In this text we will go over all available options when creating Courses. In order to create a course, first you need to activate the LMS plugin. For all course features to work you also need to activate the WooCommerce Checkout Integration plugin as well as bbPress if you want to have a forum on your site as well:
When these plugins have been activated, you’ll notice several additions in your Dashboard:
We will go over all these options and the roles they have in course creation.
To create a course, navigate to LMS > Add New Course. This will open up the new course form. Like any form, this one has the title and the content fields. The content you input here will become the Course Description:
You can display the main Course Instructor in the top section of the course layout. In order to do this, select an instructor from the dropdown list in the Course Settings:
The instructor is now displayed below the course title:
In order to be able to choose an Instructor, you have to create one first. You can find instructions on how to do this here.
Next to the Instructor you will notice the Course Categories section. To add this section to your course, you need to select a course category:
This category will be displayed next to the instructor. You can also select multiple categories. To create a category, navigate to LMS > Course Categories where you will see a form for creating a category.
The form is fairly standard when it comes to creating categories, and it very much resembles the form used for post categories; the only difference being that there is an option to select an Icon Pack and add an Icon to a category. This icon will not be displayed at the top of the course layout, but it will be shown in the Course Categories widget.
You can also add content to the sidebar of your Course, such as Course Features, Course List, Course Categories, etc. This content is added using the appropriate widgets and adding them to a sidebar which is then selected in the Course Options:
Pay particular attention to the Course Features widget, because this widget displays the information you provide in the Course Settings section, such as course duration, number of students and number of re-takes:
You will also notice the Free Course option among these settings. This option indicates whether the course is free or not. In either case this information will be displayed at the top of your course, and in both cases users will have to go through the checkout process in order to apply for the course. In case the course is not free, you will see a field to input the course price as well as a discount, if necessary. The checkout uses the standard WooCommerce checkout:
In order for this to work, both the WooCommerce and WooCommerce Checkout Integration plugins must be active. The application will be processed as a WooCommerce order and all applications can be tracked in the WooCommerce > Orders section.
Once the checkout process is complete, the applicant becomes a member of the course. This brings us to the next option – Course Members, located near the bottom of Course Settings:
This option determines whether your course will have the Members displayed. If toggled to ‘Yes’, the Members tab will be visible and all the people who’ve applied for the course will be displayed there:
If toggled to ‘No’, the Members tab will not be displayed.
The final option in this section of Course Settings is the Course Forum option:
This option lets you select a forum related to the course from a dropdown list. In order for this option to be available and to create Forums, the bbPress plugin must be activated.
Feel free to consult this article for instructions on how to create a Forum using this plugin.
Once you’ve selected a forum you want to display on your course, it will appear as an additional tab:
The remaining Course options are located in the Course Curriculum section and they are displayed in the Curriculum tab:
These options let you make a nicely organized curriculum for your course. You can divide it by sections, and you can name each section, give a short description of what this section is about and add specific Lessons and Quizzes to it:
The Lessons and Quizzes are added by clicking the Add New Lesson and Add New Quiz buttons. This adds a corresponding section with a dropdown list displaying all available Lessons or Quizzes to choose from. In order to add Lessons and Quizzes to these dropdown lists, you need to create them first.
You can see detailed instructions on how to create a Lesson here.
To see how to create a Quiz, check out this article.
That rounds up the curriculum, the most important part of your course.
The final set of options for the Quiz is its rating. This section lets logged in users leave comments and reviews on your courses. This can be disabled for all courses in Theme Options > Courses > Single Course: