The Drip Lessons by LearnDash Group module is part of the Pro Suite of modules for the Uncanny LearnDash Toolkit. Out of the box, LearnDash supports releasing access to LearnDash lessons a certain number of days after enrolment or on a specific calendar date—but that date applies to all users. This module extends drip dates by allowing them to be set by LearnDash Group. This allows you to have different groups progress through a course at different times and still manage their access with dates appropriate for the group.
As shown in the screenshot below, this module adds a LearnDash Group drop-down list to the Edit page of lessons. By selecting a group here and then a calendar date in the field below it, everyone in the associated group is assigned a drip date. The All Other Users entry covers everyone that isn’t in a group or doesn’t have a group date selected.
After choosing a group and date in month, enter the day (DD) and year (YYYY) and optionally the hour (HH) and (MM) you would like and then Update the lesson post. The date and time will then be populated in the drop-down list for that group. if you select a date, but not a time, the default time for release of the course will be 12:00 a.m. on the date you specify.
To remove a drip date for a group, choose the group and leave the Make Lesson visible on specific date field blank. Update the post and the group drip date will be reset.
LearnDash 3.x Users
LearnDash changed where to find lesson settings in LearnDash 3.0, so group drip settings are now managed from the Settings tab of the lesson in /wp-admin/. To set a group drip date, scroll down to the Lesson Access Settings section and select Specific date. Enter a date and time, then choose the group associated with that date and time from the LearnDash Group drop-down list. Update the list and the date and time to release the lesson to that group will be saved.
Integration with LearnDash Notifications Plugin
Version 3.2.6 of the Toolkit Pro plugin added support for the LearnDash Notifications plugin. This means that students can be notified by email when lessons become available based on the drip date assigned to their associated groups.
Unfortunately, the LearnDash Notifications plugin requires that things be set up in a specific order for this to work properly. To send notifications to students based on a group drip date, especially if you use Shared Course Steps, make sure you set things up in this order:
- Create the Lesson Notification in the Notifications plugin.
- Create or edit the lesson you’re going to drip.
- If Shared Course Steps are off, choose a group for the drip behaviour and then select a date.
- If Shared Course Steps are on, select a course under the content switcher, choose a group for the drip behaviour and select a date.
- Save the lesson changes.
It’s really important that lessons with group drip dates be resaved after setting up the Lesson Notification, otherwise notifications may not be send out.
Note: When using a Shared Course Steps with a lesson that appears in multiple courses, it’s not possible to set different drip dates in each course for a single group.