Use LearnDash Groups? You Need This.

We heard your requests for better group management in LearnDash and we listened! Today we’re releasing our Uncanny LearnDash Groups plugin, and it’s going to completely change what you and your Group Leaders can do with LearnDash groups.

The plugin adds features in 3 main areas to your LearnDash elearning sites:

  1. Selling courses and seats to organizations.
  2. Managing groups in the front end.
  3. Front end reports for Group Leaders.

This plugin has something for everyone—maybe you just need front end group reports, or maybe you simply need a way to sell custom course bundles to organizations that you support. Use as much or as little as you need. Here’s a video that explains how the plugin adds new opportunities for using LearnDash Groups on your site:

Group Management Made Easy

If you currently manage groups or support Group Leaders, Uncanny LearnDash Groups will make your life a lot easier. After installing the plugin your Group Leaders can do everything themselves. No more emails to you and spending your time settings things up! Whether groups are set up through a purchase or by you, Group Leaders can add or remove users (with limits; no-one can cheat the system) and monitor progress. There are lots of options for making group management easy, including code-based invitations and redemptions, CSV uploads, and manual user changes.

 

LearnDash Group Management

In the screenshot above you can see how easy it is for Group Leaders to manage everything from one place. See how many seats are available; review what courses the group has access to; add individual users; upload users; download codes users can redeem for group and course access; buy more seats for the group; add and pay for more courses for the group; see progress for group members at the course level; review all quiz completions and drill down into individual results; and manage group leaders (not shown). All of this is possible from a single page and from the front end of the site. We know many site owners don’t like giving access to the back end to Group Leaders, and this plugin goes a long way towards making that possible.

Easy Front End LearnDash Reporting

Uncanny LearnDash Groups makes the reports people ask for most—course progress and quiz results—available in the front end to Group Leaders. No more working with CSV files or confusing widgets. Choose a group (if a Group Leader has more than one), the course or quiz, and get instant results.

LearnDash Group Course Report

The course report is the easiest way for Group Leaders to track progress at a glance, especially with the filtering and search options available. The quiz report adds drill-down capabilities to see all quiz details for a learner, including how they answered LearnDash quiz questions and how long it took them.

Sell to Organizations Without Lifting a Finger

Wish there was a better way to sell to organizations that didn’t require you to create a group, create a Group Leader, invoice the organization offline, add their courses, upload their users and explain how everything works? (And yes, that’s usually what’s required for every group you add.)

Uncanny LearnDash Groups integrates with WooCommerce to let organizations create their own groups with as many courses and licenses as they need. And they can do all of it completely independently.

Buy LearnDash Group Licenses

The screenshot above is what users see when they’re buying a course. They set the group name, how many seats they need, and what courses they want for their learners. But the best part is that they can add more seats and courses later. Groups created with our plugin are completely flexible and organizations can change them themselves as their needs change. No other plugin can do this. It’s an entirely new way of selling to organizations that want your courses, and it’s finally feasible to sell to hundreds of organizations without needing a full-time resource to manage everything.

There’s a lot more to it (including an amazing shortcode to show different course content to different groups!), but we’ll leave the finer details to our Knowledge Base. We know this plugin will help a lot of LearnDash users and we’re excited to finally get it out to the public.

To celebrate the launch of Uncanny LearnDash Groups, we’re offering a 25% discount off the regular price for everyone that buys it before October 8th. Use coupon code “uogroups” to get the reduced price!

Uncanny LP Is Now Available

WordPress has become a very strong platform for elearning over the last few years. With such wide use, great elearning tools, flexibility and strong development community, there are a lot of advantages over proprietary Learning Management systems and platforms that only do elearning. There is a tradeoff though: it’s hard to build and support robust elearning sites with WordPress. It typically takes months to get a site off the ground and a skilled developer is needed to do things well. For many people that puts a WordPress elearning platform out of reach—until now.

Uncanny LP, a hosted platform powered by WordPress and LearnDash,  finally makes it possible for businesses to launch polished elearning sites quickly and easily without any development. Uncanny LP includes the basics that every site needs to launch and to deliver an engaging learning experience. From LMS tools and ecommerce to event management and gamification, it’s a complete platform that works seamlessly for everyone wanting a working LearnDash site without the need for an experienced developer.

Uncanny LP Welcome Screen

What is Uncanny LP?

Uncanny LP is a complete learning platform that we built from the ground up to provide what many organizations tell us they want in a WordPress LMS platform. We look after the platform—including maintenance, security, performance, and backups—so you can focus on the design and content. It’s the fastest, safest, and easiest way to build out a LearnDash-powered platform for your business, and it comes ready to go with all of the following:

  • Strong LMS capabilities powered by LearnDash, the most feature-rich WordPress LMS plugin available.
  • Support for almost limitless content types, including video, audio, quizzes, tables, Captivate, Storyline, iSpring, Rise, H5P and more. There’s even support for Tin Can (xAPI) and SCORM tracking. You won’t find this level of elearning content support in any other WordPress solution.
  • Intuitive group and license management. Go B2C or B2B; it’s easy to support both audiences with ecommerce and enterprise features like self-managed groups and front end management reporting.
  • Certificates, Continuing Education Credits, and badges that make it easy to recognize achievements online and offline.
  • Event management for live events, including paid tickets and attendee management.
  • eCommerce that supports one-time payment, subscriptions, coupons and code-based registration. Accept payment with PayPal or Stripe; we also secure your site with SSL
  • Deep CRM integration and compatibility with Infustionsoft, Active Campaign, Ontraport and more. Sync data from optins, purchases, user profiles, course behaviour and more.
  • Discussion forums for online collaboration, both public and private.
  • Great performance on specialized WordPress hosting where security, backups and other admin headaches are taken care of for you.
  • Extensive documentation and training materials.
  • Support from a North American team of experienced Learning developers and educators.

Who is Uncanny LP for?

We get a lot of inquiries about custom WordPress elearning platforms but we only work with about 10% of the organizations that reach out to us. Why is it such a small number? Almost without exception, it comes down to cost and timing. LearnDash development can be expensive; our average project budget is over $10,000. Many people not familiar with custom development are sometimes surprised by the cost. Development time can also be unexpected. We typically have a 4 week lead time, and there are a lot of people out there that leave LearnDash projects or enhancements to the last possible minute. After the lead time, sites often take 4 to 10 weeks to build. Finding this out left a lot of potential customers very scrambling for a solution—and there really was no alternative for getting a robust LearnDash site up quickly.

Uncanny LP addresses that gap. It’s  for the thousands of people and small businesses that need a simple, flexible learning platform.  Maybe the per user cost of a cloud LMS are prohibitive, or maybe they don’t want separate websites for everything they’re doing. We hear from hundreds of these users every year, in need of a robust solution but overwhelmed by the complexity of building it themselves. These are people that don’t have the budget or time for a full-blown, custom LMS when 90% of their needs aren’t that unique. Until now, these organizations had no easy solution in the marketplace.

Here are just a few examples of organizations that would find significant value in Uncanny LP:

The author/keynote speaker selling video-based training directly to the public. She can turn on the eCommerce, CRM integration and Marketing LP modules and be ready to go. From there it’s just a matter of adding branding and content.

The mid-sized company doing internal training that needs an easy way to track self-directed compliance programs and CPD/CEU credits. All LP modules can be turned off and the system can be hidden from search engines; LearnDash Groups can be used to track training by department.

The small business offering niche sales training can turn on eCommerce, events, gamification and marketing modules to coordinated blended learning programs. They might even incorporate interactive Storyline modules and discussion forums to augment their training offer. Selling B2B licenses to organizations is even supported.

The professional coach might use the event, gamification and marketing modules to offer long-term, facilitated programs to groups of students. Incorporating the CRM integration module allows him to set up campaigns in Infusionsoft to promote automated engagement based on learning activities.

The college professor can turn on discussion forums and gamification to build supplementary modules that augment the classroom experience and promote more learning opportunities.

There are countless scenarios where Uncanny LP will be the right fit for an organization. Some of the best reasons include the following:

  • Hundreds or thousands of active monthly users means per-user costs with cloud LMS providers are prohibitive
  • Tight integration of common features that a traditional LMS lacks (like event management and CRM integration)
  • Time is limited and a robust, secure elearning platform is needed quickly
  • WordPress seems like the right fit but the site owner is new to WordPress and just needs things to work
  • The organization doesn’t have a $10,000 plus budget and can accept a platform that does 95% of what they want for a 95% discount

Whatever your reason for choosing Uncanny LP, you’ll get a solid, safe platform backed by one of the most experienced LearnDash development agencies out there.

Get Started with Uncanny LP

To learn more about Uncanny LP features and benefits, be sure to check out our new site at https://uncannylp.com. It’s the best way to see how the platform can benefit your organization.

Uncanny LP Intro Course

To better understand how LP works and how to set things up, we’ve made some of the free training available in our introductory course. We hope you’ll check it out! There are dozens of screencasts and it’s about a 10-hour training program.

To get started with your own Uncanny LP site, click here. You can start using your own LP site as early as tomorrow.

The Uncanny LP Beta is Ending!

Here’s something our clients and followers may not know: we’ve been running a beta for a secret LearnDash hosted platform for the last month. We didn’t want to attract too much attention while we were testing it, but for some of our dedicated followers and a few very determined searchers, they’ve had a month to explore Uncanny LP (Learning Platform). Uncanny LP is our easy-to-use, complete LearnDash platform that will make launching and managing a WordPress LMS a lot more accessible to everyone.

The Uncanny LP beta will be closing on Sunday, September 17, so that we can officially launch LP on Monday, September 18. There are 3 spots left in the beta at the time of this posting to lock in LP permanently at the discounted beta price. This is the only launch discount we will be offering.

To find out more about the platform, visit https://uncannylp.com.

We’ll talk a lot more about LP and how it can be used after launch, but at a high level it lets anyone deploy a polished WordPress elearning platform in 24 hours at very low cost. It supports elearning (with LearnDash, of course), ecommerce, event management, gamification, social sharing and more, plus it includes all of our plugins. There are dozens of hours of screencasts and lots of documentation; combined with a simple admin interface, our goal is to really reduce the learning curve for setting up and managing a LearnDash site.

 

LearnDash LP Welcome

Beta results have been positive so far and we’re excited to start promoting the live version of the platform next week. Interestingly, we’ve had the most inquiries about LP from agencies and designers that want multiple LP sites that they can deploy quickly for their clients. The platform will really help individuals, developers and agencies focus on building out great designs and content rather than spending weeks and countless thousands of dollars on the platform.

No beta discounts will be offered after 9 PM Eastern on September 17. There are also only 3 beta spots left, so if you want to sign up, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible by clicking here. The beta will be closed early if the 3 spots are purchased before Sunday.