One of the benefits of the Experience API to the eLearning industry is the affordance of distributed training and delivery systems. In this post, I’ll share how one company has developed a customizable, inexpensive, and modular Learning Management System (LMS) along with a brief video demonstration of how it works.
LearnDash LMS is a WordPress plugin that transforms your site into an LMS system. It’s easy to install and provides a plethora of features to help you create & sell training courses, award certificates, design quizzes (using a rapid authoring tool), and get user reports. LearnDash was created by learning professionals with Fortune 500 experience for educational institutions, non-profit & government organizations, and small to medium size businesses. It’s an affordable and highly differentiated alternative to the hundreds of other LMS options on the market.
LearnDash also comes powered with the Experience API…but what does that mean? How is this important to training companies and small to medium sized organizational development teams? What problems does it solve in the context of training delivery?
“A distributed, modular, affordable, customizable, and easy to implement training delivery system outfitted with the Experience API”
Many training companies and organizational learning professionals need an LMS that is easy to deploy (without heavy implementation and custom development). They may have existing customer facing sites where they want to design and provide custom training resources for their partners or customers. Traditional SCORM-enabled LMS solutions don’t fit their needs and are either too feature-rich (and all inclusive) or require an IT and development partner to setup (which they don’t always have). Additionally, their business models don’t fit well with a per-seat or monthly recurring cost structure.
Enter LearnDash + Grassblade + Wax LRS. It meets the specific needs of small to medium size training companies and organizational learning teams. Here’s what makes it different:
- Easy to install & setup. Anybody with intermediate experience designing and using WordPress sites can setup LearnDash in less than a day. Plus, it plays well with your existing site theme.
- Modularity. Most plugins are free with premium versions available. You select only what you need. There’s a vibrant and growing community of WordPress developers. Course sales, quiz authoring, content launching, user management, and Google analytics, are all examples of quick install plugins.
- Pay once. You can download LearnDash and most other plugins you need for free or for a one-time cost. Deliver as much training as you like to as many people as you need.
- Authoring tools. LearnDash already includes a great quiz authoring tool (that generates results in the Experience API format) but you can also use the Grassblade plugin, which makes it possible create content using almost any available course authoring tool on the market like Storyline, Lectora, iSpring, Claro, or Captivate. Furthermore, any course packages published in Experience API (Tin Can) format can be uploaded to Grassblade and delivered as part of LearnDash lessons.
- Reporting & analysis. The results of learning activities in LearnDash can be sent directly to a Learning Record Store (LRS) of your choice, like Wax LRS for further analysis, and combinatory analysis with other learning-related results.
Bonus points: LearnDash support is timely & focused.
So there you have it. A distributed, modular, affordable, customizable, and easy-to-implement training delivery system outfitted with the Experience API. Take a look at this 5-minute video for a quick summary of how it all works together. As always, feel free to contact us if you want to learn more!
What do you think are the added benefits and challenges to solutions like LearnDash LMS and Learning Record Stores? We’d love to hear from you!