Creating courses in LearnDash

Creating courses in LearnDash it easy peasy. Let me prove it.

This short course took me a couple of hours, from scratch. It really is that simple. Let’s look first at the course structure that LearnDash has.

Courses are split into sections, lessons and topics. You can rename these to whatever you want, but for the purpose of this course, we’ll stick to the default settings.

The course hierarchy

A course hierarchy looks like this:

  • Course Title
    • Section Title
      • Lesson One
        • Topic One
        • Topic Two

You will always have a course, lesson and topics, but if you wish, you can choose to have just one lesson and list all of your topics under it (this course has only one lesson with all topics under it).

I always recommend setting out your structure using Word first, so you have it clearly laid out before you start building your course.

Resource: I use this Word document to create courses.

I always recommend creating topics first, then your lessons and finally your course (it will become clear why I use that order).

Creating your topics is done in the same way as creating a WordPress page or post. You add your topic content (text, images and video) in the WordPress editor and then save it. easy.

It’s the same process for creating lessons, though lessons are really just an introduction to the topics that are included in that lesson.

Once you have created your topics and lessons, the next step is to build your course. Below is a quick video on the process of building courses (the lessons and topics have already been created).

A bit about quizzes and assignments

LearnDash also lets you set quizzes and assignments on each of your courses.

You can set assignments for your course, which enables learners to upload files to that course, so you can monitor their progress and understanding of the course content.

You can also create quizzes for your course, again this is a good way to test a learners understanding of your course, plus its a good way to keep the course interesting.

OK, in the final topic we’ll look quickly at managing users, then you have a quiz to do!