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View and Manage Learner Progress

Version 3.2 of the Uncanny LearnDash Groups plugin added the ability for Group Leaders and Administrators to view and (optionally) manage the progress of users in the front end. It’s a very powerful tool that makes it possible for Group Leaders to have even more oversight over their groups; the video below highlights the benefits.

This hierarchy view of courses, lessons, topics and quizzes allows all of them be reviewed and marked complete or incomplete. For course and lesson completions, everything below those elements will also be marked completed.

Manage LearnDash Progress

Please note that managing and viewing progress is not enabled by default when you install the plugin. On some sites, LearnDash administrators may not want Group Leaders having this capability, so using it requires that you manually create a new page and add a shortcode to it. To manage progress, and not just view it, you must also turn on the capability from the Uncanny Groups Settings page.

Add a Manage or View Progress Page

To allow Group Leaders and Administrators to view and/or manage learner progress, create a new WordPress page and add this shortcode:


The shortcode has no attributes. Instead, controlling whether admins and Group Leaders are given access to an editable or read-only view is controlled from the Uncanny Groups Settings page. From there, check the “Allow Group Leaders to Manage Progress” checkbox to allow front end management of progress rather than the default read-only view.Allow LearnDash Progress Management

Once the page is set up, you can optionally add a link to it from the Group Management page. To do this, look for the Group Manage Progress Page drop-down on the Settings page and choose the page you created that contains the [uo_groups_manage_progress] shortcode.

Update Learner Progress

To manage progress in the front end as a Group Leader or administrator, visit the page that includes the [uo_groups_manage_progress] shortcode.

Once on the page, use the Search field to search for a user by first name, last name or email address. Partial matches are accepted. Please note that Group Leaders can only see users associated with the groups they manage, and can only see and manage progress for courses associated with those groups. Administrators have access to everything.

Click the checkboxes next to course, lesson, topic and quiz names to mark the associated item as complete or incomplete. When completing courses that include lessons, or lessons that include topics, you will be prompted to confirm the request and mark all items under it as complete or incomplete as well.

Please note that progress changes are made instantly. If you mark a course as complete, for example, and the course has a certificate and notifications, those will generated and cannot be reversed. Make sure you want to apply the change before confirming it.

Important: Version 3.2 of Groups does not add the ability to change the status for quizzes associated with topics. Those will be added in an upcoming release.

Download or Print Learner Certificates

From the Manage Progress page, Group Leaders can download or print any certificates the learner has earned.  These include both certificates attached to courses and certificates attached to quizzes.  Once the learner has completed a course or a quiz with a certificate attached, a Certificate button will appear in the corresponding row:

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