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Getting My Certificate

  1. Take a course of your choice from here: https://asklexph.com/courses
  2. Complete the lessons, quizzes, topics and everything in the course.
  3. Once you have the finish the course, you’ll be redirected to course overview which you can download the certificate.
  4. Click the “Download Certificate” button to download the certificate in PDF file.
Getting Your Certificate

Create and Link Forum to a Course

To add FAQ to a course, you need to setup the following:

  1. Create a course
  2. Create a forum
  3. Link the forum to a course

Creating a Course

To create a course, you can follow the instructions here.

Creating a Forum

  1. Go to “Forums“.
  2. Click “Add New” button.
  3. Enter necessary data such as Forum title and content.

4. If you wanted to restrict access to your forum, set the “Visibility” to “Private“. Only enrolled students to the course will have an access to the forum and will be able to post topics.

5. Finally, click the “Publish” button to create the forum.

Link Forum to a Course

  1. Edit your existing course.
  2. Go to “FAQ Options select your forum in the “Course Questions” field.

3. Click “Update” button to save your changes.

Quiz Leaderboard

The quiz leaderboard provides a way for you to display user’s scores to everyone who takes a quiz. Users can see where they stack up against one another, and ideally, they’ll feel more inclined to excel at the quiz and see their name atop the leaderboard.

Enable the Leaderboard

Quiz leaderboards are enabled on a quiz-by-quiz basis.

  1. Navigate to LEARNDASH LMS > QUIZZES
  2. Click on the quiz you’d like to enable the leaderboard for
  3. Click on the Settings tab
  4. Scroll down to the Administrative and Data Handling Settings section
  5. Enable the toggle for Leaderboard

Leaderboard Settings

Who Can Apply?: This determines who can submit their score to the leaderboard.

  • All users
  • Registered users only
  • Anonymous users only (for “Open” courses where users don’t need to be logged in). Anonymous users are required to enter their name & email.

Multiple Applications per user: Enable this option to allow the same user to submit multiple scores to the leaderboard.

  • Enter the number of minutes the user has to wait before they can submit another score

Automatic user entry: Enable this option to automatically submit the user’s score to the leaderboard. If left disabled, a button will be available for the user to click to submit their score.

Number of displayed entries: This refers to the number of entries that are present in the leaderboard when it is displayed to the users.

Sort list by?: This determines the sort order when the leaderboard is displayed to the users.

  • Best user (top score)
  • Newest entry
  • Oldest entry

Display on Quiz results page: Enable this option to display the leaderboard on the quiz results page. You have two options for how it is displayed:

  • Below the result text: The leaderboard is displayed on the page by default.
  • In a button: A “Show Leaderboard” button is displayed at the bottom of the quiz results, and must be clicked to display the leaderboard.

There is also the option to insert the leaderboard onto any WordPress page or post by using a shortcode:

  1. Navigate to LEARNDASH LMS > QUIZZES
  2. Locate the desired quiz
  3. In the Shortcode column, copy the leaderboard shortcode
    (example: )
  4. Paste the shortcode into the text editor of the desired page

What the User Sees

Here’s what the user sees after completing a quiz. This example displays the leaderboard after the “Show Leaderboard” button is clicked.

Quiz Custom Fields

In addition to adding an unlimited number of quiz questions, you can also collect custom data from a user before or after he/she takes a quiz. This article will explain how to set up quiz custom fields and where to view them.

NOTE
Quiz custom fields are set on a quiz-by-quiz basis. They cannot be set globally.

Enable Custom Fields

  1. Navigate to LEARNDASH LMS > QUIZZES
  2. Click on the quiz you’d like to edit
  3. Click on the Settings tab
  4. Scroll down to the Administrative and Data Handling Settings section
  5. Turn on the setting next to Custom Fields

Display Position

There are two places you can ask users to fill out your custom fields:

  • On the quiz startpage: Custom fields are displayed after any content you add to the top of the Quiz page, and immediately before the “Start Quiz” button.

NOTE
If you choose this option, the “Autostart” setting in your quiz display settings is ignored, and a “Start Quiz” button will always be displayed.

  • At the end of the quiz (before the quiz result): Custom fields are displayed immediately before the “Finish Quiz” button.

Custom Fields Setup

  • Add Field: To add custom fields, click the + Add field link
  • Field Name: Give your field a name. This will serve as the label for the form field.
  • Field Type: Choose a field type. The following options are available:
    • Text: A simple, one-line text field
    • Textarea: A longer, multi-line text area
    • Checkbox: Multiple options may be selected
    • Drop-Down Menu: Only one option may be selected from a drop-down menu
    • Radio: Only one option may be selected
    • Number: Similar to a “Text” field, but only allows numbers
    • Email: Similar to a “Text” field, but requires a valid email address
    • Yes/No: Similar to a “Radio” field, but only allows either a “Yes” or “No” value to be selected
    • Date: 3 drop-down menus will be displayed, one each for month, day & year
  • Edit list: For drop-down menus, radios & checkboxes, click the “Edit list” link to add options
  • Required: Enable the toggle if you’d like to make this field required. A value must be entered or selected before continuing on with the quiz.
  • Move Field: To move a field, hover over the 6 dots to the left of the field name, click, hold down your mouse, and drag it to a new location
  • Delete Field: Hover over the field’s row, and click the red “Remove” link

Custom Fields Data Storage

Quiz custom fields are stored along with quiz statistics. Click the “Statistics” link or icon in either place, and the custom fields will be displayed along with the rest of the quiz statistics.

Quiz Results Display

How to Access Settings

  1. Navigate to LEARNDASH LMS > QUIZZES
  2. Click on the quiz you’d like to edit
  3. Click on the Settings tab
  4. Locate the Results Page Display section

NOTE
Quiz results page display settings are set on a quiz-by-quiz basis. They cannot be set globally.

Here’s an example of most of the available options. We’ll cover them all below.

Quiz Result Message(s)

This feature, sometimes referred to as “graduation levels,” allows you to display a custom message to the user on the quiz results page.

  • Choose to show just one, universal message to everyone
  • Show different messages, based on the score the user received on the quiz
  • Add as many levels as you’d like (technically, the maximum is 100)
  • For each level, set a minimum score (%) that must be attained in order for the user to see the message

To display a quiz result message(s):

  1. Enable the Result Message(s) setting
  2. If you want to show the same message to everyone, just enter a message in the first box, and that’s it

Now let’s use a different example with multiple messages:

  • Display a “please try again” message to users who score between 0 and 80%
  • Display a “you passed” message to users who score between 81% and 89%
  • Display a “you earned a certificate” message to users who score between 90 and 100%

After enabling the Result Message(s) setting:

  1. Enter your message for the 0 to 80% group in the first box
  2. Click the + Add graduation link at the bottom of the box
  3. Enter 81 in the “From ___ % score, display this message:” box
  4. Add your message for the 81% to 89% group
  5. Click the + Add graduation link at the bottom of the box
  6. Enter 90 in the “From ___ % score, display this message:” box
  7. Add your message for the 90% to 100% group

Now you have 3 separate messages set up. Every single user will receive a message, but the message will be customized based on their score.

Restart Quiz Button

Enable this setting to show a “Restart Quiz” button on the results page, after a user finishes a quiz.

Custom Results Display

There are several aspects of the quiz results page that you can customize. Choose to show or hide any of the following elements:

  • Average Score: Displays a bar graph with Your score compared to the Average score of all users who have taken this quiz
  • Category Score: Displays the score (in percentage) broken down by question category
  • Overall Score: Displays the number of points earned, possible points available & percentage score. If essays still need to be graded, a message will be shown in this area as well.
  • No. of Correct Answers: Displays the number of questions answered correctly, out of the total number of questions
  • Time Spent: Displays the time it took the user to complete the quiz

NOTE
If you leave the Custom Results Display setting turned off, all elements will be shown.

Custom Answer Feedback

When enabling custom answer feedback, you can decide what type of feedback to provide to the user at the end of a quiz. Some examples include:

  • Only display a final score (hide all questions)
  • Show the user which answers were correct & incorrect
  • Display a custom message beneath each question

Please familiarize yourself with the following elements. We’ll discuss them below.

Correct / Incorrect Messages

Correct or incorrect messages can be shown beneath each quiz question.

  • If the answer is correct, the word “Correct” will appear at the top of the message
  • If the answer is incorrect, the word “Incorrect” will appear at the top of the message
  • Beneath either “Correct” or “Incorrect,” you may add a custom message for each question
  • Choose to show one message for correct, and a different one for incorrect, OR
  • Choose to display the same message, regardless of correct/incorrect

Configure Messages

If you want to display correct/incorrect messages after each question, you need to set them up first.

  1. Navigate to LEARNDASH LMS > QUESTIONS
  2. Click on the question you’d like to add a message for
  3. Scroll down to the Message with the correct answer section
  4. (Optional) Check the Same text for… box if you’d like to only show one message, regardless of correct/incorrect
  5. Enter your message in the editor. Images & other HTML are supported.
  6. (Optional) If you left the box unchecked in step 4, enter a different message for when the user gets the question incorrect

All of this is also available right from within the quiz builder.

Correct / Incorrect Answer Marks

Answer marks provide the user feedback on each question. Green is used to indicate correct answers, while red is used to indicate incorrect answers. If you allow users to retake the quiz, and you don’t want to give away the answers, you can disable answer marks. They’ll still be able to see the answers they provided, they just won’t know if it was correct or incorrect.

View Questions Button

If disabled, the “View questions” button will not appear on the results page, and users will not be able to review the questions. Only the information you have enabled in the previous section, “Custom Results Display,” will be shown.

NOTE
If you leave the Custom Answer Feedback setting turned off, all elements will be enabled & displayed.

Quiz Display & Content Settings

LearnDash quizzes come with a plethora of display options. You can add materials, show/hide a handful of different elements, autostart quizzes, display numbering, randomize answers and more.

How to Access Settings

  1. Navigate to LEARNDASH LMS > QUIZZES
  2. Click on the quiz you’d like to edit
  3. Click on the Settings tab
  4. Locate the Display and Content Options section

NOTE
Quiz display & content settings are set on a quiz-by-quiz basis.

Here’s an example of most of the available options. We’ll cover them all below.

Quiz Materials

Quiz materials are supplemental materials that you want to provide for the quiz. It is most common to include PDF files or other downloadable files in this area, but you can include anything you’d like (PDFs, images, downloadable audio files, links to other websites, etc.).

  1. Next to Quiz Materials, toggle the switch on
  2. Add your materials in the box (HTML is supported)

NOTE
Quiz materials are shown to any user who has access to the quiz.

They are displayed to your users in a separate tab, alongside the main quiz content.

Autostart

Enable this setting to automatically load the quiz as soon as the user accesses the quiz page.

By default, this setting is disabled, and a “Start Quiz” button must be clicked to start the quiz.


Before we cover all the various elements of a quiz, please familiarize yourself with the following terminology. We’ll explain how to show/hide/enable/disable all of the following elements:

Question Display

The question display gives you two main options for how you want to set up your quiz questions:

1. One question at a time

  • Only one question is shown at a time
  • A “Next” button is displayed at the bottom of each question to proceed to the next one

If you choose this option, you have two ways to display results:

  1. At the end only
    All questions are graded together, at the end of the quiz. Choosing this option will allow you to optionally display a “Back” button that allows the user to review the previous question.
  2. After each submitted answer
    Each question is graded one at a time, immediately after it is submitted. The “Back” button is not an option here.

2. All questions at once

  • All questions are displayed on the page
  • You can choose the number of questions to be displayed before pagination appears at the bottom (enter 0 to show all questions)
  • No navigation buttons will be shown
  • A “Quiz Summary” button is shown at the end, followed by a “Finish Quiz” button to submit your answers

Question Overview Table

The question overview table displays a table at the top of your quiz.

  • It contains a number for each quiz question that your quiz contains
  • Users can click each number to take them to that particular quiz question
  • The question that is currently being viewed is marked in blue
  • Users can click a “Review question” button to mark a question as “for review”
  • Answered questions are marked in green
  • A “Quiz summary” button allows user to see how many questions they have answered, and click “Finish quiz” to submit their answers

Custom Question Ordering

By default, your quiz questions are displayed in the order they are set in the quiz builder. If you’d like to change that order, you have a few options:

  • Sort by Category: This will group all questions within the same category together.
  • Randomize Order: Just as it implies, this displays quiz questions in a random order. You can apply the randomization to all questions, or only a subset of questions.

Additional Question Options

There are a handful of other quiz elements that you can choose to show or hide from your users. Enable the toggle to display the following elements:

  • Point Value: Displayed in the top-right corner of each question. 10 point(s)
  • Question Category: Displayed just above the question. Only shown for questions that have been assigned a category. Category: Math
  • Question Position: Displayed at the very top of each question, indicating the current question out of the total questions. Question 1 of 10
  • Question Numbering: Displayed before each question. 10. Question
  • Number Answers: Displays a number before each answer (only applies to Single Choice and Multiple Choice question types)
  • Randomize Answers: Applies to Single Choice, Multiple Choice, Sorting & Matrix Sorting question types

Quiz Title

Enable this setting to output the LearnDash quiz title. This is recommended if you’re displaying the quiz via shortcode, or anywhere other than the default quiz page.

Quiz Access & Progression

This article will discuss the various ways you can prevent user access to a quiz, along with quizzes affect course progression. You can also award certificates, use time limits, set a passing score, limit quiz retakes and more.

Quiz Access Settings

Aside from course progression, there are two main ways you can restrict access to a LearnDash quiz.

  1. Navigate to LEARNDASH LMS > QUIZZES
  2. Click on the quiz you’d like to edit
  3. Click on the Settings tab
  4. Locate the Quiz Access Settings section

Quiz Prerequisites

You can select one or more quizzes as prerequisites for a quiz. The quiz(zes) you choose must be completed prior to starting this quiz.

  1. Next to Quiz Prerequisites, click inside the box
  2. Search for and select the name of a quiz
  3. Click on that quiz to add it as a prerequisite

If a user tries to access a quiz before completing the prerequisites, they will see a message on the quiz page that lists the name of the quiz(zes) that must be completed first.

Registered Users Only

You can also choose to only allow registered users to access the quiz. Simple check the box to enable this setting. Common uses for this setting include:

  • If you’re administering a quiz via shortcode on a non-course page
  • If you have a quiz on an “Open” course, but you only want authenticated users to be able to take the quiz

Quiz Progression & Restriction Settings

These settings discuss various options for quiz passing percentages, awarding certificates, time limits and retakes.

Passing Score

The passing score represents the score, as a percentage, that the user must attain before the quiz is considered complete. This will prevent the user from moving forward in the course until they have passed the quiz.

This must be a number between 0 and 100.

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Set this value to 0 if you want the user to be able to continue the course as soon as the quiz is submitted, regardless of their score.

Quiz Certificates

If you’d like to award the user a certificate for this quiz, you may choose a certificate here. You need to create a certificate first.

  1. Click the “Search or select a certificate…” dropdown
  2. Choose a certificate from the list

After you select a certificate, you have the option to choose a score that the user is required to attain in order to awarded the certificate. This can be different from the passing score above. For example, a user could pass the quiz with an 80% score, but might be required to attain a 90% score to be awarded a certificate.

  • Enter the score in the box next to Certificate Awarded for

Quiz Retakes

Here you can control the number of quiz retakes that a user can have. Leave this setting disabled to allow unlimited retakes.

To put a limit on the number of retakes allowed:

  1. Enable the toggle to Restrict Quiz Retakes
  2. Enter the number of retakes allowed next to Number of Retries Allowed
  3. You can set the retake limit to apply to all users, only registered users, or only anonymous users
    • (Optional) Check the box to use cookies to track retakes for anonymous (non-logged-in) users

Question Completion

Enable this setting to require the user to answer all questions. They will not be able to submit the quiz until all questions are answered.

Leave disabled to allow users to submit the quiz without answering all questions. Questions not answered will be marked incorrect.

Time Limit

Enable the Time Limit toggle if you’d like to limit the amount of time a user can spend on the quiz. The quiz will be automatically submitted after your specified amount of time.

Next to Automatically Submit After, enter a time in the format HH:MM:SS (hours, minutes, seconds). Here’s an example of a 1 hour, 30 minute time limit.

Leave this setting disabled for the user to have an unlimited amount of time to complete the quiz.

Manage & Grade Essays

This article will show you how to manage, grade, download & comment on submitted essays. 

Accessing Submitted Essays

  1. Navigate to LEARNDASH LMS > QUIZZES
  2. Click on the Submitted Essays tab

This page will list all essays that have been submitted by all users, for all quizzes.

Filter Essays

You can filter the Submitted Essays list in a few ways:

  1. Choose between Graded & Not Graded (shown in pink)
  2. Filter by the course, lesson or quiz that the essay is associated with (shown in blue)
    1. Choose option(s) from the dropdown menus
    2. Click the Filter button

Grading & Awarding Points

There are two ways to grade essays & award points.

From the Listing Screen

This is the quick & easy way to grade an essay.

  1. From the Submitted Essays listing screen…
  2. Enter the number of points you’d like to award
  3. Click the approve button

The page will reload and you’ll see the status change from “Not Graded” to “Graded,” and the appropriate points will be displayed.

No further adjustments can be made from the listing screen, but you can open each individual essay if you need to make any changes.

Individual Essay

This method is a little more time intensive, but provides more flexibility. You can change an essay from “Graded” to “Not Graded,” as well as adjust the points awarded.

  1. From the Submitted Essays listing screen…
  2. Click on an essay title to edit it
  3. Find the Essay Grading Status section in the sidebar
  4. Update the essay status (Graded or Not Graded)
  5. Update the points awarded
  6. Click the Update button to save your changes

If you previously set the grading of the essay to Not Graded, No Points Awarded, then the status and grade of the quiz will no longer be in Pending status after you award points and indicate that the essay is graded.

If the user did not meet the passing threshold prior to grading, but after the grading of the essay they meet the threshold, then they will be permitted to continue with the course.

Download an Essay File

If you chose the “Upload” essay type, your submitted essay will include the file that the user uploaded.

  1. From the individual essay screen…
  2. Scroll down to the Essay Upload section
  3. Click on the file to download it

Learndash Reporting

As users go through course content and mark items complete, LearnDash is recording this information on their WordPress profile. The course progress and quiz performance can be viewed directly on a specific user’s profile, or the information can be exported.

Standard Reports

  1. Course Data: Displays all user’s course progress, what lesson they are currently on, and if the course has been marked complete. This report can be exported from the REPORTS menu.
  2. Quiz Data: Displays all user’s quiz scores, when the quiz was taken, and if the quiz was successfully passed. This report can be exported from the REPORTS menu.

Quiz Statistics

In addition to these two reports, you can also view quiz statistics right within the WordPress admin area.

  1. Navigate to the quiz you’d like to view statistics for
  2. Click the Actions dropdown menu in the top corner
  3. Click Statistics

This will allow you to view individual answer statistics.

NOTE
The Quiz Statistics option must be turned ON in order for data to be gathered.

In “Administrative and Data Handling Settings,” this setting must be toggled ON.

You can switch between the History and Overview buttons to see different reports, and use the options at the top to filter your reports.

Users with the assigned Group Leader role can also export Course Data and Quiz Data for their respective groups. This is accomplished on the Group Administration page when they are logged into their account.

Quiz Questions

This article will explain all the various question types that can be used with quizzes, how to set up your questions & answers, awarding points, hints, categories, the different options available for each question type, and more.

Access Questions

Every question you use in any quiz across your site is stored in one, central location. While you can use the quiz builder to add questions & configure your entire quiz, you can also modify questions on their own, dedicated page.

  1. Navigate to LEARNDASH LMS > QUESTIONS
  2. Click on any question to open it’s edit page

Filter Questions

LearnDash gives you the ability to filter your questions in a number of ways:

Use the filter bar across the top of the All Questions page:

  1. Choose the filters you want
  2. Click the “Filter” button

Choose Question Type

When creating a new quiz question, one of the first things you’ll want to do is choose your question type. LearnDash offers the following question types:

  • Single choice
  • Multiple choice
  • Free choice
  • Sorting choice
  • Matrix sorting choice
  • Fill in the blank
  • Assessment (survey)
  • Essay (open answer)

To select your question type, look for the Answer type box in the sidebar. Select your type:

Question Title & Text

The question title is only for internal use. It is not displayed to the user.

The question text is where you actually type the question you have for the user. This uses the classic WordPress editor, so you can insert images, format your text & use custom HTML.

Points to be Awarded

Points are available for all question types. This field is required for all questions. It defaults to 1, but can also be set to 0. Points are only awarded when the question is answered correctly.

To adjust points for a question:

  1. Find the Points box in the sidebar
  2. Update the number of points to be awarded

If you’d like to award a different numbers of points based on the specific answer given:

  1. Check the Different points for each answer box
  2. In the Answers box, where you add your answers, you’ll see a box labeled “Points”
  3. Enter the number of points to be awarded for each specific answer

Question Categories

Question categories are available for all question types. They are completely optional, but you can use them to:

  • better organize all of your quiz questions
  • provide the user with quiz statistics, broken down by category

To place a question in a category:

  1. Find the Question Category box in the sidebar
  2. Click the dropdown
  3. Choose an existing category, or select “Create new category” and give your new category a name

Update or Delete Categories

To delete a question category, or update its title:

  1. Navigate to LEARNDASH LMS > QUESTIONS
  2. Click on the Settings tab
  3. In the Question Taxonomies section, click the dropdown to “Select a category”
  4. Click the Delete button to delete it, or
  5. Update its title and then click Update

At the end of a quiz, you can choose to display to percentage score the user received in each category of questions:

Hints

Hints are available for all question types. They are completely optional, but can help direct a user in the right direction when answering a question. When enabled, a button will appear below the question. Clicking that button will reveal a popup with the hint.

To enable a hint for a question:

  1. On the Edit Question screen, scroll down to the Hint box
  2. Check the box to Activate hint for this question?
  3. Enter your hint in the box
    Hints use the classic WordPress editor, so you can include images, lists, formatting & custom HTML.

Quiz Question Types

Single Choice

Single choice means there is only one correct answer. This is the most common question format for standardized tests. You should also use this question type for True or False questions.

  • There is no limit to the number of incorrect answers you provide
  • Choose the correct answer by selecting the radio button for “Correct”
  • Check the “Allow HTML” box if you’d like to use HTML in your answer
  • Add images or other media by clicking the “Add Media” button
  • Delete an answer by clicking the “Delete answer” button
  • Add a new answer by clicking the “Add new answer” button
  • Move answers around by long-pressing the “Move” button and dragging the answer up or down

Setting up a single choice question in the admin area looks like this:

Here’s an example of what the user will see.

Multiple Choice

Multiple choice questions support multiple correct answers. In order for the question to be marked correct, users must select ALL of the correct answers. If they only select some correct answers, then the question is marked incorrect.

  • There is no limit to the number of correct or incorrect answers you provide
  • The rest of the setup options are the same as single choice questions

Setting up a multiple choice question in the admin area looks like this:

Here’s an example of what the user will see.

Subtract Points for Incorrect Answer
You can choose to subtract points when the user selects an incorrect answer. Note that negative scoring is calculated on a per-question basis.

  1. In the Points box, enable the option for “Different points for each answer”
  2. Provide a number of points (only  positive numbers are supported) for the incorrect answer
  3. This value will then be subtracted from the question’s total points

Free Choice

Free choice questions give the user an input field where they must type the correct answer.

  • You can choose to accept only one answer, or multiple possible answers
  • Answers may be one word or multiple words
  • Capitalization does not matter. BLUE, Blue and blue are all scored the same.

Example: If you ask “What color is the sun?”, you can choose to accept yellow, orange or white. If the user enters any one of these answers, the question is marked correct.

Setting up a free choice question in the admin area looks like this:

Here’s an example of what the user will see.

Sorting Choice

Sorting choice questions ask the user to place a series of answers in the correct order. When creating the question, the order of the answers in the backend will be considered the correct order.

Setting up a sorting choice question in the admin area looks like this:

Here’s an example of what the user will see.

Matrix Sorting Choice (Matching)

Matrix sorting questions should be used when you want the user to match two items together. There are two parts to a matrix sorting question:

  • Criterion: These are static & cannot be moved.
  • Sort elements: These are what users will drag & drop to the correct criterion.

Each sort element must be unique, and only one-to-one associations are supported.

Your answer area will be set up like a table, with the criterion on the left, and an open area to drag & drop sort elements on the right. You have the option to set a percentage width for the criterion column.

Setting up a matrix sorting choice question in the admin area looks like this (the example uses images for the criterion):

Here’s an example of what the user will see.

Fill in the Blank

Fill in the Blank questions allow you to insert a blank line(s) in the middle of a sentence or paragraph. Users then type the correct answer into this empty field.

  • If more than one blank exists, all blanks must be answered correctly for the entire question to be marked correct.
  • Capitalization does not matter. PLAY, Play and play are all scored the same.
  • Blank spaces are created by providing the correct answer inside of curly braces { and }.

Example Format

  • Admin Setup: I {play} soccer.
  • User Sees: I ____ soccer.

The correct answer is “play”.

Multiple Possible Answers

To allow for multiple possible answers, enclose each possible answer with square brackets [ and ]. You still use { and } to create the blank space.

I {[play][love][hate]} soccer.

In this example, the user can enter “play,” “love” or “hate,” and they would all be accepted as correct.

Different Points Per Answer

If the “Different points for each answer” option is selected, you can assign points to each possible answer. Otherwise, 1 point will be awarded for each correct answer. To assign points to an answer, enter the pipe character | immediately following the answer, and then enter the number of points.

I {play} soccer, with a {ball|3}.

In this example, the answer “play” is awarded 1 point, and “ball” is awarded 3 points.

Setting up a fill in the blank question in the admin area looks like this:

Here’s an example of a fill in the blank question used for math equations, where there is only one possible correct answer for each blank.

Assessment (Survey)

Assessment questions allow for the use of a Likert scale. This question type is perfect for surveys, or any time you’re asking a user to rate something on a scale.

  • Only one answer may be selected
  • You can add text/images before and/or after the scale
  • There is no limit to the number of options available in the assessment
  • Enclose the entire assessment with curly braces { and }
  • Enclose each individual answer with square brackets [ and ]
  • The maximum possible score is equal to the total number of options

Examples:

  1. less true { [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] } more true
  2. { [disagree] [not sure] [agree] }

Example 1: 1 is the least true; it’s worth 1 point. 5 is the most true; it’s worth 5 points.

Example 2: disagree is worth 1 point. not sure is worth 2 points. agree is worth 3 points.

TIP
This type of question is great for pre-course or end-of-course surveys.

Setting up an assessment question in the admin area looks like this:

Here’s what the user sees:

Essay / Open Answer

Essay questions allow the user to enter a free-form answer. You can choose between two types of essay questions:

  • Text Box: Displays a <textarea> form field for the user to enter any text they’d like.
  • Upload: Displays an upload button that allows the user to upload a file.

Essays come with 3 options for how they are graded after the quiz is submitted:

  • Not Graded, No Points Awarded: The essay question is submitted and awaiting a grade. The final quiz grade will be displayed as “Pending” to the user.
  • Not Graded, Full Points Awarded: Awards full points for the essay submission, but its status remains “Not Graded.” An admin can grade the essay at a later date, and adjust the awarded points.
  • Graded, Full Points Awarded: Automatically mark the essay as “Graded” and award full points.

Course Progression

A user can only progress if the following two things are true:

  • The essay is marked as “Graded,” and
  • The user has enough quiz points to move on (configured in the quiz’s settings)

IMPORTANT
If no points are immediately awarded for the essay, this (temporarily) counts against the final score. If the total points obtained from the other quiz questions meets the passing threshold, the user can continue with the course. However, if they do not earn enough points to meet the passing threshold, they will not be able to continue.

Here’s an example of a “Text Box” essay:

Here’s an example of an “Upload” essay:

For more on essay management & grading, please see our full documentation on essays →

Quiz Scores and Answers

Administrators can view overall quiz scores for students with the built-in LearnDash reporting.  Individual answers to questions can be viewed on the Quiz Statistics page.

Quiz Builder

The quiz builder provides a quick, intuitive way to add, edit, move & delete all the questions in your quiz. This article explains how to use every aspect of the quiz builder to make creating quizzes & managing questions a breeze.

Access the Quiz Builder

There are a few ways you can access the quiz builder.

For Existing Quizzes

If you’ve already created a quiz:

  1. Navigate to LEARNDASH LMS > QUIZZES
  2. Hover over an existing quiz
  3. Click the “Builder” link

Alternatively, you can click on the quiz title or “Edit” link to bring up the “Edit Quiz” page. Once there, click the “Builder” tab in the top navigation bar.

Creating Your First Quiz?

  1. Navigate to LEARNDASH LMS > QUIZZES
  2. Click the “Add New” button at the top of the page
  3. Click the “Builder” tab in the top navigation bar

Quiz Builder Overview

At the top of the quiz builder, you’ll see:

  • The total number of questions in the quiz
  • A link to “Expand All” or “Collapse All” questions
    • This allows you to see all questions & answers at a glance, and more quickly rearrange, add or remove questions
  • An “Undo” link to undo any unwanted changes you’ve made

Then you’ll see all of your questions. This is where you’ll spend the majority of your time constructing your quiz.

Add Questions to Your Quiz

There are multiple ways to add questions with the quiz builder. This will depend on a few things:

  • if you’re sharing questions across multiple quizzes, and want to add existing ones
  • if you’re adding brand new questions
  • personal preference

New Questions

To add a brand new question to a quiz:

  1. At the bottom of the quiz builder, click the + New Question link
  2. Type the name of your question (internal use only)
  3. Hit ENTER, or click the “Add Question” button

Existing Questions

All of your existing questions can be found in the “Questions” box in the sidebar. By default, your most recent questions are shown, but you can click “View all” to see all questions, or use the search box to find a specific question by its title.

NOTE
If you don’t see the questions box depicted below, click the settings cog icon icon to display the sidebar.

There are multiple ways to add existing questions.

Add a single question: Hover over a question in the question box and click the “Add” button. This will add the question to the end of your quiz.

Add multiple questions: Select the checkbox next to multiple questions, and then click the “Add Selected” button. This will add all selected questions to the end of your quiz.

Drag & drop: If you’d like to add questions to a particular spot in your quiz, you can click & hold down your mouse, drag the question to the quiz builder in the spot you want it, and then release. This will place the question in your specified location in the quiz.

Edit Questions

Questions have a few different parts to them, so let’s cover each area one at a time.

Question Title

Like we previously mentioned, the title is only for internal use, but it can be extremely helpful for the admin to find/edit questions on the backend.

To edit the question title in the quiz builder:

  1. Hover over the question whose title you’d like to edit
  2. Click the pencil icon
  3. Edit the title
  4. Hit ENTER, or click the “Save” button

For all other edits to the question, or its answers, you need to expand the question by clicking on the blue down arrow on the right. Alternatively, you can expand all questions at once using the “Expand All” link at the top of the quiz builder.

Question

To edit the actual text of the question:

  1. Next to the Question, click the pencil icon
  2. Edit your question
  3. Click the “Save” button

Answers

Editing answers in the quiz builder will depend on the question type. Different types have different options. As soon as you select the question type, your answer options will update below.

Add Answers

The following question types provide the ability for you to add more than one answer:

  • single choice
  • multiple choice
  • sorting
  • matrix sorting

For these question types, you can add new answers directly in the builder.

  1. Click the + New Answer link
  2. Enter your new answer
  3. Click the “Add Answer” button

Edit Answers

Editing answers will look different, depending on the question type. However, all answers & answer options can be edited in the quiz builder by clicking the pencil icon.

Here’s an example editing an answer for a single choice question:

Select Correct Answers

For single choice & multiple choice questions, you can select one or more correct answers.

  1. To the right of each answer, you’ll see a “Correct” option
  2. For single choice questions, choose the single radio button that corresponds with the correct answer
  3. For multiple choice questions, choose each checkbox that corresponds with a correct answer

The correct answer(s) is displayed in bold in the quiz builder.

Move Answers

The following question types contain answers which can be reordered:

  • single choice
  • multiple choice
  • sorting
  • matrix sorting

To rearrange the order of answers:

  1. Locate the 6 dots to the left of the answer
  2. Click, hold down your mouse, and drag the answer to a new location

Remove Answers

To remove an answer in the quiz builder:

  1. Hover over the answer you’d like to remove
  2. Click the red “Remove” link

For all other question types, the answer options vary. Please refer to our question types documentation to see all available options.

Points

To edit the amount of available points for a question:

  1. Click the pencil icon next to “__ points”
  2. Edit available points
  3. Hit ENTER, or click the “Save” button

NOTE
Currently, you cannot set different points for each answer via the quiz builder. Please see this page for instructions.

Question Type

To edit the question type:

  1. Click on the question type dropdown menu
  2. Choose a new question type

The answer options will automatically update as soon as you change the question type.

Question Settings

Question settings are the same across all question types.

To access question settings in the quiz builder:

  • Look for the “Question Settings” link below the answers

Since these settings are also available on the dedicated Edit Question page, please see the following documentation for:

Question Categories

Currently, these cannot be set within the quiz builder. Please see this page for instructions.


Finally, if you need to open a question’s dedicated edit screen:

  1. Hover over a question
  2. Click the blue “Edit” link

NOTE
We recommend opening the question page in a new tab so you don’t lose any unsaved changes to your quiz.

Remove Questions

To remove a question from your quiz:

  1. Hover over the question
  2. Click the red “Remove” link

NOTE
This only removes the question from this particular quiz. It will still remain in your full list of questions, and if using it on another quiz, that quiz will not be affected.

Rearrange Questions

In addition to adding & editing questions, you can also use the quiz builder to move them around. You’ve got two options.

Drag & Drop

Immediately before each question, you’ll find an icon with 6 dots. When you hover over this icon, your cursor will turn into a hand. This means you can click, hold down, and drag the question to another place within your quiz.

Arrows

Also located before each question, you’ll find up and down arrows above and below the drag & drop icon. Clicking these arrows will move the question either up or down.

Taking a Quiz

  1. Take a course of your choice from here: https://asklexph.com/courses
  2. Over the course, some quizzes are also included.
  3. You just have to take the quiz by clicking the “Start Quiz” button.

4. Choose an answer to a question and proceed to the next question by clicking the “Next” button.

5. Finish the quiz and proceed to the next lesson or topic by clicking “Click Here to Continue” button.
Note: Quizzes require certain number of points before proceeding to the next topic / lesson. Retake the quiz if necessary.

Viewing My Courses

  1. Login to you account at the top right corner.
  2. Once logged in, hover on your account and a drop down menu will show.
  3. In the drop down menu, hover and click My Courses menu to view My Courses page.

Leave and Edit a Course Review

  1. View your desired course from courses leave a review.
  2. Select and click Review tab.
Leave  A Reply

3. Scroll down to Review tab section and look for the form.
4. Fill out your comment/review of the course and submit by clicking the post comment.

Leave Reply

How to Request Course Refund?

You can request a refund using our contact form in the contact page.

Please ensure that course url and reason for refund is stated in the “Message” field. Please wait for our response within 24 hours after the form submission.

Available Payment Methods

After purchasing a course, you will be redirected to “Checkout” page and available payment methods include the following:

Paypal – For Credit Cards: works with major banks in Philippines and overseas, so you can pay with your preferred credit or debit card. 

Paynamics – For Non-credit Cards: is the Philippines’ most trusted and accessible payments provider. They are offering thousands of available payment channels such as Bayad Centers, Gcash, Coins.ph, PayMaya, GrabPay, 7 eleven, Cebuana Lhuillier, MLhuillier, ECPay and etc.

Course Page

The course page content area is where you add a course title, description and featured image for your course. This is what people will see before they enroll (or purchase) the course.

LearnDash will automatically add a course content table with a list of lessons, topics & quizzes associated with the course below your course description. Course page content is your own custom information that will be displayed as soon as the page is loaded, immediately underneath the “Course” tab.

Where to Add a Course Page Content

  1. Navigate to LEARNDASH LMS > COURSES
  2. Click on the course you’d like to edit
  3. You will automatically land on the Course page tab
  4. You can immediately start adding your course description

Course Title

Your course title is the first thing you’ll see at the top of the editing screen. Look for a placeholder that says “Add Course title.”

Most themes display the course title near the top of the page, below your header and/or global navigation.

Course URL

When you click inside of the “Add Course title” box, you’ll see an area appear above, labeled “Permalink.” This is your course URL.

The first two parts of the URL are not editable. They are determined by your site’s domain name and the course slug you have chosen (which will be /courses/, unless you’ve customized your LearnDash permalinks).

You can edit the third part of the URL:

https://yoursite.com/courses/your-course-permalink/

In most cases, this should be a reflection of your course title.

  1. Click into the “Title” area, as if you were going to change your course title
  2. Click the “Edit” button next to the permalink
  3. Type your new permalink
  4. Hit Enter, or click the Save button

Course Description

Everything below the course title is a blank canvas for you to add your description. This is powered by the same WordPress editor used for pages, blog posts and other content types in WordPress.

Shortcodes & Blocks

LearnDash introduces a number of shortcodes & blocks for you to use in this area. You can add a payment button, show or hide content based on a user’s access, insert a course progress bar and more.

For a more detailed look into all of the available options, please read our shortcode & blocks article.

The featured image is the main image associated with your course.

  1. Look for the Featured Image panel in the sidebar (make sure you’re viewing Document settings, not Block settings)
  2. If it’s not already open, click on it to open it
  3. Click Set featured image
  4. Choose an image from your Media Library, or upload a new one
  5. Click the Select button at the bottom

Shortcodes & Blocks

Conditionally Display Content

These blocks & shortcodes help you show or hide specific information for certain users, based on their enrollment status.

You can include HTML, images, video or anything else you’d like inside of these shortcodes.

All of these shortcodes require a beginning [shortcode] and an ending [/shortcode]

, with content in the middle. Be sure to include both.

When using these Gutenberg blocks, you’ll see a small indicator when hovering over the block to let you know that the content you add will be placed inside the conditional block:

LearnDash conditional shortcode, block example in admin
Example paragraph block used within the LearnDash Course In Progress block

LearnDash Visitor 

You can use this block/shortcode to only show certain information to students who are not yet enrolled in a course. It is most commonly used on the course page itself, but can also be used on a custom sales page by specifying a course_id. Here’s an example:

[visitor course_id="12"]
This will only be seen by users who DO NOT have access to the course. You could provide a link to a signup form or email capture here.
[/visitor]

LearnDash Student 

Use this shortcode to only display some content to a student who has access to the course.

[student course_id="12"]
This will only be seen by users who HAVE ACCESS to the course.
[/student]

You could also add a user_id parameter to the  shortcode if you wanted to target a specific student by his or her ID.

[student user_id="5"]
This will only be seen by the user whose ID is 5. No other students will see it.
[/student]

LearnDash Course Not Started 

This will show content to those who have not completed any steps in the course thus far.

[course_notstarted course_id="12"]
This will only be seen by users who have not completed any steps in the course yet. You could provide a message encouraging them to get started.
[/course_notstarted]

LearnDash Course In Progress 

This shows content to a student who has started the course, but not yet finished it.

[course_inprogress course_id="12"]
This will only be seen by users who have started the course (completed at least one step), but not yet finished it. You could provide encouragement for them to finish it soon.
[/course_inprogress]

LearnDash Course Complete 

Use the  shortcode to show content only to students who have fully completed a course (completed all steps & passed all required quizzes).

[course_complete course_id="12"]
This will only be seen by users who have fully completed the course. You could provide a link to a certificate here, or some related courses they might want to try next.
[/course_complete]

LearnDash Quiz Complete 

Use the  shortcode to show content only to students who have fully completed a quiz.

[ld_quiz_complete quiz_id="32"]
This will only be seen by users who have fully completed the course. You could provide a link to a certificate here, or some related courses they might want to try next.
[/ld_quiz_complete]

LearnDash Group Message 

Use the  shortcode to show content only to students enrolled in the specified group. Requires group ID.

[ld_group group_id="32"]
This will only be seen by users who have access to the group with the ID of 32.
[/ld_group]

Get the Product ID

There are two simple ways of finding out the product ID. When you edit a product, the URL has a bunch of extra information within it that reveals the product ID.

For instance, a typical URL that’s displayed when editing a product might look something like this:

The keyword post contains the product ID of the product that you are editing. In the example above, the Product ID is 2963.

A second option is to head over the Products page in your Instructor Dashboard. In this listing, you’ll find the WooCommerce product ID when you hover over a product name. You can additionally search for your product using the product SKU name or product name and hover over the search results to get the Product ID.

Create and Link Product to a Course

In creating paid courses, you need to setup the following:

  1. Create a course
  2. Create a product
  3. Link a product to a course

Creating a Course

To create a course, you can follow the instructions here.

Creating a Product

  1. Go to “PRODUCTS”.
  2. Click “Add New” button.
  3. Enter product title and prices.

3. Choose “Learndash Courses” that you want to integrate with the product. Users who purchased the product will automatically gain access to the courses you selected in “Learndash Courses” field. This is the first step in linking product to a course.

4. Finally, click “Publish” button.

Linking Product to a Course

1. After course and product creation, you have to change the Access Settings of the course. Change the setting to “Closed” and enter the price and button url. The button url should be formatted like this:

https://asklexph.com/cart/?add-to-cart=<PRODUCT_ID>

Change the <PRODUCT_ID> to the actual product’s ID. For details on how to get the product ID, follow this instructions.

Course Access Settings

The course access settings allow you to define a set of criteria for how a user gains and maintains access to your course. We’ll go through all the options, some of which include a one-time payment, recurring payments, free access, prerequisites and more.

Locating Course Access Settings

  1. Navigate to LEARNDASH LMS > COURSES
  2. Click on the course you want to edit
  3. Click on the Settings tab at the top of the page
  4. Locate the section titled “Course Access Settings”

Access Mode

Access mode is how you determine the way in which someone can gain access to a course (completely free, free with registration required, one-time payment, recurring subscription, etc.). LearnDash has 5 course access modes to choose from.

Open

The following rules apply to Open courses:

  • Free & open to anyone visiting your site
  • No registration, login or payment is required for access
  • Must be registered/logged in to track course progress

NOTE
If you have Open courses on your site, as soon as someone registers an account, they will automatically gain access to all Open courses.

Free

The following rules apply to Free courses:

  • Must be registered/logged in to access
  • No payment is required
  • “Take this Course” button is shown to users not yet enrolled. They are sent through the registration process. If you’re using LearnDash’s customized login & registration, the button will say “Login to Enroll.”

The Free access mode is a good choice if you want an administrator to manually enroll students into the course.

Closed

The following rules apply to Closed courses:

  • Must be registered/logged in to access
  • Allows you to sell your course
  • Enables a custom Button URL field, which sends users to a custom sales or checkout page (a button is only shown if you enter a URL)
  • Manually enroll users into the course, or add them via group enrollment

When you choose Closed, you also need to create a product and link it to your course. If the user purchased your course product, the user will automatically gain access for your course. You can also add users to the course via group enrollment.

To redirect the Take this Course button to a custom URL:

  1. First, select the Closed access mode
  2. Then, enter the URL where you’d like the button to go. Your button url format should be
https://asklexph.com/cart/?add-to-cart=<product_id>

NOTE
To get the product id, follow the guide here.

Course Prerequisites

Prerequisites allow you to choose another course (or courses) that a user must complete before taking this course. When selecting a course(s), you have two options:

  • Any Selected (default)
    If a user has completed any one of the selected courses, they will be able to access this course.
  • All Selected
    The user must complete all selected courses in order to access this course.

To add a course prerequisite:

  1. Next to Course Prerequisites, toggle the setting on
  2. Choose either Any Selected or All Selected
  3. Click in the box to search for a course. Add as many courses as you’d like.

To remove a course prerequisite:

  1. Click the x next to the course name

Course Points

Course points are a simple way to incentive your users. They can also be used as a prerequisite for another course.

To enable course points:

  1. Next to Course Points, toggle the setting on

Required for Access

This is the number of points a user must obtain before gaining access to the course.

For example, let’s say you have a few beginner-level courses that each award 50 points upon completion. You might also have an intermediate-level course. If you want the student to complete at least 2 beginner-level courses (2 courses x 50 points/ea. = 100 points) before taking the intermediate-level course, you could set the required for access setting to 100 points.

Awarded on Completion

This is the number of points a user will receive for completing the course. In the above example, all of your beginner-level courses would set this value to 50.

NOTE
The provided examples are just to explain how course points work. You can use any numbers you’d like, and customize the course points to fit your learning curriculum.

Course Access Expiration

With course access expiration, you can choose to provide access to a course for a limited time period, based on the user’s enrollment date (aka: when they signed up for the course).

  1. Next to Course Access Expiration, toggle the setting on
  2. Enter the number of days the course will be available for
    • This will automatically count that many days from the user’s enrollment date
  3. Choose whether or not you want the user’s course & quiz data to be deleted when access expires

WARNING
Once data is deleted, it is gone forever. If you choose to enable the Data deletion setting, we recommend you make a backup first.

Alter Course Access List

WARNING
We do not recommend manually updating the course access list as it can have unintended negative consequences.

The course access list displays a list of enrolled users by user ID. Each user ID is separated by a comma. Due to a wide variety of add-ons & third-party plugins that affect course enrollment dynamically, this list might not always reflect all enrolled users.

The recommended way to add or remove a user from a course is from the user’s profile page in the WordPress admin area. See user management to learn more.

If you need to alter the course access list:

  1. Next to Alter Course Access List, toggle the setting on
  2. In the box that appears, add or delete the user IDs you want to change. Remember to separate them with commas.

Creating Certificates

Certificates are a great way to reward your students for a job well done. You might want to offer an official certification, or just give them a tangible way to prove their competence.

You can award certificates in two ways:

  • Upon successful completion of a course
  • Upon the passing of a quiz

Using certificates in LearnDash is a 2-step process:

  1. Create a certificate
  2. Associate the certificate with a course or quiz

Add a New Certificate

  1. Navigate to LEARNDASH LMS > CERTIFICATES
  2. Click the Add New button

You’ll be directed to a new screen where you can start creating your certificate. Here’s an overview of each type of information that can be added to your certificate.

Title

The certificate title is only for internal use. Your users will not see this title, but it will be the name that appears in dropdown menus when you go to apply it to a course or quiz. Be sure to name it something you’ll recognize.

Adding a featured image is the way in which you apply a design, or style, to your certificate.

  • IMPORTANT: You must use .jpg images, no more than 1MB in size. This also keeps your loading time to a minimum.
  • The size of your image should match your page size & orientation (see below). If you’re using an 11″ x 8.5″ US Letter size in landscape orientation, your image should match these dimensions. If you want your certificates to look great when printed, please also use 300 dpi.
  • You may include text as part of your image. There are no restrictions to what you include in the image, but keep in mind, it will be shown on all certificates to all users. Text contained within an image is not dynamic and cannot be customized for each user.

To add a featured image:

  1. Click the “Set featured image” link
  2. Choose an image from your Media Library, or upload a new one
  3. Click the Set featured image button
How to set a LearnDash certificate image

How to Create an Image

You can use any image creation or editing program you’d like, hire a designer or use images from a graphics library (please check the license to make sure you have permission). Here are a few suggestions:

  • Canva allows you to use pre-made templates for free, and add some customization of your own. Small upgrades are available, and very affordable.
  • Envato Elements is a premium graphics library with tons of pre-made certificate templates.
  • Creative Market is another premium marketplace where you can find certificate templates, as well as graphics to make your own.
  • Adobe’s Creative Cloud is also an option for more design-oriented users, or anyone already familiar with their design software (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, etc.). A premium subscription is required.

Content

Your certificate content will mostly consist of dynamic fields that are generated for each individual user who is awarded a certificate. For example:

  • User’s Name
  • Course Title
  • Date of Completion
  • …etc.

These types of dynamic fields are inserted via shortcodes. We have an entire article dedicated to certificate shortcodes here →

When adding your certificate content, you’ll need to use some HTML & CSS to set up the overall layout, spacing, sizing, etc. We’ll walk you through some common layouts below, and how to achieve various designs.

Vertical Spacing

You might want to insert the course title at the top of a certificate, the user’s name in the middle, maybe at a completion date at the bottom, etc. One of the best ways to control vertical spacing, and move content up or down on your certificate, is to use the line-height property.

Wherever you need to insert some blank vertical space, you can use the following code:

<p style="line-height:20px;"></p>

This would add 20 pixels of vertical space. You can adjust the 20px to another value. Since our final certificate uses inches, not pixels, you’ll need to play around with this value to achieve your desired result.

You can insert as many of these spacers as you need throughout the certificate.

Horizontal Spacing (Indentation)

There are a few ways to go about horizontal spacing.

If you need to center your text in the middle of the certificate, you can use text-align:center;. Here’s an example of the user’s first name, centered horizontally:

<p style="text-align:center;">[usermeta field="first_name"]</p>

By default, all text will be aligned to the left edge of the certificate (right edge for RTL languages). If you need to indent something, you can use the text-indent property. Here’s an example of the course completion date being pushed vertically towards the bottom of the page, then indented to move it to the far-right corner.

<p style="line-height:150px;"></p>
<p style="text-indent:200px;">[courseinfo show="completed_on" format="F j, Y"]</p>

You’ll need to adjust the 150px and 200px values to match up with your certificate image.

Font Size

You can also adjust the font size of any text. Let’s say you wanted your user’s first & last name to be quite large (30px), then a small vertical space (10px), and then the course title not quite as large as the name (20px), you could do this:

<p style="font-size:30px;">[usermeta field="first_name"] [usermeta field="last_name"]</p>
<p style="line-height:10px;"></p>
<p style="font-size:20px;">[courseinfo show="course_title"]</p>

Font Family

Different computers come pre-installed with different fonts. Some users will have a font installed, and others might not. So there isn’t a ton of flexibility with using custom fonts in certificate creation. However, you can switch between serif and sans-serif fonts, as both should work for most of your users. Here’s an example using a generic serif font:

<p style="font-family:serif;"></p>

Color

You can adjust the color of any text on your certificate. If your image has a dark background, you can use the color property to make your text white.

<p style="color:#ffffff;"></p>

You can combine multiple properties at the same time. If you wanted to indent the user’s first & last name, adjust the font size, and change the color to red, it would look like this:

<p style="text-indent:20px;font-size:30px;color:red;">[usermeta field="first_name"] [usermeta field="last_name"]</p>

Certificate Options

There are a few additional options you can set for your certificate.

PDF Page Size

Choose between the following options:

  • US Letter (default): 8.5″ x 11″
  • A4: 8.3″ x 11.7″

PDF Page Orientation

Choose between the following options:

  • Landscape (default): width is longer than height
  • Portrait: height is longer than width

Certificate File Format

When a user earns a certificate, either by completing a course or passing the certificate threshold for a quiz, they’ll be able to download it in PDF format. All LearnDash certificates are provided as a .pdf file.

When a user clicks a button to get their certificate, some web browsers will open the PDF file in the browser, and others might download the file to the user’s computer.

Topic Page Content

The topic page content is where you have full control over adding whatever content you’d like to your topic. If you’ve added a quiz to your topic, LearnDash will automatically list it at the bottom of the topic page.

The topic page content you add here is your own custom information that will be displayed above any associated quizzes.

Where to Add Topic Page Content

  1. Navigate to LEARNDASH LMS > TOPICS
  2. Click on the topic you’d like to edit -or- Click the Add New button
  3. You will automatically land on the Topic page tab
  4. You can immediately start adding your content

Topic Title

Your topic title is the first thing you’ll see at the top of the editing screen. Look for a placeholder that says “Add Topic title.”

Most themes display the topic title near the top of the page, below your header and/or global navigation.

Topic URL

When you click inside of the “Add Topic title” box, you’ll see an area appear above, labeled “Permalink.” This is your topic URL.

The first two parts of the URL are not editable. They are determined by your site’s domain name and the topic slug you have chosen (which will be /topic/, unless you’ve customized your LearnDash permalinks).

You can edit the third part of the URL:

https://yoursite.com/topic/your-topic-permalink/

In most cases, the permalink should be a reflection of your topic title.

  1. Click the “Edit” button next to the permalink
  2. Type your new permalink
  3. Hit Enter, or click the Save button
This shows a course URL but topic URLs are edited the same way.

Topic Content

Everything below the topic title is a blank canvas for you to add your content. This is powered by the same WordPress editor used for pages, blog posts and other content types in WordPress.

Add text, insert images, embed videos or other multimedia content, link to PDFs or audio files… the possibilities are endless. You have full control over the type of learning experience you deliver to your users.

For more information on how to use the WordPress editor, please see the official WordPress Editor documentation.

The featured image is the main image associated with your topic.

  1. Look for the Featured Image panel in the sidebar
  2. If it’s not already open, click on it to open it
  3. Click Set featured image
  4. Choose an image from your Media Library, or upload a new one
  5. Click the Select button at the bottom
This shows a course image but topic images work the same way.

Topic Display & Content Settings

The topic content & display settings provide a way for you to use additional content in your topic, as well as make it a little more interactive. You can include additional topic materials, add some helpful logic to your video playback, allow users to upload assignments, and include a topic timer.

Locating Topic Display & Content Settings

  1. Navigate to LEARNDASH LMS > TOPICS
  2. Click on the topic you want to edit
  3. Click on the Settings tab at the top of the page
  4. Locate the section titled “Display & Content Options”

Topic Materials

Topic materials are supplemental materials needed for the topic. It is most common to include PDF files or other downloadable files in this area, but you can include anything you’d like (PDFs, images, downloadable audio files, links to other websites, etc.).

  1. Next to Topic Materials, turn the setting on
  2. Add your materials in the box (HTML is supported)

Topic materials are displayed to your users in a separate tab, alongside your main topic content.


NOTE
Between video progression, assignment uploads & topic timer, only one of the three can be enabled at a time. Enabling one of these options will make the other two inaccessible.

Video Progression

Video progression is a way to require users to watch the entirety of a video before they can complete the topic. Please see our full guide on video progression.

Assignment Uploads

NOTE
Assignment uploads cannot be enabled if either video progression or topic timer are enabled.

To allow users to upload assignments to the topic, enable the Assignment Uploads option. You’ll be presented with a few additional options:

File extensions

You can specify exactly which file types may be uploaded.

  • Enter each allowed file type in the box (without the leading .)
  • Separate multiple file types with a comma
  • Leave blank to allow any file type to be uploaded

For example, enter the following to allow only Microsoft Word, Excel & PowerPoint files:

  • doc, docx, xls, xlsx, ppt, pptx

Here’s a list of common file extensions »

File size limit

You can specify the maximum file size allowed to be uploaded.

  • Enter a number, followed by M (for megabytes)

For example, to limit uploads to 5 megabytes, enter 5M.

NOTE
Your host also sets a maximum file size limit. The lower limit will always be used. If you’re having trouble receiving assignment uploads, you can contact your host and ask them to increase your maximum file upload size.

Points

If you’d like to award points to a user when they submit an assignment:

  1. Next to Points, turn the setting on
  2. Enter the number of points to be awarded for a submitted assignment

Grading Type

There are two options for how assignments are graded:

  • Auto-approve (default)
    No grading or approval is needed. The assignment will be automatically approved & full points will be awarded.
  • Manually approve
    An admin or group leader must approve the assignment. The topic cannot be completed until the assignment is approved.

If you choose to manually approve an assignment, you have additional options:

Limit number of uploaded assignments

Enter a number in the box to specify the maximum number of files a user can upload for this assignment.

  • Leave blank for unlimited (default)

Allow file deletion

Enable this option to allow the user to delete their own uploaded files. This is only possible up until the assignment has been approved.

Topic Timer

Enabling a topic timer will require the user to spend a certain amount of time on the topic page before they can mark it complete. The topic cannot be completed until the set time has elapsed.

  1. Next to Topic Timer, turn the setting on
  2. Enter the time in the following format:
    • HH : MM : SS (hours : minutes : seconds)

Lesson Page Content

The lesson page content is where you have full control over adding whatever content you’d like to your lesson. If you’ve added topics or quizzes to your lesson, LearnDash will automatically add a list of associated content to the bottom of the lesson page.

The lesson page content you add here is your own custom information that will be displayed above any associated topics or quizzes.

Where to Add Lesson Page Content

  1. Navigate to LEARNDASH LMS > LESSONS
  2. Click on the lesson you’d like to edit -or- click the Add New button
  3. You will automatically land on the Lesson page tab
  4. You can immediately start adding your content

Lesson Title

Your lesson title is the first thing you’ll see at the top of the editing screen. Look for a placeholder that says “Add Lesson title.”

Most themes display the lesson title near the top of the page, below your header and/or global navigation.

Lesson URL

When you click inside of the “Add Lesson title” box, you’ll see an area appear above, labeled “Permalink.” This is your lesson URL.

You can edit the third part of the URL:

https://yoursite.com/lessons/your-lesson-permalink/

In most cases, the permalink should be a reflection of your lesson title.

  1. Click the “Edit” button next to the permalink
  2. Type your new permalink
  3. Hit Enter, or click the Save button
This shows a course URL but lesson URLs are edited the same way.

Lesson Content

Everything below the lesson title is a blank canvas for you to add your content. This is powered by the same WordPress editor used for pages, blog posts and other content types in WordPress.

Add text, insert images, embed videos or other multimedia content, link to PDFs or audio files… the possibilities are endless. You have full control over the type of learning experience you deliver to your users.

For more information on how to use the WordPress editor, please see the official WordPress Editor documentation.

The featured image is the main image associated with your lesson.

  1. Look for the Featured Image panel in the sidebar
  2. If it’s not already open, click on it to open it
  3. Click Set featured image
  4. Choose an image from your Media Library, or upload a new one
  5. Click the Select button at the bottom
This shows a course image but lesson images work the same way.

Video Progression

Video progression is a way to require users to watch the entirety of a video before they can mark content as complete. It can be used for both lessons & topics, and works the same way for both. By default, the video will appear above your page content, but you can place it manually on the page using the [ld_video] shortcode.

This guide will walk you through the settings of video progression and explain how it works.

How to Enable It

  1. Navigate to a lesson or topic edit screen in the admin
  2. Video progression is found on the Settings tab, under Display & Content Options
  3. Toggle the switch to turn it on
  4. Configure your settings (which we’ll discuss below)

Supported Video Providers

The video progression feature supports the following video providers:

  • Vimeo (vimeo.com)
  • YouTube (youtu.be or youtube.com)
  • VooPlayer (vooplayer.com)
  • Amazon S3
  • Publition (publit.io)
  • Local videos (uploaded to the WordPress Media Library)

Video URL

Enter the URL of the video you’d like to use for video progression. The Video URL field accepts the following formats:

  • Video Watch URL
    ex: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcSTaMhZi64
    ex: https://vimeo.com/115119775
    ex: https://yoursite.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/video-name.mp4
  • <iframe> embed code
  •  or  shortcode

Display Timing

This setting determines when your video will be shown to the user, and how to handle sub-steps associated with the lesson/topic.

  • Before completed sub-steps (default)
    The video will be shown immediately, and must be fully watched before the user can access any of the lesson/topic’s associated sub-steps (topics and/or quizzes).
  • After completing sub-steps
    The video will initially be hidden. It will become visible after the user has completed the lesson/topic’s associated sub-steps (topics and/or quizzes). The entire video must be watched in order to complete the lesson/topic.

The next 3 options only appear if you’ve chosen “After completing sub-steps.”

Lesson/Topic Auto-completion

Enabling this option will automatically mark the lesson/topic complete once the user has watched the entire video.

Completion Delay

This refers to the delay (in seconds) between when the video is finished and when the lesson/topic is marked complete.

  • Default is no delay (0 seconds)

Mark Complete Button

By default, the “Mark Complete” button will be hidden, but this setting allows you to display it.

  • Simply enable this setting to show the “Mark Complete” button

Autostart

NOTE
It is possible for the user’s default browser settings to override this feature.

Enable this setting to have the video automatically start playing on page load.

Video Controls Display

NOTE
This feature is only available for YouTube & local videos.

By default, video controls are hidden from the user. Video controls include play, pause, volume, closed captions, and other settings found at the bottom of a video.

Enabling “Video Controls Display” will show all of these controls to the user, and allow them to have more control over the video.

Other Video Options

Because LearnDash is built on WordPress, there are other ways to display videos to your users. You don’t have to use video progression in order to use videos for your course. You won’t have all the same options as the video progression feature provides, but you can use any method you’d like, including:

  • embed any type of video anywhere within your lesson or topic page content
  • use H5P, Adobe Captivate or any other platform to create/embed video content

Lesson Display & Content Settings

The lesson content & display settings provide a way for you to use additional content on your lesson, as well as make it a little more interactive. You can include additional lesson materials, add some helpful logic to your video playback, allow users to upload assignments, and include a lesson timer.

Locating Lesson Display & Content Settings

  1. Navigate to LEARNDASH LMS > LESSONS
  2. Click on the lesson you want to edit
  3. Click on the Settings tab at the top of the page
  4. Locate the section titled “Display and Content Options”

Lesson Materials

Lesson materials are supplemental materials needed for the lesson. It is most common to include PDF files or other downloadable files in this area, but you can include anything you’d like (PDFs, images, downloadable audio files, links to other websites, etc.).

  1. Next to Lesson Materials, turn the setting on
  2. Add your materials in the box (HTML is supported)

Lesson materials are displayed to your users in a separate tab, alongside your main lesson content.


NOTE
Between video progression, assignment uploads & lesson timer, only one of the three can be enabled at a time. Enabling one of these options will make the other two inaccessible.

Video Progression

Video progression is a way to require users to watch the entirety of a video before they can complete the lesson. Please see our full guide on video progression.

Assignment Uploads

NOTE
Assignment uploads cannot be enabled if either video progression or lesson timer are enabled.

To allow users to upload assignments to the lesson, enable the Assignment Uploads option. You’ll be presented with a few additional options:

File extensions

You can specify exactly which file types may be uploaded.

  • Enter each allowed file type in the box (without the leading .)
  • Separate multiple file types with a comma
  • Leave blank to allow any file type to be uploaded

For example, enter the following to allow only Microsoft Word, Excel & PowerPoint files:

  • doc, docx, xls, xlsx, ppt, pptx

Here’s a list of common file extensions »

File size limit

You can specify the maximum file size allowed to be uploaded.

  • Enter a number, followed by M (for megabytes)

For example, to limit uploads to 5 megabytes, enter 5M.

Points

If you’d like to award points to a user when they submit an assignment:

  1. Next to Points, turn the setting on
  2. Enter the number of points to be awarded for a submitted assignment

Grading Type

There are two options for how assignments are graded:

  • Auto-approve (default)
    No grading or approval is needed. The assignment will be automatically approved & full points will be awarded.
  • Manually approve
    An admin or group leader must approve the assignment. The lesson cannot be completed until the assignment is approved.

If you choose to manually approve an assignment, you have additional options:

Limit number of uploaded assignments

Enter a number in the box to specify the maximum number of files a user can upload for this assignment.

  • Leave blank for unlimited (default)

Allow file deletion

Enable this option to allow the user to delete their own uploaded files. This is only possible up until the assignment has been approved.

Forced Lesson Timer

Enabling a forced lesson timer will require the user to spend a certain amount of time on the lesson page before they can mark it complete. The lesson cannot be completed until the set time has elapsed.

  1. Next to Forced Lesson Timer, turn the setting on
  2. Enter the time in the following format:
    • HH : MM : SS (hours : minutes : seconds)

The countdown timer will appear below the “Mark Complete” button.

Sample (Free) Lessons

The LearnDash sample lesson feature makes it possible for people to view some of your course content without having to enroll into the course. When a user clicks on a sample lesson they can view that content without needing to log into an account, or having to enroll into the course. You can have an unlimited number of sample lessons for your course. You can have sample lessons for both free and paid courses.

Sample Lesson Settings

The only requirement for using the sample lesson feature is that your course Access Mode is set to anything but “Open”. Then, designating a lesson as a sample lesson requires configuring just one setting.

  1. From the WordPress dashboard, navigate to LEARNDASH LMS > LESSONS
  2. Select the desired lesson and click Edit
  3. Click Settings
  4. Scroll down to Lesson Access Settings
  5. Toggle on the Sample Lesson option
  6. Click Update

The User Experience

When a visitor views the course content table, the sample lesson(s) will be indicated by a “Sample Lesson” label. When the lesson is clicked, visitors are immediately taken to the lesson content. It is not possible to mark a sample lesson as complete. To do so, a visitor will need to have an account and be enrolled into the course.

NOTE
If a sample lesson includes topics and/or quizzes, then those too are marked as samples and can be viewed.

Demo

The following is a demonstration of a sample lesson. In it you can see that the first lesson is the sample lesson. The other lessons are not accessible and therefore provide a tooltip indicating that enrollment is required.

FAQ

Can I mark a lesson as a sample but prevent access to the topics?
No. Topics associated with the lesson adopt the sample lesson parameter are visible as well.

Lesson Access Settings

Lesson access settings give you a few options for when you want your lessons to become available. You can also choose certain lessons to offer for free, as sample lessons. And perhaps most importantly, this is where you assign a lesson to a specific course. Let’s take a look at the options.

Locating Lesson Access Settings

  1. Navigate to LEARNDASH LMS > LESSONS
  2. Click on the lesson you want to edit
  3. Click on the Settings tab at the top of the page
  4. Locate the section titled “Lesson Access Settings”

Associated Course

In order for a lesson to show up within your course content, you need to associate it with a course. This setting is how you do that.

  • Next to Associated Course, click the dropdown menu, and choose the course to which this lesson belongs

Sample Lesson

You can turn any lesson into a sample lesson, which will make it available to all users, regardless of whether or not they’re enrolled in the course. This is a great way to showcase your teaching style, or entice someone to enroll in or purchase your course.

  • Next to Sample Lesson, turn the setting on

Here is what your visitors will see:

NOTE
See the Sample Lessons User Guide for more information and examples.

Lesson Schedule

The lesson schedule allows you to make a lesson available at a specific time. A lesson can become available immediately, or at some point in the future. You have the following options:

  • Immediately (default)
    The lesson is made available as soon as the user is enrolled in the course
  • Enrollment-based
    The lesson will be available X days after the user enrolls in the course
  • Specific date
    The lesson will be available on a specific date

Lesson vs. Topics

There are a lot of similarities between lessons & topics, but there are a few important distinctions. If you find yourself unsure about the difference between lessons vs. topics, let’s clear things up.

  • Lessons are listed above topics in the course hierarchy
    • You can have a course with only lessons, but you cannot have a course with only topics. Topics can only be added beneath lessons.
  • You can offer sample lessons, but not sample topics
  • You can only drip-feed & schedule lessons for a later date. There are no direct scheduling options for topics.
    • However, topics do inherit the schedule of their parent lesson. If a lesson is scheduled for January 1, 2020, all the associated topics will be released on January 1 as well.

Sections are very different from lessons & topics. To learn more, see our article explaining course sections.

Here’s a visual overview of lessons & topics compared.

Lessons Topics
Add Content
Text, images, video, links, PDFs, slides & more
Video Progression
Add Materials
Upload Assignments
Force Minimum Required Time
Sample Content
Schedule for Future Access
Topics inherit the parent lesson’s schedule

Enable Assignments

Assignments may be enabled for each individual lesson and/or topic within your course. They are completely optional, but provide an additional way to monitor the user’s comprehension of course material.

Since assignment uploads are enabled on a lesson-by-lesson and topic-by-topic basis, you first need to navigate to the lesson or topic in which you’d like to ask for an assignment to be submitted.

For the rest of this article, we’ll use a lesson as the example, but the same instructions apply for topics.

  1. Navigate to LEARNDASH LMS > LESSONS
  2. Click on the lesson you’d like to enable assignment uploads for
  3. Click the Settings tab
  4. Under Display & Content Options, enable the Assignment Uploads setting

NOTE
Assignment uploads can only be enabled if both video progression and lesson timer are disabled.

What the User Sees

When you enable assignment uploads, a new box will appear at the bottom of the lesson page, below any page content you’ve added. This way you can include specific instructions for the assignment, and explain any requirements you have, before the user is presented with the upload form.

The assignments section of the page will contain:

  • an upload form (browse for a file on their device & upload it)
  • a list of all uploaded assignments
  • the assignment’s status (approved or not)
  • the points awarded for each assignment (optional; shown if enabled)
  • the ability to download previously uploaded assignments
  • the ability to upload additional assignments (only up to the number you specify)
  • the ability to delete assignments (only if they have not been approved yet)

Additional Settings

File extensions

You can specify exactly which file types may be uploaded.

If you leave this field blank, all default WordPress allowed file types will be accepted. To allow only certain file types:

  • Enter each allowed file type in the box (without the leading .)
  • Separate multiple file types with a comma
  • Capitalization doesn’t affect the files allowed to be uploaded, but capitalization is reflected to the user on the front-end

Your specified file type(s) will be listed to the user in the assignment upload area.

For example, enter the following to allow only Microsoft Word, Excel & PowerPoint files:

  • doc, docx, xls, xlsx, ppt, pptx

Here’s a list of common file extensions »

File size limit

In addition to the type of file, you can also specify the maximum file size allowed to be uploaded.

  • Enter a number, followed by M (for megabytes)

For example, to limit uploads to 5 megabytes, enter 5M.

Your specified file size limit will be displayed to the user in the assignment upload area.

NOTE
Your web host also sets a maximum file size limit. The lower limit will always be used. If you’re having trouble receiving assignment uploads, you can contact your host and ask them to increase your maximum file upload size.

Points

Points are an optional way to grade, or gamify, your assignments. You can set the total available points a user can receive, and then choose to either:

  • manually approve the assignment and enter a specific amount of points, or
  • automatically approve the assignment as soon as it’s uploaded, and award the total available points

If you’d like to award points to a user when they submit an assignment:

  1. Next to Points, turn the setting on
  2. Enter the total number of possible points that can be earned for a submitted assignment

Grading Type

There are two options for how assignments are graded:

  • Auto-approve (default)
    No grading or approval is needed. The assignment will be automatically approved & full points will be awarded.
  • Manually approve
    An admin or group leader must approve the assignment. The lesson cannot be completed until the assignment is approved.

If you choose to manually approve an assignment, you have additional options:

Limit number of uploaded assignments

By default, a user can upload an unlimited number of files. Enter a number in the box to specify the maximum number of files a user can upload for this assignment.

  • Leave blank for unlimited (default)

Once this limit is reached, the upload form will be removed and the user cannot upload any more files.

Allow file deletion

Enable this option to allow the user to delete their own uploaded files. The user will be presented with a delete icon next to the assignment.

  • This is only possible up until the assignment has been approved
  • Clicking that icon will instantly & permanently delete the file

Award/ Adjust Points

If you’ve enabled points for an assignment upload, you can adjust them at any time.

From the “All Assignments” screen:

You can only adjust points on this screen if the assignment has not been approved yet.

  1. In the Points column, enter the number of points you’d like to award
  2. In the Status column, click the Approve button

If the assignment has already been approved, you can adjust points from the individual assignment page.

  1. Click on the assignment you’d like to adjust points for
  2. Scroll down to the Assignments box
  3. Next to Points, enter the points you’d like to award
  4. Click the Update & Approve button

NOTE
Adjusting points is always available, even after you’ve approved an assignment. There is no limit to the amount of times you can adjust the points.

What the User Sees

When viewing a lesson or topic to which they’ve uploaded an assignment, the user will see how many points were awarded for each assignment.

Approve Assignments

WARNING
Once you’ve approved an assignment, you cannot unapprove it.

You can approve an assignment from the All Assignments screen, or on any individual assignment.

From the “All Assignments” screen:

  1. Under the Status column, simply click the Approve button

When viewing an individual assignment:

  1. Scroll down to the Assignments box
  2. Next to Points, click the Update & Approve button
    (adjust the points first, if necessary)

What the User Sees

When assignments are pending approval, the user will see a note explaining that they have assignments awaiting approval.

Download Assignments

There are two ways to download a user’s assignment.

From the “All Assignments” screen (easiest):

  1. Hover over the row that contains the assignment you want to download
  2. Click the Download link

From the single assignment view:

  1. From the All Assignments screen, click on an assignment to edit it
  2. Locate the box titled Assignments
  3. At the bottom, next to Actions, click the Download button

Viewing Assignments

Where to Find Them

  1. Navigate to LEARNDASH LMS > ASSIGNMENTS
  2. You’ll immediately land on the All Assignments screen, where you can see all uploaded assignments

A few things to keep in mind when viewing assignments.

  • By default, you’ll see a maximum of 20 assignments per page
  • Assignments are sorted in reverse chronological order (most recently uploaded assignment appears first, at the top)
  • Use the navigation arrows at the top & bottom of the table to locate the rest of your assignments (if you have more than 20)

Assignments Per Page

If you’d like to view more than 20 assignments at a time:

  • Click the Screen Options tab at the top of the page
  • In the “Number of items per page” box, enter your desired number of assignments
  • Click the Apply button

NOTE
The higher the number you set, the longer it will take this admin page to load. In most cases, we don’t recommend you go much higher than 100 per page.

Filter Assignments

If you have hundreds or thousands of assignments, viewing all assignments on one page based on when they were uploaded might not be the most helpful. You can filter assignments based on the following criteria:

  • Date uploaded
  • Course uploaded to
  • Lesson uploaded to
  • Approval status

To filter assignments:

  1. Locate the filter bar near the top of the screen
  2. Click the dropdown menu for the criteria you want to filter by
  3. Choose a date, course, lesson or approval status
  4. Click the Filter button

You can use multiple filters at once. For example, you can filter by assignments uploaded in March 2019, to Course A, which are Not Approved.

Search Assignments

Another way to locate a specific assignment is to search for it.

  • You can only search the Title column, which is equal to the file name. You cannot search by author or user’s name.
  • If you plan to utilize the search feature while managing assignments, you might want to ask your users to name their file in a specific way so they are easier for you to find.

If you allow multiple file types to be uploaded, you can use the file extension to find all assignments of the same file type. For example:

  • Search pdf to find all PDF files
  • Search mp3 to find all mp3 audio files

Setting Course Progression

Course progression refers to how a user can navigate through your course. There are two main options, which we’ll explain below.

Locating Course Progression Settings

  1. Navigate to LEARNDASH LMS > COURSES
  2. Click on the course you want to edit
  3. Click on the Settings tab at the top of the page
  4. Locate the section titled “Course Navigation Settings”

Linear vs. Free form

As the course creator, it’s up to you how you want to let your users navigate through your course. You have two options:

  • Linear (default)
    Requires the user to progress through course steps in the order in which you’ve laid them out. They cannot jump around and skip lessons, topics or quizzes. Ex: A user must finish the first lesson before they can take the second one.
  • Free form
    Allows the user to move freely through the course without following the course steps in any particular order. Ex: A user may take the tenth lesson before completing the first one.

Course Display & Content Settings

Each course can have its own set of display options. In this article, we’ll cover how each display setting affects your course, and how you might want to adjust each setting to fit your particular needs.

Locating Course Display Settings

  1. Navigate to LEARNDASH LMS > COURSES
  2. Click on the course you want to edit
  3. Click on the Settings tab at the top of the page
  4. Locate the section titled “Display & Content Options”

Course Materials

Course materials are supplemental materials needed for your course. It is most common to include PDF files or other downloadable files in this area, but you can include anything you’d like (PDFs, images, downloadable audio files, links to other websites, etc.).

  1. Next to Course Materials, toggle the switch on
  2. Add your materials in the box (HTML is supported)

Course materials are displayed to your users in a separate tab, alongside your main course content.

NOTE
Course materials are shown to all users (even those not enrolled in the course).

Course Certificate

You may want to provide a certificate to users who complete a course. There are a few things to keep in mind:

  • You need to create a certificate first, before it will appear in this list.
  • The certificate will become available after the user has completed all steps (lessons, topics & quizzes) associated with the course.
  • Once available, a button will appear on the course page for the user to download their certificate.

Simply select the certificate that you’d like to associate with this course.

Here’s how it will look to the user:

NOTE
Certificates may also be associated with quizzes.

Learn how to create a certificate »

Course Content

The course content setting determines who can see the list of lessons, topics & quizzes that make up your course.

This does not affect the content that you add to the WordPress editor on the course page. That content will be displayed to everyone.

  • Always visible (default)
    Display list to everyone, whether or not they are enrolled in the course.
  • Only visible to enrollees
    Only display the list to users enrolled in the course.

NOTE
If you choose Always visible, and a non-enrolled user tries to access a lesson, topic or quiz, they will not be able to click on it, and will see a message that says, “You don’t currently have access to this content.”

Custom Pagination

Pagination refers to the number of course steps that are displayed at one time, before the user has to use small navigation buttons to navigate to subsequent pages to access additional course steps. By default, LearnDash will use your settings from the general settings page, but you may choose to customize this on a course-by-course basis.

  1. Toggle the Custom Pagination setting on
  2. Enter a number for lessons per page
  3. Enter a number for topics per page

NOTE
This setting applies to both the course content table (displayed on the course page), as well as the course navigation widget for this course.

Custom Lesson Order

In the event that you choose to turn off the course builder, you can use custom lesson order to determine the order in which your lessons are displayed. The course builder will always take precedence over these settings.

  1. Toggle the Custom Lesson Order setting on
  2. Choose a Sort By option
    • Date (default)
    • Title
    • Menu Order
  3. Choose an Order Direction
    • Descending (default)
    • Ascending

Making Your Course Private

There are plenty of reasons why we need to make the course hidden in public. One of this is ensuring that your course content was properly set before publishing it to the public. Here are the steps to do it.

  1. Add or Edit an existing course.
  2. In the right area, navigate to “Document” tab. If you cannot see the tab, click the “Settings” icon in the sidebar.
  3. Under the “Status & Visibility” box, change Visibility to Private or Password Protected.

Private vs. Password Protected

Private. This setting will allow administrators and editors to view and access the course. If you are creating a test course, it would be best to set the course to Private.

Password Protected. This setting will add a password protection to your course. Only those who has the password can view your course.

What are Course Sections?

Course sections provide an additional way to organize your content. You can still structure your course into lessons and/or topics, but now you can add optional sections as well.

What Are Course Sections?

Sections are simple, text-only headings that can be used to break your course content into… sections. They can only be added at the top-level within a course. In other words, sections must be placed before (and outside of) lessons.

✅ Course → Section → Lesson → Topic
❌ Course → Lesson → Section → Topic

Other important notes regarding sections:

  • Sections are text-only headings. They do not directly contain content. All content is still placed within lessons and/or topics.
  • There is no limit to the number of sections you use.
  • Sections are unique to every course. They cannot be shared across multiple courses.

Example

It might be helpful to look at a few situations where you might want to use a course section. Here are a few examples:

  • Your course only consists of lessons (you’re not using topics at all)
  • You have 40 total lessons
  • Those 40 lessons discuss 4 main themes, each theme consisting of 10 lessons

In this example, you might want to use a section before each group of 10 lessons that relate to a particular theme. Your setup might look like this:

Theme 1 (section)

  • Lesson 1
  • Lesson 10

Theme 2 (section)

  • Lesson 1
  • Lesson 10

… and so on.

How to Use Sections

Add New Section

Before adding a section, you can click on an existing lesson to select it (it will be outlined in blue). Now, when you add a new section heading, it will be placed immediately after the lesson you have selected.

Within the course builder (below any lessons or topics you have already added):

  1. Click the + New Section Heading link
  2. Type the name of your heading
  3. Hit Enter, or click the Add Section Heading button

Move Sections

To drag & drop a heading:

  1. Immediately preceding the section heading, look for an icon with 6 dots
  2. Hover over that icon
  3. Click and hold down your mouse
  4. Drag the section to its new location
  5. Release your mouse

To move a section up or down one level at a time:

  1. Locate the up and down arrows immediately preceding the section heading
  2. Click either arrow to move the section in your desired direction

Remove Sections

To remove a section:

  1. Hover over the section you’d like to remove
  2. Click the red Remove link

Adding Content to Your Course

There are multiple ways to add content with the course builder. How you go about adding your content will depend on a few things:

  • what type of content you’re adding
  • personal preference

Section Headings

Section heading provide a simple way to break your course into sections. They don’t contain any actual content, and are simply a text-only heading that can be placed between any two lessons. They work in a similar fashion to chapters in a book.

  1. Click on the lesson before where you want the section heading to appear
  2. Click the “New Section Heading” link
  3. Type your heading
  4. Hit ENTER, or click the “Add Section Heading” button

To edit a section heading…

  1. Click on its title
  2. Make your edits
  3. Press ENTER or click the “Save” button

To remove a section heading…

  1. Hover over the section heading
  2. Click the red “Remove” link

For the remainder of the content we’re going to discuss (lessons, topics & quizzes), you have two options:

  • create them first, one at a time, and then use the course builder to add them to your course, -or-
  • create them with the course builder, organize them within the course however you’d like, and then go back later to add content to them

This depends on your own personal preference and how you’ve chosen to develop your course content.

Lessons

Aside from section headings, lessons will likely be the first type of content you’ll want to add to your course. You can create brand new lessons directly from the course builder, or add existing lessons that you’ve already created. Let’s take a look at each.

Create New Lessons

  1. Click the “New Lesson” link
  2. Type the name of your lesson
  3. Press ENTER, or click the “Add Lesson” button

Add Existing Lessons

Your existing lessons can be found in the “Lessons” box in the sidebar. By default, your most recent lessons are shown, but you can click “View all” to see all lessons, or use the search box to find a specific lesson by title.

IMPORTANT
Shared Course Steps must be enabled or existing lessons, topics, and quizzes will not be available for selection.

NOTE
If you don’t see the lessons box depicted below, click the settings cog icon icon to display the sidebar.

There are multiple ways to add existing lessons.

Add a single lesson: Hover over a lesson in the lesson box and click the “Add” button. This will add the lesson to the end of your course.

Add multiple lessons: Select the checkbox next to multiple lessons, and then click the “Add Selected” button. This will add all selected lessons to the end of your course.

Drag & drop: If you’d like to add lessons in a particular spot within your course, you can click & hold down your mouse, drag the lesson to the course builder in the spot you want it, and then release. This will place the lesson in your specified location within the course.

Edit a Lesson Title

  1. Click on the title of the lesson
  2. Make your edits
  3. Hit ENTER or click the “Save” button

Edit a Lesson’s Content

If you’d like to edit the content within a lesson, you can click the blue “Edit” link that appears when you hover over a lesson.

NOTE
This will open the “Edit Lesson” page in the same window. Be sure to save any edits to your course first.

Remove a Lesson

Hover over the lesson you’d like to remove from the course, and click the red “Remove” link.

Topics

Topics are completely optional, but are great for breaking up content within a lesson. A course must contain at least one lesson in order to add a topic. Let’s walk through how to create new topics, as well as add existing ones, with the course builder.

Create New Topics

  1. Make sure your course has at least one lesson. Follow the instructions above to add your first lesson.
  2. You need to expand the lesson by either clicking “Expand all” at the top of the builder, or click the down arrow to the right of the lesson
  3. Click the “New Topic” link
  4. Type the name of your topic
  5. Hit ENTER, or click the “Add Topic” button

Add Existing Topics

Your existing topics can be found in the “Topics” box next to the course builder. By default, your most recent topics are shown, but you can click “View all” to see all topics, or use the search box to find a specific topic by title.

There are multiple ways to add existing topics.

NOTE
Before adding topics, you should click on the lesson where you want to insert a topic. This will select the lesson, highlighting it with a grey background & blue border.

Add a single topic: Hover over a topic in the topic box and click the “Add” button. This will add the topic to the end of whichever lesson you currently have selected.

Add multiple topics: Select the checkbox next to multiple topics, and then click the “Add Selected” button. This will add all selected topics to the end of your currently selected lesson.

Drag & drop: If you’d like to add topics in a particular spot within your course, you can click & hold down your mouse, drag the topic to the course builder in the spot you want it, and then release. This will place the topic in your specified location within the course.

Edit a Topic’s Title

  1. Click on the title of the topic
  2. Make your edits
  3. Hit ENTER or click the “Save” button

Edit a Topic’s Content

If you’d like to edit the content within a topic, you can click the blue “Edit” link that appears when you hover over a topic.

NOTE
You can open this link in a new tab so you can easily return to the course builder without losing your place.

Remove a Topic

Hover over the topic you’d like to remove, and click the red “Remove” link.

Quizzes

Quizzes can be added to lessons & topics, or as a final quiz to the course itself. Any combination of these will work. You can create new quizzes directly from the course builder, or pull in existing quizzes you’ve already created.

Course quizzes are located at the bottom of the course builder, under the “FINAL QUIZZES” heading. Lesson & topic quizzes can be found within the lesson/topic that they belong to.

Create New Quizzes

  1. Navigate to the lesson/topic where you want to add a quiz (or simply scroll to the “FINAL QUIZZES” section at the bottom)
  2. Click the “New Quiz” link
  3. Type the name of your quiz
  4. Hit ENTER, or click the “Add Quiz” button

Add Existing Quizzes

IMPORTANT
Shared Course Steps must be enabled or existing lessons, topics, and quizzes will not be available for selection.

Your existing quizzes can be found in the “Quizzes” box in the sidebar. By default, your most recent quizzes are shown, but you can click “View all” to see all quizzes, or use the search box to find a specific quiz by title.

There are multiple ways to add existing quizzes.

Add a single quiz: Hover over a quiz in the quiz box and click the “Add” button.

Add multiple quizzes: Select the checkbox next to multiple quizzes, and then click the “Add Selected” button.

Drag & drop: If you’d like to add quizzes in a particular spot within your course, you can click & hold down your mouse, drag the quiz to the course builder in the spot you want it, and then release. This will place the quiz in your desired location within the course.

Edit a Quiz Title

  1. Click on the title of the quiz
  2. Make your edits
  3. Hit ENTER or click the “Save” button

Edit Quiz Settings & Questions

If you’d like to edit the quiz settings and/or quiz questions, click the blue “Edit” link that appears when you hover over a quiz.

NOTE
You can open this link in a new tab so you can easily return to the course builder without losing your place.

Remove a Quiz

Hover over the quiz you’d like to remove, and click the red “Remove” link.

Rearrange Course Content

In addition to adding content, you can also use the course builder to rearrange lessons, topics & quizzes. There are two ways to move content around.

Drag & drop

Immediately before each section heading, lesson, topic & quiz, you’ll find an icon with 6 dots. When you hover over this icon, your cursor will turn into a hand. This means you can click, hold down, and drag that piece of content to another place within your course.

“Move” Arrows

Also located before each section heading & lesson, you’ll find up and down arrows above and below the drag & drop icon. Clicking these arrows will move the content either up or down.

NOTE
At this time, the move arrows are only available for section headings & lessons, not topics or quizzes.

Using Course Builder

The course builder provides an easy, intuitive way to build out your courses. You can add new sectionslessonstopics & quizzes without ever leaving the page. This article explains how to use every aspect of the course builder to make creating & editing courses a breeze.

Accessing Course Builder

There are a few ways you can access the course builder. If you’ve already created a course:

  1. Navigate to LEARNDASH LMS > COURSES
  2. Hover over an existing course
  3. Click the “Builder” link

Alternatively, you can click on the course title or “Edit” link to bring up the “Edit Course” page. Once there, click the “Builder” tab in the top navigation bar.

Course Builder Overview

At the top of the course builder, you’ll see:

  • The total number of steps in the course
    • This is comprised of all lessons, topics & quizzes that have been assigned to the course
  • An “Undo” link, after you’ve made your first edit
  • A link to “Expand All” or “Collapse All” course steps
    • This makes it easier to see all steps at once, and more quickly rearrange, add or remove course steps

Immediately following this, you’ll see all of your course content. This is where you’ll spend the majority of your time building out your course.

Creating Your First Course

1. Login and go to INSTRUCTOR DASHBOARD

2. Navigate to LEARNDASH LMS > COURSES

3. Click the “Add New” button at the top of the page

4. Add to your course such as course title, content, course category, materials, access settings, certificate and etc. To add lessons, topics, quizzes and assignments to your course, click “Builder” tab in the top navigation bar and follow instructions on this link.

5. Publish your course by clicking the “Publish” button.

Certificate Shortcodes

Certificate shortcodes are exclusively for creating certificates. They allow you to display dynamic information about the user, as well as the course or quiz that you’re awarding the certificate for. You can insert the user’s name, course title, date of completion, quiz grade and much more.

There are 4 main shortcodes, and then each shortcode has a handful of parameters to output various information.

  •  displays user info
  •  displays course info (only works with certificates assigned to a course)
  •  displays quiz info (only works with certificates assigned to a quiz)
  •  displays group info (only works with certificates assigned to a group)

The  shortcode has a handful of options to display user information. Let’s take a look at each one.

  •  – Displays a user’s first name
  •  – Displays a user’s last name
  •  – Displays a user’s full display name, which is often a combination of {first_name} and {last_name}.
  •  – Displays a user’s username
  •  – Displays a user’s nickname (might not be captured upon user signup)
  •  – Displays a user’s email address
  •  – Displays a user’s website address (likely not captured upon user signup)
  •  – Displays a user’s bio (likely not captured upon user signup)

The most common  shortcodes you’ll use are  and , as almost all certificates should include the student’s name.

NOTE
Not all of these values are collected when a student registers for or purchases a course. Different registration methods collect different info. Check with your ecommerce or checkout solution to see which fields are collected upon signup. You can also check this yourself by going to USERS > ALL USERS, and clicking on a user to edit their profile.

The  shortcode should only be used for certificates assigned to a course. Let’s quickly define a few terms:

  • aggregate refers to the sum of all quizzes assigned to the course
  • cumulative refers to the average of all quizzes assigned to the course

Here are all the possible values:

  •  – Displays the course title
  •  – Displays the course price (only for one-time payment courses)
  •  – Displays the Access Mode for the given course
  •  – Displays the course URL
  •  – Displays the total available points for the course
  •  – Displays the amount of points the user earned for the course
  •  – Displays the course enrollment date (this does not apply to OPEN courses)
  •  – Displays the date the course was completed
  •  – Displays the total time spent on a course
  •  – Displays the average score for all graded parts of the course
  •  – Displays the average points earned
  •  – Displays the average points earned
  •  – Displays the average percentage of all quizzes taken in the course
  •  – Displays the average time spent on each part of the course
  •  – Displays the final score received for the course
  •  – Displays the total points earned for the course
  •  – Displays the total points earned for the course
  •  – Displays the total percentage score for all quizzes taken as part of the course
  •  – Displays the total time spent on quizzes for the course as a whole

When using the completed_on parameter, you can also customize the date format. (See available date formats)

[courseinfo show="completed_on" format="F j, Y"]

The  shortcode should only be used for certificates assigned to a quiz. They will not work if used for a certificate assigned to a course.

Here’s a list of all available options to output quiz information on a quiz certificate:

  •  –  Displays the score received for that quiz
  •  – Displays the number of questions within the quiz
  •  – Displays the score required in order to pass the quiz
  •  – Displays the day/time when the quiz was completed
  •  – Displays the points received by the user on the quiz
  •  – Displays the total possible points that can be received for a given attempt
  •  – Displays the percentage grade received by the user on the quiz
  •  – Displays the name of the quiz
  •  – Displays the name of the course that the quiz is associated with
  •  – Displays the time spent taking the quiz

Again, you can customize the date format when using the timestamp option.

[quizinfo show="timestamp" format="F j, Y"]

The  shortcode should only be used for certificates assigned to a group. They will not work if used for a certificate assigned to a course or a quiz.

Here’s a list of all available options to output quiz information on a group certificate:

  •  – Displays the group’s title
  •  – Displays the group’s URL
  •  – Displays the group’s Access Mode
  •  – Displays the group’s price
  •  – Displays the number of group enrollees
  •  – Displays the number of courses in the group
  •  – Displays the group progress status of the user
  •  – Displays the date the user enrolled into the group
  •  – Displays the date the user completed all courses assigned to the group
  •  – Displays the score achieved in the group’s courses

Again, you can customize the date format when using the timestamp option.

[groupinfo show="timestamp" format="F j, Y"]

Previewing Certificates

Before applying your certificate to a course or quiz, you’ll want to preview it so you can see how it looks. You can create a quick test quiz that is only used for previewing your certificate.

  1. Create your certificate, and make sure you Publish it
  2. Then, navigate to LEARNDASH LMS > QUIZZES
  3. Click Add New to create a new quiz
  4. Give the quiz a title
  5. On the Settings tab, next to Quiz Certificate, choose the certificate that you want to preview
  6. Add a single choice question to the quiz, with an obvious correct answer
  7. Publish the quiz
  8. Open the quiz in a new tab
  9. Choose the correct answer, and click Finish Quiz
  10. Click the Print Your Certificate button

Alternatively, you could create a test course with only one lesson. Then you’d mark that lesson complete, and you’d be able to view your certificate that way.

This will open your certificate in a new tab so you can preview it. Keep this tab open, and each time you make a change to your certificate in the backend, simply refresh this page and the updated version of your certificate will be loaded.

NOTE
Don’t forget to delete this quiz (or course) when you’re finished testing your certificate.

A Recipe for Focus and Concentration

Have you ever been frustrated that you can’t seem to finish that paper that you’ve been writing for so long? Or maybe you’ve been falling behind on deadlines recently?

In the digital world, perhaps one of the greatest features ever created (aside from ‘undo’) is the ability to leave multiple tabs open. This function makes it easier to copy and paste those Wikipedia one liners on your research papers and submit it as your homework – kidding.

However, great as multiple tabs may seem, keeping multiple tabs open might be the one hindering you from meeting your deadlines.

A problem of focus.

In a study conducted by Bryan College, an average millennial switch attention from platforms 27 times PER HOUR – that’s like a little more than 2 minutes per platform.

Studies suggest that multitasking makes your productivity drop by as much as 40%. This doesn’t only go for writing your research paper, but also for studying. Imagine scoring 60/100 on the exam you’re cramming for. Yikes.

Now, you might be saying: “but I’m able to do multi-tasking so well”. According to the national geographic documentary “brain games” only 2% of the population can do multi-tasking well. Either way, it’s still a good thing to focus on one single task.

With the changing times and evolving technology, how can you achieve focus?

Well, lucky for you my friend, we have a recipe for that – yes you read it right – a recipe.

  • What you’ll need:
    • A headset
    • The material you are going to write/study
    • An extra pen and a pad of paper
    • You’re smartphone
    • BONUS: prepare a playlist
  • Here’s what you’ll do:
    1. List everything that you’ll do/study and put them in order.
      • Ex. 1) study quantum physics 2) cry 3) Feed cat 4) study quantum physics without crying. 5) cry.
    2. Turn off all your notifications and leave only your music as your only source of audio.
    3. Remove all distractions: social media, gaming app, picture of your ex, fidget spinners, that bottle of beer – anything that will cause distraction.
    4. Optional or only if someone loves you: Text your clingy boyfriend/girlfriend/mom that you’ll be studying, and you’ll update them every 20 minutes (I’ll explain later why 20 minutes).
    5. Go to your music streaming app and search for “background music” and choose whatever it is you like. Remember, don’t choose anything with lyrics. (later we’ll also explain why) Also, yes, budots is acceptable.
    6. Set a countdown or an alarm for 20 minutes.
    7. Whenever you’re ready, put on your headset. Start that timer and start your task
    8. When the 20 minutes is up, take a break, rest for 5 to 10 minutes then repeat.

Okay so I’ve listed some FAQs on the method above and explained why we recommend the steps above.

  1. Why 20 minutes?
    • This is actually from a technique called “Pomodoro” (you can google it). It basically states to set a certain time to do something then rest and then repeat – so it’ doesn’t necessarily have to be 20 minutes, however..
    • Based on studies, 20 minutes is where your focus peaks, after 20 minutes your focus drops gradually. This is the best time to rest, review and after some time – repeat.
    • Some people who have built their focus can go for 40 minutes non-stop. You can train your brain to do this.
  2. Why can’t I choose my favorite KPOP song or anything with lyrics?
    • Based on studies, lyrics or words in songs can distract you even if you don’t memorize them or you are not familiar with the words.
    • Words can catch your attention and put pictures in your mind. We don’t want you answering “let’s kill this love” in one of your test questions now, would we?
  3. You said to prepare an extra pen and paper? What was that for?
    • Okay, so nobody’s perfect, there will come a time that you may be distracted or might an “aha” moment for something not related in what you’re doing.
    • For example, you might suddenly remember that your crush gave you her Instagram account – don’t stop what you’re doing to follow her, write it down and once your 20 minutes is up you can do it by then.

BONUS TIP: there is an app on playstore (yes, playstore because we’re not RKs who can buy apple) called “tide” – no, not the detergent. Yes, it’s an app.

What it does is it blocks your notification for a given amount of time (based on what you set) and then it can play any background music of your choice (it can be birds, the sound of the forest, the busy café etc). Try it out. PS: this is not a sponsored content (I wish)

We hoped you learned a thing or two from this. If you haven’t let us know why, if you have but you still have questions, don’t hesitate to ask us.

One final tip: if you are looking to make yourself #SignificantlyBetter, there are a bunch of trainings and learnings that we definitely recommend for you to check out – links are below. 😊


Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Online Training and Certification: https://asklexph.com/online-lean-six-sigma-yellow-belt-certification/

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Online Training and Certification: https://asklexph.com/online-lean-six-sigma-green-belt-certification/

Certified Data Analyst Online Training and Certification: https://asklexph.com/alpha-certified-data-analyst/

Source

Meyer, D. E. & Kieras, D. E. (1997a). A computational theory of executive cognitive processes and multiple-task performance: Part 1. Basic mechanisms. Psychological Review, 104, 3-65.

Meyer, D. E. & Kieras, D. E. (1997b). A computational theory of executive cognitive processes and multiple-task performance: Part 2. Accounts of psychological refractory-period phenomena. Psychological Review, 104, 749-791.

Holub, Isaac, (2011). National Geographic Channel, Brain Games Season 1 Episode: Pay Attention, 20:15 – 20:30

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5 Ways to Improve You Active Listening Skills

by Rye Cruz

You might have heard of active listening before. It’s something we often get confused with passive, silent listening. Active listening, in fact, means taking part in the conversation and working on the rapport between you and who you are talking with.

Here are some 5 simple ways to help you increase your active listening skills.   

About the Author

Rye Cruz is an international learning consultant & coach to a multinational company covering Asian countries such as Vietnam, Malaysia, China, Singapore, Brunei & Philippines. He has garnered solid experience, academic background & proven track record in providing effective learning, organizational development, coaching and mentoring work in both capacity as an internal and external consultant. He is currently certified and affiliated with successful people development organizations such as Development Dimensions International, Gallup, International Coaching Federation, Achology, ABNLP, Belbin, MBTI and Toastmasters International. He is also an Amazon ebook author of “The Power of Teams”. You can visit his website at www.lifecoachryecruz.com

Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification | January 2020 at St. Giles Makati

Makati | 41 Internationally Certified Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt has completed the rigorous process of 8 hours e-learning module + 8 hours actual workshop + 50 items multiple choice examination facilitated by Ask Lex PH Academy (ALPHA) in accordance to the Council for Six Sigma Certifications (CSSC) last January 25, 2020 at St. Giles Makati.

Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification Class 1 facilitated by Engr. Glenn B. Ponce
Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification Class 2 by Engr. Joshua IL. Palisoc

List of Certified Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Professionals

Mr. Kent Justine J. Eva, CLSSYB and Ms. Winoma May N. Lajato, CLSSYB topped the class with a rating of 90% and were declared Wave Valedictorian for each of their classes.

Mr. Kent Justine J. Eva, CLSSYB receiving his token for being one of the Wave Valedictorians
Ms. Winoma May N. Lajato, CLSSYB receiving his token for being one of the Wave Valedictorians
Best Performing Group for Class 1 receiving their token
Best Performing Group for Class 2 receiving their token

Congratulations everyone and continue to be #significantlybetter.

Thinking Outside the Box…….plot!

Most of us usually rely on the use of summary statistics (mean aka average) on analyzing and reporting the results of our performance and/or analysis. I might say that I have been trapped in this convention for quite a long time too. However, using this conventional way takes away insights that are significantly useful in our analysis and decision making. This is one realization I had when I used a boxplot for a report I did few weeks ago.

Illustrating some actual scenario

Let’s take an example. Say, I pulled out the data of the line output of HGA Assembly and take the average to represent the daily performance. Calculated average is 29.4KHGA and comparing it with the target of 31KHGA, I will conclude that we have a problem on not meeting the requirement. However, plotting the same data set using a boxplot might give us another perspective. Let’s set this aside and review some basic concepts about box plot before we proceed.

What does a box plot looks like?

The figure below shows the anatomy of a boxplot. This graphical technique is based on the principle of quartiles. A quartile divides your whole data set into four equal parts (1st to 4th quartile). In case you missed this one during your Six Sigma class, the second quartile is also our median and serves as the basis of the central tendency for a boxplot. By having a value of median, it tells us that half of the data points fall below that value and the other half above that value. The same logic applies for the rest of the quartiles.

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The IQR (inter quartile range) is the measure of dispersion for a boxplot and is also used to determine the end points of the whiskers (upper and lower). The upper and lower whiskers are determined by adding 1.5 of the height of the IQR to Q3 and Q1, respectively. Any point that falls outside these whiskers are considered to be outliers.

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How to think outside the boxplot?

One good thing about the boxplot is that it gives us a quick snapshot of the distribution of our data and in a glance can provide us insights about our data’s central tendency and dispersion. (See how good this tool is. )

Fundamentally, boxplot is used for two most common reasons.

  1. See the distribution of a data set for baselining and/or target setting
  2. Compare the distribution of data sets across a given category

Let’s apply #1 and create a boxplot to the HGA Assembly line output data we are talking about earlier. Just to recall, average line output is 29.5KHA.

Using the generated boxplot above, we can get more insights compared to using a summary statistic (mean). Q1 is at 29.1KHGA which means that around three-fourths of the plotted data points are already meeting the required target. Our Q3 is at 31.3KHGA which means that one-fourth of the data points are already demonstrating the 31KHA line target. We can also see several outliers extending up until ~21KHGA region. By looking at the mean alone, we will not have a grasp of this information. By having a boxplot like this, we are getting information about the variation within a group.

Now, say we are asked if how ready are we with the 31KHGA requirement, we cannot answer readily with some summary statistic and we need to consult the distribution of the data set. With the boxplot result, the insight can be taken and used to baseline, i.e., one-fourth of the data points already hitting the target, thus, the 31KHGA target is feasible.

Let’s apply #2 to the same data set but this time looking on a daily basis.

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Looking at the boxplot above, we can see that the line output varies from day-to-day. Outliers are present daily and could trigger questions like:

What causes the variation seen in a daily basis?

Are the outliers from the same line?

What are the conditions that are present/existing when the line achieved the target output?

By answering the above questions, we can understand the variation between groups and take actions to reduce it and optimize performance.

Wrapping it up

Context is everything especially in statistics or data analysis. Boxplots can be useful in understanding our data in terms of the central tendency and spread. Its applications will vary depending on our creativity to do so. It will not be the graphical tool for all our requirements so I guess the wisdom is when to use this tool. Happy “Thinking Outside the Box……plot!”

Introduction to Statistical Process Control A Problem Solving Process Approach

Description

This eBook covers the introduction to quality, an introduction of the seven (7) basic Statistical Process Control (SPC) Tools, the presentation of the Problem Solving Process (PSP) and how can be SPC Tools be used in lieu with the PSP. If the acquired knowledge from this eBook is applied, improvements can be achieved by an organization.

About the Author

Felix C. Veroya is a knowledge sharing advocate who believes that continuous learning and education is the key to a person’s success. He is from the Philippines and acquired his Degree in BS Industrial Engineering from Batangas State University, 2011. He garnered several awards from his college stint which includes being the 1st Cum Laude of the IE Program in its 17 years of existence, Academic Excellence Award for Industrial Engineering, Most Outstanding Alumnus, Top 8 on the Ten Outstanding Students Award of the University and one of the Most Outstanding Scholar of the Province.

Content

  1. Introduction 
    1. Quality is the Responsibility of Everyone 
    2. Costs as a Function of Quality 
  2. The 7 Basic Statistical Process Control Tools 
    1. Histogram 
    2. Check Sheets 
    3. Pareto Chart 
    4. Cause and Effect Diagram 
    5. Flow Chart 
    6. Scatter Diagram 
    7. Control Charts 
  3. Problem Solving Process 
    1. What is Problem Solving? 
    2. Why Use Problem Solving? 
    3. What is the Preferred Approach? 
    4. What is the Problem-Solving Process? 
    5. What is the Relation of PDCA to Problem Solving Process? 
    6. When and What Tools to be Used? 

Link to download: http://bookboon.com/en/introduction-to-statistical-process-control-ebook