Great LearnDash Plugins You Don’t Know About

LearnDash users are fortunate to have dozens of plugins available that extend its functionality and make it easy to integrate with other plugins and apps. Some of those plugins enjoy very wide recognition, including our own useful LearnDash plugins (our free LearnDash Toolkit is now installed on over 7,000 LearnDash sites and is the most installed LearnDash plugin in the WordPress repository). Other plugins are showcased on the LearnDash site, but there are many others still flying under the radar. We want to introduce a few of them to you in this article.

WP Fusion

We love it when LearnDash clients incorporate marketing automation tools into the delivery of their elearning programs to make them more engaging and improve learning outcomes. Historically this was the realm of Memberium and Infusionsoft, and while both tools work reasonably well, as developers we were never particularly fond of using either (and invariably ran into complications setting them up for clients). We much prefer using Active Campaign for simple marketing automation (it’s what we use ourselves) and WP Fusion does a great job of integrating LearnDash with Active Campaign. We’re so pleased with it, in fact, that we’d actually built a competitive plugin and abandoned that work after we discovered and started using WP Fusion. The code is not obfuscated and doesn’t have special server requirements (unlike Memberium) so it’s easier to work with. Moreover, Jack, the developer, has been very receptive to feedback and has added features we’ve requested, like the recent addition of tags for LearnDash groups.

Learning Templates

Dennis at Learning Templates has created some very compelling LearnDash plugins for LearnDash Groups, including an assignment gallery and a plugin that isolates comments on LearnDash posts to a user’s LearnDash Group. While we haven’t used the plugins on any of our client sites yet, they address some gaps in LearnDash Groups that we’ve also experienced and it’s great to see another Canadian company doing LearnDash development.

LearnDash Topic Progression Using Storyline/Captivate

Chris over at Discover eLearning released a plugin that makes it a lot easier to integrate Articulate Storyline and Adobe Captivate files into courses by building a clever solution to have Storyline and Captivate modules control the LearnDash Mark Complete button. Our Tin Canny Reporting plugin does this as well, but for simple integration with Storyline and Captivate, the Discover eLearning plugin can’t be beat—and it’s free!

Do you have any favourite public plugins for LearnDash that didn’t make the LearnDash extensions page or our list here? Tell us about them in the comments!

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  1. Brian Ward
    Brian Ward says:

    I’m experimenting with Slider 3, a very powerful WP plugin that takes images of my PowerPoint Slides (after I save them as pngs) and creates slideshows for my LearnDash courses. It utilises layers on top of the images that can include video, html, text and a lot more. Very pleased with it! It;s free on the WP Plugin repository, and has a Pro version that offers more features.

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    • Ryan
      Ryan says:

      Thanks Brian! Slider plugins can certainly be used for that purpose. For this kind of use case we would typically use H5P and the Course Presentation content type (see https://h5p.org/presentation). It can be a little easier for course authors to use and it’s entirely free.

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