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    Using WordPress as a LMS (Learning Management System)

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    WordPress is one of the most popular, flexible, and light-weight content management systems out in the marketplace.

    Recently, there has been lots of discussion going on about using WordPress as a viable learning management system by way of LMS centric extensions, modifications, and plug-ins.

    Since then a few offerings have emerged for extending the functionality of WordPress into an LMS.

    Listed below is a quick summary of the advantages and disadvantages of 3 of the best solutions available currently:

    1.Docebo
    Advantages:

    • Fully mobile out of the box
    • Third party API integrations
    • Issue certificates when learner completes course
    • Can be hosted by Docebo
    • SCORM and Tin Can API compatibility
    • User Enrollment functionality
    • In-depth Reporting
    • Multilingual Interface
    • Native support for sequential and conditional learning paths

     Disadvantages:

    • Per student license ($4.50 – $5.80 per user depending on volume of users)
    • Can’t modify or alter code

     2. WooThemes – Sensei
    Advantages:

    • Fair pricing ($99 dollars per site license)
    • Easy to use
    • Integrated with eCommerce plugin WooCommerce
    • Looks great out of the box

     Disadvantages:

    • Simple reporting features
    • Quizzes and Tests only support multiple-choice
    • Only linear learning paths
    • No multilingual interface
    • No certificate option upon completion
    • Simple enrollment options, lacks more advanced enrolment capabilities

    3. LearnDash
    Advantages:

    • Fair pricing $69 per site to host it yourself
    • Ability to issue certificates
    • Ability to host it yourself
    • Will work with any WordPress theme
    • Various advanced extensions like (Gradebook)
    • Support for Articulate Storyline extension
    • Grant access to a course based on a schedule/semester
    • Fully mobile

    Disadvantages:

    • Out of the box theming is not impressive
    • More complicated to implement vs Sensai
    • Only linear learning path at this time
    • No multilingual interface

    While a large number of learning management platforms exist in the market today, each with their own unique features and uses, the overwhelming majority of these systems are perhaps not suited for smaller organizations looking to create simple courses. Many of these full-scale commercial and open-source systems available today offer a large number of features that smaller institutions won’t use or are too costly for smaller budgets (either implementation and hosting costs for open source systems or licensing costs for proprietary systems).

    However, when it comes to smaller needs, we find that WordPress coupled with an e-Learning extension could be a winner.

    We would recommend these setups if your need matches any or a combination of the follow:

    • You have simple learning content (level I) with perhaps just text, images, and videos
    • Your courses are independent learning courses and your users don’t have to interact with each other or an instructor
    • You only need simple testing options such as multiple choice question based quizzes
    • You only require simple reporting (basic tracking of users, grades, and scores)
    • A full scale LMS is out of your budget
    • A full scale LMS would be too complicated for your learners
    • You’re trying e-Learning for the first time and want a solution to “test the waters”

    So while we truly don’t think any of these extensions can transform WordPress into a full blown LMS as there are so many missing features at this time, these systems can be a great compromise for budget conscious businesses that want to deliver simple content where in-depth reporting and user interaction is not a must.

    If you have any questions or comments about how you can use WordPress as a LMS, feel free to get in touch with us.

    9 comments

  • toni says:

    Moodle is free LMS, is there any free software more then moodle.

  • Train-Up! says:

    Hi, have you seen wptrainup.co.uk ?

    • scholarix says:

      Hi I just took a look at Train-up!, looks great. Is there a cost associated with this theme or is it an open source project. I really like some of the functionality it offers. Could this be implemented by someone with no coding expertise?

      • Train-Up! says:

        There will be a cost, but likely it will be much cheaper than Sensei. If you email, free copies are available for beta testers. It can be implemented with no coding experience, but also allows for easy customisation for those who want more powerful features.

  • […] to find out for myself. I found this comparison of some options to make an LMS in WordPress: http://www.scholarixsolution.com/wp/wordpress-lms/. The advantages of WordPress seem compelling, but not this one: “[WordPress is good if] your […]

  • Tarun Rai says:

    Hi,

    You can also integrate Moodle with WordPress. That is another possible solution that many of our clients have asked us to build in the past. This post highlights why many of our clients have chosen Moodle and how we can use WordPress to overcome Moodle’s limitations.

  • Iwan says:

    Prefer learndash, because you can use math editor plugin to edit question and answer in quiz.

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