LearnDash

Learning management system for WordPress

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LearnDash Overview

What is LearnDash?

LearnDash is a cloud-based WordPress plugin and learning management system (LMS) for businesses, universities, training organizations, and other enterprises. The platform offers tools for turning WordPress sites into learning management systems, creating custom courses, and selling them online. Users can create courses, quizzes, assessments, and other training content and deliver it to learners via a WordPress site.

With LearnDash, businesses can create custom learning courses for their WordPress site using the drag and drop course builder. The platform supports various question types including single answer, multiple choice, free text, essay, fill-in-the-blank, and more and course authors can set up rules-based triggers to display custom messages or questions to learners based on their answers. Users can reward learners with course points, certificates, and more in order to gamify learning and encourage participation.

Businesses are also able to monetize on courses by selling them online to other teachers or learning institutions. Users can set prices for their courses and accept online payments. LearnDash also facilitates subscription payments, memberships, course bundles, shopping carts, and more.

The Tin Can API allows users to connect the LearnDash plugin with any third party platforms. It also offers native integrations with existing solutions such as Stripe, Gravity Forms, and WooCommerce.

LearnDash Overview

Pricing

Starting from
US$199,00/month

Pricing options

Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

LearnDash is available across 3 pricing tiers; Basic, Plus, and Pro. Pricing plans - billed annually - are outlined below:

Basic: $199 - includes 1 site license
Plus Package: $229 - includes up to 10 site licenses and access to ProPanel
Pro Package: $369 - includes up to 25 site licenses and access to ProPanel


LearnDash Features

Devices
Business size
S M L
Markets
United States
Supported Languages
English

Media

LearnDash dashboard
LearnDash lesson overview
LearnDash learner profiles
LearnDash customizable branding
LearnDash course builder
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LearnDash Reviews

LearnDash Reviews

Overall rating
4,6
/
5
Excellent
73

Very good
28

Average
7

Poor
0

Terrible
1

Value for Money
4,6
Features
4,4
Ease of Use
4,3
Customer Support
4,6
93% recommended this app
Jonathan B.

A proven and robust tool to create and deliver educational courses

We've used this for a new course we recently created and it has been working well for our students. They provide video training and solid documentation to help get going. It can be confusing at first, and we've had to adjust our course as we've gone along and learned, but once you get used to how it works then it's fast and simple enough.


Eric Z.

Awesome Support Team

Overall, my experience with LearnDash has been wonderful. It is an easy-to-use tool that is the basis of our eLearning platform


Karen H.

Easy to Use but Ugly User Interface

Lately I have been thinking that because I don't use the quizzes, etc. I could have skipped the whole LMS thing and just created pages or posts that link to the next. Luckily LearnDash is not too expensive so now that it is looking nice (thanks to custom coding), I will probably just stick with it.


David W.

Excellent product - terrible support

The Good :
+ Excellent functionality for authoring courses with all expected media types supported
+ Excellent functionality & UX for users taking courses
+ Full-featured for those starting with a blank slate
+ Mobile responsive (with our theme)

The Bad:
- Very hard to integrate with existing customized website (theme, plugins, etc)
- GravityForms integration virtually useless
- Unable to drive course access or pricing based on WP user role
- Apparently no hooks allowing implementer to modify their course enrollment process.

The Ugly
- HORRIBLE SUPPORT!


Aaron E.

PharmacyTechScholar.com

Setting up an online course, on my own hosted website and with my own branding, has been a great experience. It has allowed me to customize my branding and create a strategy accordingly, which I think is a preferable approach compared to building a course on a universal platform.


Jonathan B.
Industry: Health, Wellness & Fitness
Company size: 11-50 Employees

A proven and robust tool to create and deliver educational courses

Used Weekly for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 2020/09/28
Review Source: Capterra

We've used this for a new course we recently created and it has been working well for our students. They provide video training and solid documentation to help get going. It can be confusing at first, and we've had to adjust our course as we've gone along and learned, but once you get used to how it works then it's fast and simple enough.

Pros

The fact that it's used by large universities in Florida, Michigan and Washington gave me confidence that it is reliable. We like how easy it is to create new lessons and assign quizzes to them. The add-on library is fairly large to help expand its capabilities. It's a popular tool with a lot of resources online to help learn how to make the most of it. There are a lot of built-in options for tweaking how it works.

Cons

It is somewhat complex to use compared to other options. That's partially because it provides so many options. You have to put some time into it to get it setup how you want and understand how it works, so it's not as fast to get going with as some other services would be. It could use more question types for the quizzes. There doesn't seem to be an easy way to view all of a student's essays and quiz answers on one page, however there are custom-made plugins that help with this.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Eric Z.
Industry: E-Learning
Company size: 2-10 Employees

Awesome Support Team

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2020/01/26
Review Source: Capterra

Overall, my experience with LearnDash has been wonderful. It is an easy-to-use tool that is the basis of our eLearning platform

Pros

- Ease of use and set-up
- Built-in functionality to present users courses in an organized way
- Compatibility with multiple plug-ins and themes
- Great value for the price

Cons

- Sometimes the features are a bit restricting

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 8.0/10

Karen H.
Industry: E-Learning
Company size: 2-10 Employees

Easy to Use but Ugly User Interface

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2018/10/18
Review Source: Capterra

Lately I have been thinking that because I don't use the quizzes, etc. I could have skipped the whole LMS thing and just created pages or posts that link to the next. Luckily LearnDash is not too expensive so now that it is looking nice (thanks to custom coding), I will probably just stick with it.

Pros

Working with LearnDash is very easy. It works very similar to the other functions in Wordpress. You create a course, add Lessons and then Topics for each lesson.

For example, the course could be about How to Be a Real Estate Investor. In that course, you might have multiple lessons like How to Flip Houses, How to But Rental Property, How to Finance Real Estate, etc.

The you add the detailed Topics. For example, How to Flip Houses might have things like How to Find Greta Houses to Flip. How to Fund Your Flip House Projects, How to Manage the Rehab. You get the idea...

It's literally copy and paste for text and you add graphics the same way you would to any page or post in Wordpress.

Also, you can have quizzes, delay the release of certain content, offer certificates and points for completion, sell your courses, interact with users based on actions they take, set timers for each lesson, set prerequisites for courses, and offer grading and badges. You can also offer the courses in bundles and even create a marketplace similar to Udemy where people can buy your courses.

It integrates natively with many membership softwares including Memberium and also with many email providers and CRMS including Infusionsoft. It;s responsive and even works with SCORMs.

Cons

Here's what I don't like. It's ugly. The user interface is plain and not very intuitive. You have to buy other add on's so users can do things like take notes, and so that you can begin to have an interface that looks better than native Wordpresss. In other words... ugly.

With all the work they put into this software, it is so crazy that they did not spend time on the user experience. It's hard to tell if you're in a Lesson or Topic. It's hard to navigate around the course form Lesson to Less or Topic or Topic to Topic and don't even think about jumping around. The only way to solve these issues is to use precious sidebar real estate for this navigation instead of being able to showcase other offerings. That or your sidebar gets really long.

The interface showing which items have been completed and which have not is also ugly. And while you can buy add ons, those are "meh" at best. I finally broke down and hired a developer to tweak the code and make me a nice interface with great navigation, awesome graphics and stats for users in each Lessona nd Topic and so on.

Response from LearnDash

Hi Karen, thank you for your review! Regarding the visual components in LearnDash, these are soon to be updated in LearnDash 3.0 - we think you will really like them!

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 5.0/10

David W.
Industry: Consumer Goods
Company size: 2-10 Employees

Excellent product - terrible support

Used Daily for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 2020/08/08
Review Source: Capterra

The Good :
+ Excellent functionality for authoring courses with all expected media types supported
+ Excellent functionality & UX for users taking courses
+ Full-featured for those starting with a blank slate
+ Mobile responsive (with our theme)

The Bad:
- Very hard to integrate with existing customized website (theme, plugins, etc)
- GravityForms integration virtually useless
- Unable to drive course access or pricing based on WP user role
- Apparently no hooks allowing implementer to modify their course enrollment process.

The Ugly
- HORRIBLE SUPPORT!

Pros

The features/functions of this product are top notch. Particularly if you are building a new eLearning site and are willing to use their theme and their UX OOB, this is very easy to implement and has great features.

Cons

The support experience has been horrendous! My task has been to integrate this LMS into an existing website which is very complex and sophisticated, without turning the existing UX on its head. The Support organization has been utterly useless either re-directing me to other plugins or mis-directing me with information that was simply wrong. The GravityForms integration is so poorly conceived as to be useless for my needs, and Support cannot provide any developer-level assistance at all. I've tried everything to get through to them - even contacting the CEO via LinkedIn - with no success. I'm now on the verge of demanding they cancel my license and refund the fee.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 5.0/10

Aaron E.
Industry: E-Learning
Company size: 2-10 Employees

PharmacyTechScholar.com

Used Daily for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 2020/07/20
Review Source: Capterra

Setting up an online course, on my own hosted website and with my own branding, has been a great experience. It has allowed me to customize my branding and create a strategy accordingly, which I think is a preferable approach compared to building a course on a universal platform.

Pros

Building my course using LearnDash was simple, even though I had no previous experience in building a webpage. I really like the interface and the ability to customize the branding. My students have had great feedback about the format of the course, especially since I switched to focus mode.

Cons

I'm still learning the software so not I'm note quite sure yet. User management and setting up reporting and email strategies could be better, but there are some add on solutions that may help with this.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

User recommendation
8,8/10
Based on 109 user ratings
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LearnDash Pricing

LearnDash Pricing

Starting from
US$199,00/month
Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

LearnDash is available across 3 pricing tiers; Basic, Plus, and Pro. Pricing plans - billed annually - are outlined below:

Basic: $199 - includes 1 site license
Plus Package: $229 - includes up to 10 site licenses and access to ProPanel
Pro Package: $369 - includes up to 25 site licenses and access to ProPanel

LearnDash is available across 3 pricing tiers; Basic, Plus, and Pro. Pricing plans - billed annually - are outlined below:

Basic: $199 - includes 1 site license
Plus Package: $229 - includes up to 10 site licenses and access to ProPanel
Pro Package: $369 - includes up to 25 site licenses and access to ProPanel

Value for Money
4,6/5
Based on 109 user ratings
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LearnDash Features

LearnDash Features

API
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Assessment Management
Attendance Management
Attendance Tracking
Automatic Notifications
Blended Learning
Calendar Management
Communication Management
Content Management
Course Authoring
Customizable Branding
Data Import/Export
Learning Management
Progress Reports
Progress Tracking
Reporting & Statistics
Self Service Portal
Third Party Integration
Features
4,4/5
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Additional information for LearnDash

Additional information for LearnDash

Key features of LearnDash

  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Blended Learning
  • Certification Management
  • Gamification
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Synchronous Learning
  • eCommerce

Benefits

  • LearnDash allows professional trainers to create and sell online courses at different price models and facilitate automated content delivery based on learners' predefined schedules.

  • Higher education institutions can improve learning engagement among students by providing certificates, badges and points on course completion.

  • LearnDash's administrative dashboard allows administrators to manage assignments, user profiles, grouping, enrollments, and reporting on a unified interface.

  • LearnDash supports integration with various eLearning technologies such as multisite installations, WordPress themes, multimedia support, and more.

  • Through its integration with various payment gateways including PayPal, Stripe and 2Checkout, LearnDash allows trainers to monetize and sell content at various subscription levels.

  • LearnDash FAQs

    LearnDash FAQs

    Below are some frequently asked questions for LearnDash.

    Q. What type of pricing plans does LearnDash offer?

    LearnDash offers the following pricing plans:

    Starting from: US$199,00/month

    Pricing model: Subscription

    Free Trial: Not Available

    LearnDash is available across 3 pricing tiers; Basic, Plus, and Pro. Pricing plans - billed annually - are outlined below: Basic: $199 - includes 1 site license Plus Package: $229 - includes up to 10 site licenses and access to ProPanel Pro Package: $369 - includes up to 25 site licenses and access to ProPanel

    Q. What are the main features of LearnDash?

    LearnDash offers the following features:

    • Asynchronous Learning
    • Blended Learning
    • Certification Management
    • Gamification
    • SCORM Compliance
    • Synchronous Learning
    • eCommerce

    Q. Who are the typical users of LearnDash?

    LearnDash has the following typical customers:

    Small Business, Mid Size Business

    Q. What languages does LearnDash support?

    LearnDash supports the following languages:

    English

    Q. What type of pricing plans does LearnDash offer?

    LearnDash has the following pricing plans:

    Subscription

    Q. Does LearnDash support mobile devices?

    We do not have any information about what devices LearnDash supports

    Q. What other apps does LearnDash integrate with?

    LearnDash integrates with the following applications:

    2Checkout, ConvertKit, Gravity Forms, Mailchimp, Ontraport, Slack, Stripe, WooCommerce, Wordpress, Zapier

    Q. What level of support does LearnDash offer?

    LearnDash offers the following support options:

    Phone Support, Forum, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Video Tutorials