Applications

If creating a companion app for the iOS and Android platforms for your LMS platform is out of budget for the time, you can at the very least make the platform responsive. Your LMS platform should be accessible on all devices; be it a desktop, a laptop, a tablet or a mobile phone. 

Multiple Language Support

It an optional feature and completely depends on your audience. English is the default language for the WordPress platform, however, it is also internationalized for many world languages. If required, you can make your courses, quizzes, lessons and content available in multiple languages

Monetization

Some organizations or institutions create online learning courses to monetize. Many huge organizations such as Lynda.com has successfully published their vast library of training courses online and are making a significant profit. 

As a student (user), you can go through the available courses and then select and pay for the ones you want to take. Building an LMS with WordPress will let you easily monetize the platform. Using a plethora of options, you can put single courses up for a one-time purchase or create a recurring subscription, create a membership site to sell membership, creating course bundles, coupon codes, discounts and much more. 

The LMS plugins we work with for WordPress platforms have integrations with many payment gateways, like PayPal and also have full integrations with popular eCommerce plugins for WordPress such as WooCommerce.

Gamification

A trendy feature, Gamification in a learning community makes it exciting and fun. It introduces game elements in learning to keep students / learners engaged and motivated with their courses using points, rewards, badges, leaderboards, and certificates. Getting a visual reward keeps the learners motivated. 

Social

Considering the importance of social media in everyone’s daily life, integrating the social feature in your LMS platform enables the users to share the rewards, certificates, etc. on their social media profiles (Facebook, Twitter, etc.). 

WordPress Learning Management System Plugin

There are several popular LMS plugins available for integration into the WordPress platform. We have used LearnDash to implement and deliver a dynamic and exciting learning platform for our clients:

LearnDash

Built by a person who has a background in the e-learning space, LearnDash is a feature-rich commercial LMS plugin for WordPress that is suitable for a wide variety of educational needs. Using LearnDash, you can create different kinds of courses with lesson plans, assignments, and quizzes. Some of the key features of LearnDash include:

  1. Mobile Learning Support
  2. User Accounts, Roles, Authentication, and Enrollment
  3. Course Creation, Defining Categories, and Creating Course Format
  4. Activity Grading
  5. Gamification (Badges, Rewards, Levels, Leaderboards, etc.)
  6. Reports (Dashboards and Graphic Reports)
  7. Certificate Management
  8. Shopping Cart
  9. System Reports
  10. Security
  11. Support for offline access to content

Unyscape’s Experience in Building E-Learning System with WordPress

Implementing an LMS with WordPress is something Unyscape has done for several clients. 

For example, we implemented an LMS for UPSC Master Class, an e-learning platform for IAS aspirants. The client needed a platform they could use to offer a range of online courses. 

We have built the following types of e-learning system for many organizations and individuals: 

  1. Asynchronous Self-paced
  2. Asynchronous Instructor-led
  3. Synchronous Virtual Classroom
  4. Blended Learning

WordPress is the best platform to successfully run an effective learning management system. Whether you are an organization or a small institution looking to launch online courses or a corporate enterprise interested in employee training, get in touch with us. We have the experience and the passion to help you build the LMS you require!

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