Continuing Education Credits for LearnDash
If you have a LearnDash site that offers any kind of continuing education or credit-based program, our newest WordPress plugin will make your life a lot easier. Uncanny Continuing Education Credits, our fifth public plugin for LearnDash, adds a comprehensive way to track course-based credit, report on it, and even award certificates for it.
With this plugin, every LearnDash course on your site can be assigned a credit value. Show earned and available credits in the front end. Track cumulative and course-level credit in the back end; records can also be exported to CSV files for analysis. What’s especially great is that earned credits never go away. Records are permanent. Credit records are designed to survive course changes, progress resets and even course deletions; your students never have to worry about changes to their credits. Because we keep records outside of LearnDash and they aren’t affected by progress resets, this makes the plugin extremely useful for programs that learners complete on a recurring basis, like compliance and certification programs.
Where the plugin gets especially interesting is with our front end reporting. With some important steps to protect privacy, we’ve created a front end report that allows learners, managers, accrediting organizations and others verify course completion and credit records for students. No user account is required to query the CEU records and full completion details are published in the front end (as long as the person searching knows a learner’s name or email address).
For recurring training programs we add the ability to track credits earned since an annual rollover date. The admin report allows date and group filters and is an easy way to search large sets of continuing education records.
As an added bonus, we’re releasing the plugin with some new options for LearnDash certificate triggers: earned credits and completion of course combinations. It’s the first time an easy way to recognize completion of multiple LearnDash courses has been made available and can be a great asset for certification programs and sites with a large volume of courses. Certificates can be emailed as PDF files automatically to learners, Group Leaders and the site admin.
Since this is the first release of the Uncanny Continuing Education Credits plugin and it’s a limited feature set, we’re offering a 25% off discount until July 31. Use coupon code ceulaunch during checkout to claim the discount. Unfortunately, the coupon code cannot be used after the end of the month and is only valid for this product.
We hope you enjoy the new plugin! Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Also be sure to check out the product page to buy the plugin and the Knowledge Base for more information.
What an amazing addon for LearnDash! The featureset out of the box is superb.
I was wondering if it would be possible to apply an expiration date (number of days) to a course’s CEU setting, or similarly what would happen if a course was set to auto-expire in LD? Would the CEU data also be reset for that course? This would really be a game-changing feature for perpetual CPD platforms.
Thanks for the feedback, Chris!
All CEU records are stored separately from LearnDash records, so if a user’s progress was deleted for the course in LearnDash (via expiration or otherwise), the CEU records would still be retained and would show up in reports. It also allows earning credits for the same course multiple times if progress is reset and completion is triggered again (which should help with annual compliance and similar programs).
HI, very nice plugin. We do a lot of live medical CE/CME courses and use event espresso to help out with event registration. Would it be possible to do the same things that you are doing for the on-line courses (LearnDash) with live events in event espresso?
It would definitely be possible to extend the plugin with some development to accommodate Event Espresso events that someone attended. It’s still a reasonable development effort, to be sure, but having a way with this plugin to store and retrieve records certainly helps.
Hi Shon and Ryan, Just following up on this comment. How does the Event Espresso add-on for LearnDash relate to Shon’s question? https://www.learndash.com/add-on/event-espresso/
Here is our situation: We offer a hybrid of in-person and online learning to large healthcare organizations. We’d like to give them a way to track their employees’ attendance at live events, and link this with participants’ online learning when this is also offered.
It’s certainly something we’re interested in, but at this point the CE Credits plugin doesn’t have enough of a userbase or enough demand for this capability to pursue any integration with event management plugins. We just couldn’t justify the investment at this point. For your particular situation we’re working with another client to build tight integration with The Events Calendar that ties LearnDash course creation, enrolment and completion to events and attendance, but that’s highly custom.
The first release of this plugin is great, thank you! We solely offer CE programs so this plugin is perfect. Our courses are offered nationwide, and each state has its own “calendar year” of when they need to earn X amount of credits as well as their own rules for mandatory number of credits and total number of credits. It would be great if a future release of the plugin offered features that accommodate this. For example, rollover by state & date, CEU report that includes columns for state and license number (typical for doctors, etc)., course report search option of ‘by state’, variable to award certificate for state AND number of credits/course combinations (for example, Nebraska might require 6 CEUs whereas North Dakota requires 20). Anyway, I appreciate all you guys do! Really helps us less technically talented people like myself.
Thanks for the feedback! I think you’ll like version 1.1 of the plugin, due in a week or so. That would help with variable credit requirements (if you can map state to LearnDash Group) but we have no plans to allow different rollover dates for different groups. 🙁 The current admin report would at least let you assess credits earned and total credits by date range.
I know you said you have no plans to allow different rollover dates for different groups, but I just wanted to add on that I second that request. We do CEUs for healthcare, and I think it would be very valuable for a user to type in their license expiration date and be able to reset their course tracking progress on that date. I know thats even more exact and intricate than just setting them based on groups, but I figured I’d throw it out there in case you guys have a requested features list or anything.
While it’s not something we expect to take on in the near future, one benefit of our plugins is that they are GPL and usually include quite a lot of filters. This means that if you have a developer and want to extend them, our plugin model does at least provide a framework that will save a lot of development time. I know that doesn’t help get this feature added to the core plugin, but what we are seeing is that organizations tend to have very rigid and varied credit models and it’s hard to build something that works for everyone – especially when the audience for this particular plugin is already quite small (it’s our least popular plugin by a significant margin).
1. theCEU plugin is priced at 1 or multisite purchase but elsewhere within Uncanny it states that you do not support multisite installations?
2. can the CEU plugin be used for other certifications other than CEUs (can the plugin be modified to accept professional credits, association credits, etc)?
PS – I am investigating Learndash for multisite use and was directed to your site as a good consulting firm (not presently your client) Thanks.
Licenses are for 2 sites or 10 sites, not multisite vs. non-multisite. Interestingly, most sales of this plugin have been for 10-site licenses so far, primarily to agencies and training developers.
We do not currently test plugins with multisite. Having said that, many customers ignore that and we haven’t seen any issues we can attribute to multisite use. There is additional risk though since we don’t test with multisite.
The plugin cannot currently track non-LearnDash credits or certifications. We may add support in future but nothing is planned in that area right now.
thanks Ryan – can you define the difference between a multisite and a 10 site license? I assumed that a multisite is a multitennant or multi-subdomain within LearnDash? As I mentioned, i am just beginning the LearnDash implementation.
Licenses are by domain. If there’s a domain (or subdomain) for that site, it counts against the license. So a multisite instance with 5 network sites would need the 10-site license.
You know what would be fantastic? If this was integrated with Event Tickets/Event Tickets Plus by Modern Tribe. What I’m thinking is that when you click “check in” for the event, a placeholder course with the event name is automatically created, completed, CEUs assigned and maybe certificate emailed. Unfortunately, as a small non-profit, we cannot commission this feature, but I think a lot of people would find it useful.
Is there a way to assign credits to lessons/modules instead of just courses? We are waiting to make sure that students of our school are at least experiencing a certain number of modules inside of a course but not all of them. Would this be possible or will it need custom programming?
I’m afraid this is not possible without a significant amount of development. I can also confirm that the ability to add credits to lessons or topics isn’t currently in our roadmap. Sorry about that!