Effective Offline and Webinar Training on LearnDash LMS

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Offline Learning on LearnDash LMS

There is an urging demand for creating content that achieves the highest learning retention. Over the past decade, many have mastered the art of creating well-designed content that is informative but ensuring its retention is still a secret sauce that pioneers are developing.

What is learning retention? 

It’s quite simple, really. It’s the process by which new information is transferred from our short term to our long-term memory. In other words, it’s all about making new knowledge stick.

Sometimes our training process includes some instructor-led sessions, they can be offline activities or online webinars as per the designed course requirement.

A lot of interactive activities are also added which are not only coherent with the course but adds learning experience which can’t be skipped.

Moving to the next level in the curriculum you need to ensure every learner has completed and retained that necessary course.

The Issue

How to create and track offline activity in LearnDash or any WordPress LMS plugin? and how to stop learners from course completion who are not attending offline activities.

offline training on LearnDash, Learnpress, WP Courseware and LifterLMS

The Solution

This can be achieved by using the traditional approach of “Instructor/Group Leader/Admin” marking the lesson as Complete for learners who attended offline or webinar training. Complex at its inception, but we have simplified it and made it viable to implement.

1. Create a Lesson

Create a lesson for instance, “Offline Activity or Webinar”. If this is an offline activity, then you can share all details related to the activity on this lesson page. Or if this is an online activity like a webinar then you can add a link to your webinar or embed it directly on this page.

2. Restrict the Lesson Completion

To prevent the users from marking the lesson as complete themselves to ensure the content is not skipped, you simply need to add the GrassBlade xAPI Companion.

We are going to use the Completion Tracking feature of this plugin. Follow these three steps:

  1. Create an xAPI Content without content URL.
  2. Enable Completion Tracking and Completion Type (Hide Button or Enable Button on Completion)
  3. Add this xAPI Content to LearnDash LMS lesson called “Offline/Webinar Lesson”.

Check step by step guide.

When you add the xAPI Content to the lesson page, it will disable or hide the Mark Complete button and only Admin or Group Leader will be able to Mark Complete the lesson for the learner.

3. Bulk Completion

The most common question that we get when we present this idea to our partners is how challenging and time consuming it is for the managers to mark all the users complete a lesson.

It becomes totally unviable when dealing with a large organization to go to every learner’s profile to Mark Complete the lesson from the edit profile page.

To overcome this issue, we created free Manual Completions for LearnDash plugin that works with the GrassBlade xAPI Companion plugin. It has been specifically designed to enable bulk completion for lessons, topics, and quizzes.

Follow this guide

Currently, the only Admin can use the bulk completion feature, support for the group leader is on the way.

The Conclusion

GrassBlade xAPI Companion is well integrated with LearnDash LMS, LifterLMS, WP Courseware LMS, and LearnPress LMS plugin so you can achieve this offline training activity with any of these LMS plugins.

Every professional training manager already knows that a great learning experience is not just restricted to well-designed, engaging, and informative content anymore.

With evolving technology, you need further analytics and capabilities to make it more rewarding. GrassBlade was designed to create that difference for your organization.

Feel free to share your thoughts or contact us if you need any help in implementing this idea on your WordPress LMS.

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