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
99

Very good
30

Average
8

Poor
1

Terrible
1

Value for Money
4.6
Features
4.5
Ease of Use
4.4
Customer Support
4.7
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.


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!


Carlos T.

LearnDash let you build a great e-learning structure

The Learndash team is on it. Once you create a ticket for any question or concern, they will response quick fast, efficient and direct you to the right path with clear instructions. GREAT SUPPORT TEAM!!!!


Chi Z.

Great customer support, product needs some improvement

I am an open online Chinese course provider. I used to develop an entire course using our own software, based on Moodle. It worked quite well, but I thought using a plug-in might be the smart move since I want to also optimize the quizzes and courses for SEO purposes. This turned out to be not so easy, in fact, it might make the URL structure much more chaotic than it is if you simply use a "normal" SEO strategy separating the blog content and the free course content.

Almost all my customer support requests lead to the conclusion that I will need to hire a programmer to solve the issue.

I definitely see more flexibility with moodle, if you have the knowledge to set up a server and run the moodle there.
If you are someone who is just starting up alone, or with very little technical understanding, LearnDash would definitely be the right choice. but I think if you grow bigger, you will probably need something that can fulfill more purposes.


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


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 28/9/2020
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

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

Excellent product - terrible support

Used Daily for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 8/8/2020
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

Carlos T.
Industry: Restaurants
Company size: 1,001-5,000 Employees

LearnDash let you build a great e-learning structure

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 30/12/2020
Review Source: Capterra

The Learndash team is on it. Once you create a ticket for any question or concern, they will response quick fast, efficient and direct you to the right path with clear instructions. GREAT SUPPORT TEAM!!!!

Pros

It offers deep functionality that lets us build and customized courses for the management team. Very well structured and run smooth.

Cons

Nothing about the functionality of the software , but the integration of third- party plugins to some important functionalities that should have like a robust reporting, a student (user) portal page and a gamification structure.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

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

Great customer support, product needs some improvement

Used Daily for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 3/11/2020
Review Source: Capterra

I am an open online Chinese course provider. I used to develop an entire course using our own software, based on Moodle. It worked quite well, but I thought using a plug-in might be the smart move since I want to also optimize the quizzes and courses for SEO purposes. This turned out to be not so easy, in fact, it might make the URL structure much more chaotic than it is if you simply use a "normal" SEO strategy separating the blog content and the free course content.

Almost all my customer support requests lead to the conclusion that I will need to hire a programmer to solve the issue.

I definitely see more flexibility with moodle, if you have the knowledge to set up a server and run the moodle there.
If you are someone who is just starting up alone, or with very little technical understanding, LearnDash would definitely be the right choice. but I think if you grow bigger, you will probably need something that can fulfill more purposes.

Pros

What I love is the customer support. I have encountered some issues and have always had a great experience with customer support. Especially one employee [SENSITIVE CONTENT HIDDEN] went a long way to make sure my problem was solved. Though the problem stayed as a default setup, she truly made it easy to keep using the solution. The customer support overall is amazing. For anyone who has a standard e-learning idea, I think LearnDash is the product to go for BECAUSE of the customer support.

Cons

I understand that e-learning products are all quite troublesome due to database issues - it is indeed a sophisticated industry. However, I still have to say LearnDash is not very intuitive to use, especially when you have a concrete idea of how to set up your course. It has an overall extremely complicated URL structure, which makes SEO hard to achieve. And there is no option to make it shorter. Each course creates a line of subcategories, followed by lessons with the same subcategories. And then when you finally reach the quizzes, you simply have a long URL and you have no other way to change that.
This is only one of the smaller things that you can't change. Also, it's not possible to insert a page to describe something, followed by a question within a quiz.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 6.0/10

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

Awesome Support Team

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 26/1/2020
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

User recommendation
9/10
Based on 139 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 139 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
Customisable Branding
Data Import/Export
Learning Management
Progress Reports
Progress Tracking
Reporting & Statistics
Student Management
Third Party Integration
Features
4.5/5
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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. 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, Gravity Forms, Mailchimp, MentorEase, 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